Why Was American Idol Contestant Chris Golightly Kicked Off?

Why was the American Idol top 24 contestant Chris Golightly kicked off the season 9 show earlier in the week? Many people have had their theories about the reason he got kicked off but the truth has come out and now we know its because he actually has a recording contract already.

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The 26 year old from California who is also a shoe salesman would never have been allowed to audition much less get this far in the contest if the producers found out about this back in the summer of 2009 when Chris auditioned.

Now there is a replacement and his name is Tim Urban a 20 year old from Duncanville ,Texas.

Idol host Ryan Seacrest failed to inform television viewers that Golightly had been booted from the show. Perhaps the folks at Fox assumed no one would notice the lightning-quick swap

A short time later, when Fox introduced the 24 semi-finalists, one by one, Golightly was inexplicably missing. In the apparently hastily re-edited segment, he was mysteriously replaced by Tim Urban, a 20-year-old, baby-faced singer from Duncanville, TX.

Chriss Tried to call foul, claiming the contract was not in place when he tried out for the show, but a copy of the document obtained by TMZ appeared to show that Golightly signed an exclusive deal with Dream Projects Entertainment on May 30, 2009, one month before trying out for “Idol.” The terms of that contract were for two years.

Source: dani

The Immigration War on America

America has the strongest and most high tech military the world has ever seen. There is no current military threat religious or otherwise in the entire world that is able to match it. As a result, America faces a different kind of war which has been waged at it’s borders for many years now and it’s called; “Massive Illegal Immigration”.

Listen to what the troops are saying who are in favor of massive illegal immigration…

In LA on April 8, 2007, Carrying signs saying “Amnesty Now!” and “Love Thy Neighbor, Don’t Deport Him,” about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted “Si, se puede!” or “It can be done!”

In Denver, Colorado, protesters waved Mexican flags and brandished signs saying: “Uncle Sam Stole Our Land!” and: “If you think I’m illegal because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history, because I’m in my homeland.”

“Today we march, tomorrow we vote”

In Dallas, Texas, on April 9, 2006 half a million people marched, again waving Mexican flags with “Our Lady of Guadalupe” (an immensely popular “apparition” of the “Virgin Mary” in Mexico).

The Main Force Behind Massive Illegal Immigration

“Prayer books and guides to social and religious services should be provided along the way and at the points of arrival. The migrants should be reminded of their role as evangelizers”.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

There has been little dispute about the vast majority of illegals being Roman Catholics coming from Mexico and other Latin countries. There has been however, various theories on the main force behind the massive illegal immigration army which is constantly crossing the US border. Talk show hosts in mainstream conservatism and liberalism media outlets say its merely poverty that drives them across. While others say illegals want to make money so they can go back to their own country and retire the rest of their lives while living a rich life. However, and this is not something you will hear on Fox News or CNN, but the Vatican has for years been the main force behind the invasion. Yes, the Vatican! Why? Like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have declared the role of the illegals is be “evangelizers”. Not only that, but it’s main focus is to basically populate America with more Catholics. A Roman Catholic priest, Paul Marx, back in 1987, was pretty clear and open about the Vatican’s role in supporting and encouraging illegal mass immigration of Latin Americans into the United States he states:

“America is a dying nation. I tell the Mexicans when I am down in Mexico to keep on having children, and then to take back what we took from them: California, Texas, Arizona, and then to take the rest of the country [the United States] as well.”

Also the late pope, John Paul II stated…

“They [immigrants] often bring with them a cultural and religious heritage which is rich in Christian [read “Roman Catholic’] elements. The Church… is committed to spare no effort in developing her own pastoral strategy among these immigrant people, in order to help them settle in their new land and to foster a welcoming attitude among the local population”

There was a study released in June by the California Catholic Conference, and entitled “Planning for the Future of the California Catholic Church. In that study contained interesting stats. By 2025, Roman Catholics are expected to comprise about 36% of California’s population, compared to about 30 percent now. In 2005, 11.1 million of California’s 36.6 million were Roman Catholics. By 2025, it is expected that 16.7 million of California’s expected 45.9 million people will be Roman Catholics. This is an increase of 5.6 million Roman Catholics. Of these, 3.5 million will be the result of new births, and 2.1 million will be new immigrants. “Church” membership will grow by 129%.

The Latino portion of the increased population of California in the period 1990-2005 was 79% of all new Californian residents. Between 2005 and 2025 it is expected to amount to 81% of new residents.

By 2025, 4.3 million new Roman Catholic baptisms would have occurred, over 3.1 million children will receive their “first communion” in the Roman Catholic institution, and the average parish will have expanded by over 1800 families.

“They [the immigrants]… come with the values that are so needed in the United States today…. This is a special moment in the history of the Catholic Church and the history of migration”.

Roman Catholic cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, of Washington, D.C.

