A screen resolution that uses 1,080 horizontal lines with progressive scanning. See also HDTV.
See ultra HD.
A screen resolution that uses 480 horizontal lines with interlaced scanning. See also SDTV.
A screen resolution that uses 576 horizontal lines with interlaced scanning. See also SDTV.
A screen resolution that uses 720 horizontal lines with progressive scanning. See also HDTV.
See ultra HD-2.
a la carte:
A streaming media service where you pay for just the channels you want to watch.
See wireless access point.
A technology found in some streaming media players that enables you to beam media from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac directly to the player.
See signal amplifier.
A device that can receive over-the-air TV signals broadcast from a transmission tower that's within the antenna's range.
See antenna coupler.
A device that combines the signals from multiple antennas into a single output.
The number of decibels (db) of power that an antenna's amplifier boosts the incoming signal.
In the United States and Canada, a new broadcast TV standard that offers higher picture quality, improved signal reception (especially for indoor antennas), interactive features, and targeted advertising.
A radio frequency over which a device sends and receives data.
A measure of how much data gets sent and received through an Internet connection during a specified time frame, such as a month.
A maximum amount of bandwidth an Internet connection is allowed to use during a specified time frame.
An area of memory or storage that’s used to store the next few seconds or minutes of streaming playback.
A television signal carried via a cable.
A streaming service that offers TV show and movie bundles similar to those offered by cable services.
A high-priced cable company offering that combines one or two premium or popular channels with a bunch of second-rate channels.
A DVR that stores its recordings online.
A cable used to connect an over-the-air antenna to a TV, an external tuner, or a DVR.
coaxial cable splitter:
A device that takes a single coaxial cable connection and offers two or more coaxial outputs so that you can split an over-the-air TV signal between multiple devices.
coaxial extension adapter:
A device that enables you to connect two coaxial cables.
Another term for media.
A person who looks for online alternatives to paying for cable TV offerings.
A person who severs her relationship with her cable company and finds alternatives to cable elsewhere.
A person who really dislikes paying for cable TV.
A person who has never had a cable TV account.
A person who takes steps to reduce her cable TV bill.
See cord shaver.
customer retention agent:
A cable company employee whose job it is to convince people like you not to cancel their accounts.
See bandwidth cap.
An area of your home that gets a very weak Wi-Fi signal or no signal.
A phenomenon that causes a weak over-the-air TV signal to not appear on the TV (as opposed to appearing on the TV with a poor or intermittent picture).
digital video recorder:
A Bluetooth device that's broadcasting its availability for pairing with another device.
A coaxial splitter that also amplifies the signal to make up for the power loss that occurs when you split a signal.
A device that plugs directly (that is, without a cable) into a port on another device, such as a computer or TV; see also streaming dongle.
The rate — usually measured in Mbps — at which data is sent from the Internet to your location; see also upload speed.
An over-the-air TV antenna that supports both VHF and UHF frequencies.
A device that records a live TV signal for later playback.
A networking technology that enables wired communications between devices.
See coaxial extension adapter.
A device that helps extend a mesh network.
The endpoint of a coaxial connection, which will be a plug (usually at both ends of a coaxial cable) or a jack (usually part of a device, such as a TV or DVR).
See F connector.
The original settings that are the defaults for a device when it's new. Resetting a device to its factory default settings can often solve recalcitrant problems.
A period — usually a month — during which you can try a streaming service without charge.
A local TV station that uses a transmission tower with a range of between 50 miles (80 kilometers) and 80 miles (128 kilometers).
See antenna gain.
Gigabits per second; a measure of the speed of a data transmission. See also Mbps.
Gigahertz; a measure of electromagnetic wave frequency.
A billion bits.
A billion hertz.
A screen resolution that supports both 1080p and 720p.
An antenna that can receive over-the-air HDTV signals.
A tuner that can interpret over-the-air HDTV signals.
An electromagnetic wave frequency equal to one cycle per second.
In the United States and Canada, the VHF range for TV transmissions between 174 MHz and 210 MHz for channels 7 through 13; see also low-VHF.
The number of pixels in a single scan line from left to right across a TV screen.
Hertz; a measure of electromagnetic wave frequency.
A TV station that is not affiliated with any national broadcast network and is independently owned and operated.
The incoming connection that the TV uses to display a signal on its screen.
intelligent band steering:
Enables a Wi-Fi router to automatically choose the best band available for the data it's receiving.
A TV technology in which the odd and even scan lines of the screen are rendered separately.
A connector into which you can insert a plug; see also F connector.
A television signal carried via a video stream over the Internet.
An imaginary straight line between an antenna and a transmission tower that doesn't go through the Earth or through a tall object such as a building or a hill.
As-it’s-happening audio or video, such as on-the-air TV programs delivered by your cable provider or Fire TV Recast, live concerts or sporting events, Internet-based audio or video phone calls, or video feeds of a specific place or scene.
low perceived value:
A product or service for which customers don't feel like they're getting their money's worth; also known as cable TV.
A local TV station that uses a transmission tower with a range between 15 miles (24 kilometers) and 30 miles (48 kilometers).
