July 27th, 2011
Disney’s Tangled is a visually stunning and entertaining family romp. Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel, a feisty teen with 70 feet of magical hair who is locked in a tower. Charming bandit Flynn Rider, voiced by Zachary Levi of Chuck, scales the mysterious tower looking for a place to hide and is taken captive by Rapunzel.
Thus begins a madcap journey in which Flynn agrees to take Rapunzel to see the world in exchange for freeing him. Joining them on their quest is super-cop horse, Rapunzel’s protective chameloen and a gang of thugs.
Adding to Moore and Levi’s voices are those of Jeffrey Tambor, M.C. Gainey, Ron Perlman, Brad Garrett and Donna Murhpy.
Tangled offers up what we’ve come to expect from Disney animations: a fun family comedy the parents can enjoy as well.
Categories: Channels & Shows
July 25th, 2011
DISH Network customers with a Logitech Revueâ„¢ have the most advanced Google TV experience available. The integration includes robust search capabilities spanning Web and DVR content as well as DISH Network Video On Demand programming, something no other provider can offer!
With Google TV you can:
Enjoy Youtubeâ„¢ and other web videos – all on your TV.
Search for a movie and find it, whether it’s on TV, the Web, your DVR or On Demand.
Watch a cooking show and look up recipes on your big screen.
Come back next Monday to find out what else is new with DISH Network!
Categories: DISH & TV news
July 15th, 2011
LCD TVs are known for having poor black levels but recent developments have helped to fix some of the issues. LCD TVs are back-lit by cold-cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs), so there will always be some light leaking through and you won’t get that deep black you see on a Plasma TV.
LCD also falls short of plasma when it comes to viewing angles as well, there is some color changes and wash out when watching an LCD from an angle. LCD TVs are best placed in rooms where there is plenty of seating directly in front of it. LCD image and color quality may also suffer when in a darkened room.
LCDs are available in a variety of sizes from 19″ to 65″, and in the popular 40 to 55″ size range, LCD and plasma are priced similarly.
LED TVs are not necessarily new technology. They’re just an LCD TV that uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for back lighting instead of the standard cold-cathode fluorescent lights (CCFLs). There are two kinds of LED TVs: full array and edge-lit.
Full array means LEDs are placed across the back panel, just like in LCD TVs with a CCFL backlight.
Edge-lit came about as a way to make TVs even thinner. The lights are placed on all four sides and is projected to the center. Edge-lit LED TVs are the most common.
LED TVs are available in 32″ or larger, are often thinner and use a little bit less energy. Some models may offer slightly better picture quality, but are expensive.
Plasma is the original flat-screen TV technology, and though newer LCD technology has begun to edge it out you still tend to get a better picture quality from plasma. Plasma has wider viewing angles, allowing for more people to watch from a wider space.
Plasmas main issues are that they’re larger, heavier and less energy efficient than their LCD counterparts. They also have issues with reflecting light off their glass screens, which can make viewing in a bright room difficult. Plasma screen do have superior color richness, but are best viewed in darker rooms.
Plasma TVs are available in 42″ or larger and often beat out the LCD competition in price, especially 50″ and above. 50″ is considered by most to be the perfect size for a plasma TV.
|Size||19 to 65″||32″+
|Viewing Area||Best directly in front of TV||Wider angles and better color uniformity when not in front|
|Colors||Bright and vibrant, poor black levels||Rich with excellent deep blacks|
|Best Viewed In||Lighter rooms where flaws are less visible||Dark rooms where there is not a lot of potential glare|
|Energy Efficiency||Much better than plasma||Some models may be slightly better than LCD||Worst|
Categories: DISH & TV news
July 13th, 2011
Hard drives hold all of our digital information, from family pictures to vital documents, and unfortunately hard drive failure can be caused by many different things and result in data loss or expensive data recovery costs. I learned the hard way to make sure all of my documents were backed up regularly, and in my efforts to protect my digital data I realized most of us overlook the hard drives in our DVRs. It’s easy to do, considering we don’t really look at our receiver as a computer, but your DVR hard drive is likely one of the most used in your house.
There are many benefits to connecting an external hard drive to a DISH Network receiver, such as backing up and protecting your existing recordings, expanding your available hard drive space and transferring recordings from one receiver on your account to another. You can even turn your 211, 211k, or 411 receiver into a DVR by connecting it to an external hard drive and paying a one-time activation fee of $40.
While most major manufacturers’ external hard drives are compatible with DISH Network DVRs, keep in mind the following guidelines when purchasing an external hard drive:
The following external hard drives meet the above criteria:
Once you’ve picked out your compatible external hard drive, simply plug it into an outlet near your DISH Network receiver and then connect it to the USB port on your receiver. Your receiver will prompt you to format the external hard drive, install the software and then your receiver will reset.
Once you receiver turns back on you’re external hard drive will be available to use. Now you can ensure that you’ll never have to worry about losing your DBR recordings. One less hard drive to worry about in your home!
Categories: DISH & TV news
July 11th, 2011
New and qualifying former DISH Network customers who sign up for a new DISH Network account before 9/30/11 can get all HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz premium movie channels FREE for 3 months. That’s 30 channels of the newest movies and award-winning shows, completely free for the first 3 months!
This promotion is only available to new and qualified former DISH Network customers who sign up for a new DISH Network account before 9/30/11. After the 3 month promotion time expires your account will be charged the then-current price for the premium channels unless you downgrade your services.
Check us out next Monday to learn all about DISH Network’s newest promos and to hear what’s new!
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Categories: Specials & Deals