The Vatican Using “Forgiveness” to promote illegal immigration

A local radio host in my local area who is a devote Catholic and has conservative political viewpoints informs the listening audience that he gets slightly annoyed by visiting Priests or his local Priest in general when political issues are brought up. He just doesn’t like politics mixed in with preaching he said. Mainly because he disagrees what the Priests are saying politically not doctrinally. For example, a visiting Priest in a loud voice told Roman Catholics they must forgive illegal immigrants, sex abusers, and so on. Since we are focusing in on massive illegal immigration, we will leave the sex abuse scandals for another time. But in the eyes of this Priest who was at odds with this devote Catholic radio talk show host, forgiveness of illegal immigrants is allowing them to cross the US border at will which is in line with the Vatican. And it’s not only him, but other Priests around the country are using “forgiveness” in the wrong sense to promote massive illegal immigration.

Mexico and The Vatican

Without question, there is also a push for expansion of Mexico which suites the Vatican just fine because Mexico has been mainly Roman Catholic for many hundreds of years.

“This is our land, and our continent, this is not property of the Europeans or their descendants. Not one inch of this continent belongs to Europeans, no matter what lies or distortions of ownership they may present…. Remember that we have only temporarily (and illegally) been deprived of the rights to our continent and our heritage. This occupation of our continent is not a permanent condition.”

Olin Tezcatilpoca

It’s not shocking to know that almost 60 percent of Mexicans believe they should be able to cross into the United States whenever they please. A woman on one of the most popular programs on the Fox News cable network was asked by the host, “Do you believe in the United States having the right to control it’s own borders”. She replied, “Back in the 1600’s people were free to travel anywhere in the United States”. The host looked puzzled for a moment and said with a stern voice, “I’m not asking you what happened in the past before America became a country, I mean now the present. I’m asking you again if you believe that the United States has a right to control it’s own border”. She then finally responded, “Yes of course, I believe the United States has that right to control their own border”. If you look closely to what she said, she indeed does not believe in the United States controlling it’s own border. For how can one believe that a country can control it’s own border but yet believe that people have the right to travel into another country as they please.

Elvira Arellano an illegal immigrant activist who was on a mission to try and change what she and others have called; “a broken immigration policy” in the United States. She was originally caught using fraudulent credentials and deported back to Mexico only to cross the borders again illegally. In 2002, she went to a Methodist ‘church’ building in Chicago to seek a safe haven in order to block attempts in sending her back to Mexico once again. She tried having a kid and using the kid’s health in order to argue she has to stay in the US. Finally it was revealed she was captured in August 2007, and sent back to Mexico while choosing to leave her son behind even though she could have taken him with her. The debate over massive illegal immigration began to take hold again nationally as tv and radio talk shows were talking about Miss Arellano’s situation.

Before I conclude this part on Mexico and the Vatican, the issue of how the US treats illegal immigrants with their US born kids came up after the Elvira Arellano situation…When it comes to illegal immigrants filtering into Mexico from other countries, the Mexican government requires them to pay a fee in order to cross their borders into the United States. Often times the illegals who cross into Mexico are treated very badly and spit upon by Mexican authorities or Mexican civilians.

Other Forces Behind Massive Illegal Immigration

While discussing the main force behind the push for massive illegal immigration. We cannot forget about the Communists and Socialists who are also a major force behind illegal immigration. Since 9/11 and even before then, we can also include terrorist support for illegal immigration. When it comes to pushing illegal immigration, socialists love the concept and practice especially from third world countries because it enhances their power as these illegal immigrates being poor they require such needs from the government like free education, free health care, and so on.

The (Communist) Workers World Party, and the International Socialist Organization, brought printed placards and signs to the demonstration, and handed out copies of their newspapers in Spanish and English. Socialist literature was displayed on tables. The Workers World Party distributed placards with pictures of Che Guevara. They also carried placards with the words: “Workers’ Struggles Have No Borders!” True Communist propaganda: that nation-states are irrelevant, that borders should come down.

Shaun Willcock

(A Christian Pastor who runs Bible Based Ministries)

What about big business or businesses in general? Many would ask and argue over as the main force behind illegal immigration…Indeed this is another force behind illegal immigration, no doubt about it but it’s not the main force. Many businesses who hired illegals for cheap labor has seen their profits increased more than with legal citizens. Many countries like China who have become an industrial powerhouse and take advantage of their cheap labor in their own country have made it difficult for America companies to compete for business. Thus, the illegals become more profitable for these America companies to hire. In some cases profit doesn’t matter at all, we find some rich people hiring illegals to be nannies, cooks, maids, and so on even though they can afford legal citizens to do the job.

On September 11, 2001 is when the world saw illegals for the first time attack the America in a massive way as many innocent people were killed in the name of the Islamic religion. For years terrorists have been in the United States either raising money, or training or even both. Certainly terrorists promote illegal immigration as a way not only to attack other countries with their distorted beliefs for world conquest for their god, but also attack America too.

What about poverty? No one can deny, it’s one of the major reasons which motivates people to come to the America. And who can blame them? After all, their country is so poor with little opportunities to have any measure of success in life. Thus, people tend to want to cross the borders to come to the US to obtain great wealth beyond their wildest dreams of what they wouldn’t have obtained in their own country. Sadly, they are used by their so-called ‘church’, and other groups which includes socialists and communists. What cannot look a the various forces behind illegal immigration without mentioning criminal activity. Criminals who sell drugs for example, make huge profits from their criminal actions by smuggling illegal drugs into the US by various means such as underground tunnels, or various transportation.