In the United States and Canada, the VHF range for TV transmissions between 54 and 82 MHz for channels 2 through 6; see also high-VHF.
A device that improves over-the-air TV signal quality by filtering out interference from surrounding LTE cellular signals.
Megabits per second; a measure of the speed of a data transmission. See also Gbps.
Anything you can play via Fire TV, including movies, TV shows, games, music, slideshows, and home videos.
A million bits.
A TV station that is part of a collection of stations that together own the network. The main example in the US is the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Each member station is independently owned and operated.
A wireless network that combines a router and one or more extension nodes. These devices work together to extend the full capabilities of the network to every corner of your home.
A device that receives data from and sends data to the Internet.
An antenna that picks up signals from any direction; see also unidirectional.
Over-the-air TV signal interference caused by a single broadcast signal bouncing off buildings and other objects, resulting in multiple reflections of the signal reaching an antenna.
A TV station that carries some or all programs broadcast by a particular national broadcast network, but the station is independently owned and operated.
Television programming supplied to a local station by a parent national broadcast network.
Next Gen TV:
See ATSC 3.0.
See owned and operated.
A live TV broadcast signal that can be picked up by using an HDTV antenna.
A TV service delivered via a broadband Internet connection.
Making an over-the-air TV signal too powerful for a TV tuner to pick up by using a signal amplifier to boost an already strong over-the-air TV signal.
owned and operated:
A TV station that is the property of, and is run by, a national broadcast network (such as one of the so-called Big Five in the United States: ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, or NBC).
To connect two Bluetooth devices.
Government-mandated regulatory fees that the cable company is all too happy to pass along to its customers.
A picture element; a point of light that uses a combination of red, green, and blue.
A connector that you can insert into a jack; see also F connector.
power over coax:
A device that supplies electrical power via a coaxial cable.
A TV technology in which all the scan lines of the screen are rendered at the same time.
A coaxial cable that offers four layers of shielding to help prevent signal leakage; see also triple shield.
The maximum distance that a transmission tower can be located from an antenna for the antenna to pick up the tower's broadcast signal.
See wireless range extender.
The sharpness of a TV screen, measured in pixels.
See transmit channel.
A device that connects directly via Ethernet to an Internet modem and then creates a local area network to share that connection with other devices in your home. See also wireless access point.
See extension node.
A television signal transmitted via an orbiting satellite.
A screen resolution that supports both 480i and 576i.
second screen experience:
Watching media on a main screen (such as your TV) and using a second screen (such as tablet or smartphone) to control playback and display extra info about the media, such as the cast and music.
A box-like streaming media player that's meant to sit on a shelf or table and connect to your display device using an HDMI cable; see also dongle.
A device that boosts an over-the-air TV signal.
A device that reduces an over-the-air TV signal.
See coaxial cable splitter.
A streaming media feature that enables you to access the service's content on multiple devices at the same time.
A streaming media service bundle that includes only a small number of channels.
A TV that has computer hardware on the inside that runs essentially the same software as a streaming media player.
See coaxial cable splitter.
See streaming media player.
A method of sending media over the Internet from a server to a computer in which the media begins playing within a few seconds and continues until the media is complete.
A streaming media player that connects directly to an HDMI port on a TV or display.
Television programs — as well as movies, music, podcasts, and other media — that are made available over the Internet.
streaming media player:
A device that enables you to access and watch streaming media.
streaming media playback:
The capability of playing, pausing, rewinding, and fast-forwarding an incoming media stream, usually by pressing buttons on a remote control that comes with the streaming media device.
streaming service interface:
A method for discovering and interacting with services that offer audio, video, or live streams.
A device that combines a streaming media player with audio hardware, usually including speakers and subwoofer.
See streaming dongle.
Text transcriptions of the voice track in a TV show, movie, or video.
A device placed over an unused coaxial cable output to prevent signal leakage from that output.
A tall structure that uses a transmitter to broadcast a station's digital television signal as radio waves in all directions.
The channel number corresponding to the frequency at which an over-the-air TV signal is broadcast; see also virtual channel.
A router feature that offers three radio bands.
A coaxial cable that offers three layers of shielding to help prevent signal leakage; see also quad shield.
A device that can interpret the signals received from an over-the-air antenna and display those signals as television video and audio.
See ultra HD.
See ultra HD-2.
A screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.
A screen resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels.
Radio frequencies ranging from 300 MHz and 3 GHz. The specific range used by TV signals varies by country.
An antenna that picks up signals from a single direction; see also multidirectional.
The rate — usually measured Mbps — at which data is sent from your location to the Internet; see also download speed.
A signal amplifier that offers an adjustable rate of amplification, usually to prevent overdriving the signal.
The number of pixels in a vertical column from top to bottom of a TV screen.
very high frequency:
Radio frequencies ranging from 30 to 300 MHz. The specific ranges used by TV signals vary depending on the country.
Mostly prerecorded TV shows and movies through services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
The channel number you tune to on your TV to watch an over-the-air TV channel, which is usually different than the station's transmit channel.
wireless access point:
A device that creates a wireless network. Most wireless access points today are bundled with a router.
wireless range extender:
A device that increases the range of a wireless signal.