Necessity is the mother of invention, and when it comes to universal remotes, that’s true. Who doesn’t miss getting up from a comfy couch just to switch TV channels or adjust the volume? In the 1950s, Howard Manischewitz grew tired of television commercials being louder than the actual TV programs. So, he quickly came up with a solution that allowed him to turn off the audio without having to leave the comfort of his favorite chair. He called his new invention, “Blab-Off,” for obvious reasons. Universal remote controls have come a long way since the Blab-Off, and their evolution is certainly keeping up with the times. Two of the most recent innovative universal remotes include a companion remote and a Bluetooth programmable remote. What sets them apart are their amazing bonus features that are sure to save time and make your life easier.
Posted August 4, 2021 at 08:56 AM
Posted December 2, 2020 at 05:41 PM
As streaming options continue to soar, more and more people are staying in to enjoy their favorite movies and shows. For those of us who like to up the ambiance while viewing our favorite shows, what better way to do that than to lower the lights and dish up some buttery popcorn goodness to replicate the movie-theater experience? However, did you know that watching TV or even playing video games in the dark can cause eyestrain and lead to headaches? There is a solution, and it's called bias lighting.
The science and benefits of bias lighting are fascinating, so I'll touch on the highlights, as well as an innovative way you can easily incorporate bias lighting into your home entertainment setup. For greater insight and details, download our free Bias Lighting Guide.
Posted May 1, 2020 at 10:11 AM
Knowledge is power, and when severe weather is in the forecast, staying on top of storm prediction updates and weather conditions not only helps us prepare and stay safe, but also gives us peace of mind, which can greatly reduce storm-related anxiety. These days, it’s fairly easy to access weather information, but here are our top picks for keeping an eye—or ear—on the weather while you're at home, in the office or on the go.
Posted December 19, 2019 at 10:05 AM
The rankings are in and the bowl games are set! Are you ready for some football? Outside of sitting in the stands, your only options to watch most of the bowl games are cable, satellite or a streaming service. If you’re a cord cutter and a football fanatic, now’s the time to review your game plan so you won’t miss any of your favorite college teams battle it out on the gridiron.
Check out the full schedule of bowl games to see when, where and how you can catch all the action.
Topics: Cutting the Cord
Posted November 8, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Dreaming of cutting the cord but don’t know where to start? These three simple steps will help you determine if cord-cutting is the best value for you, what options are available and what equipment you’ll need for success.
Posted August 30, 2019 at 10:06 AM
Cord cutters come in all types and number in the tens of millions, and although this trend began less than a decade ago, it continues to soar in the U.S. If it maintains its upward trajectory, an estimated 51 million people will cut the cord by 2021. Whether you’re a seasoned cord-cutter or are considering it as a great way to streamline your budget and customize your entertainment choices, there are a growing number of ways to get the most out of your decision to ditch cable.
Posted July 11, 2019 at 01:25 PM
If you’re one of the 33 million cord-cutters and you rely on a TV antenna for local programming, or if you simply use an antenna as a backup for potential cable or satellite outages, then you should plan to rescan. Antenna users typically have access to more than 30 free over-the-air channels. Larger metro areas could have up to 100!
As channels change frequencies or are added to the airwaves, a quick channel scan can easily capture those updates and keep you from missing out on the best in free TV.
Posted March 22, 2019 at 12:04 PM
Did you know antennas have a higher visual and audio quality than cable or satellite? After you choose to cut the cord, the next thing to determine is how to set up your HD antenna to receive the best signal for the best picture possible. Without a cable service representative coming to the house to set up your home entertainment for you, questions can quickly arise in a DIY setting. We talked with our antenna experts here at Jasco and asked them all the questions you will need to know in "Ask the Experts — Antennas edition.”
Posted September 7, 2018 at 03:27 PM
No one enjoys going to a channel and finding that their favorite programming has moved.
However, changes in frequency have been a reality of broadcasting for as long as people have been watching television – and new changes are on their way. If you rely on a TV antenna – as opposed to cable or satellite – to bring in over-the-air channels, rescanning your TV or set-top box will be necessary to ensure a fully up-to-date viewing experience.
Posted September 20, 2017 at 03:24 PM
With the average cost of cable over $100/month and up to $1,200 a year - it's no wonder people everywhere are making the decision to ditch their cable plan and cut the cord. But to many, cutting the cord seems terrifying. How can you watch your favorite shows without cable? Can one honestly live without it? The answer is simple: yes you can, and you can do it easily! Getting your TV fix without cable is easier now than it has ever been. You can still watch TV without cable and catch any, and all, of the best shows by