And lastly, media bias which is in step with the Vatican and all other forces or people who are in favor of illegal immigration. The liberal media in the United States and even some in other countries like the BBC have been on a re-education campaign to attempt to try and sway public opinion. In this media blitz, they use labels such as “undocumented immigrants” which in a way is misleading because many do use “documents” but it’s used in a fraudulent manner or even stolen. However, there is some truth to this label. It does mean the government has no document of that person or persons who enter into the United States. So there is accurate count or estimate on how many are actually in the US from other countries who came here illegally. More than likely there are more illegals than what they are currently aware of.

Progress or Lack Thereof on Restricting Massive Illegal Immigration

The Border Patrol still remains under staffed and even with an increased and capable staff, it appears their main job is to capture then send the illegals back without prosecution. A group of civilians frustrated with the governments lack of progress in securing the borders formed the “Minute Man” organization. Their objective was to assist the border patrol by spotting illegals and contacting them. President Bush decided to send the National Guard down to the US/Mexican borders to help assist with the problem of massive illegal immigration. But again, the National Guard is most likely going to be use to capture and then transfer the illegals back to Mexico without being prosecuted.

Recently as of August 10, 2007, President Bush is trying make a push for his plan to raise the fines on employers who hire illegal immigrants as part of a broader plan said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Also a quicker deployment of an under staff boarder patrol. It’s unknown as this time how much the fine will be for employers who break the law to hire illegals or how many more boarder patrol agents will be deployed more rapidly. This part of the plan has the farming industry worried and suggested it would put them out of business. About 75 percent of the farmer’s workforce are illegals. More than one million. I believe it’s around 2-5 million illegals in the farming workforce…Without no documentation it’s hard to really tell how many are in the country so most estimates in the media are on the low side. The farming industry does have to worry more but if we look at the history of illegal immigration, the enforcement of laws are weak at best. The rest of the President’s plan wants most of the illegals who are working to stay while sending back the head of household to their particular countries for about a year before returning again, and have to pay a 5,000 dollar fine over ten years.

In Conclusion

Before I conclude this news item lets make one thing clear…There is basically nothing wrong with legal immigration. America is a nation of immigrants who came here for a better life, adapted into the society well, and so on…In fact, the United States takes in more lawful immigrants than any other country in the world! But what we are seeing today on immigration is a emphasis on massive illegal immigration that should be considered as a war waged against the United States for religious, business, and political reasons.

Source: Mike Deubig

Are Forever Living Distributors Getting What They Need For Success?

Historical and Business Overview:

Forever Living Products (FLP), is also known as Forever Living Products International, Inc. is head-quartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company is a multi level company that sells Aloe Vera and Bee derived drinks, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and individual care products in over 137 countries.

The company was founded by Rex Maughan in 1978. He is the CEO of the company. Forever Living was ranked number 340 in the Forbes list of the 500 largest private companies in 2006. FLP uses a technique of multi-level marketing (MLM) where reps are mainly part-time agents selling products online and locally using in-person presentations.

Forever Resorts:

Forever Living is a vertically integrated company; meaning, they own everything; from the land the aloe vera plants are grown, to the processing and manufacturing plants, to the distribution facilities. So they monitor the quality of each phase.

In addition, Forever Living operates Forever Resorts, which owns and operates more than 65 vacation and entertainment properties located in or near National Parks, Recreation Areas and National Forests around the United States. Forever Resorts operates 20 properties in Europe and Africa. Their most celebrated estate is the Southfork Ranch in Texas, which became a household label thanks to the TV show “Dallas”. Moreover, Forever Resorts builds houseboats in factories located in Arizona and Indiana. These houseboats are provided as rentals in Forever Resorts’ marinas.


The Forever Living goods is the world’s leading dispenser of aloe vera and beehive-based goods. Below is the details about their primary product, the aloe vera:

1. FLP only grows Aloe Barbadensis Miller, which is supposed to be one of the more powerful curative varieties of aloe vera.
2. The aloe vera plants are gathered by hand, washed, and filleted to remove the exterior rind. The interior gel is collected into stainless steel vats.
3. FLP only utilizes the inner gel of the aloe vera plant.
4. Aloe Vera is the number one ingredient. They start with 100% genuine inner gel and blend it with other ingredients as necessary.
5. FLP has a patented stablization practice to ensure the aloe vera is the same to the interior leaf gel. The aloe vera is also free of any type of pesticides, freeze drying and heat treatment.
6. All of FLP’s health, beauty, and dietary products carry the International Aloe Science Council Seal of Approval.
7. All of FLP’s goods are restricted and consistently tested by a team of microbiologists to ensure quality.

Forever Marketing Plan:

According to some sources, Forever Living has over 7 million distributors worldwide.

The distributors attend rallies to find tools, advanced training, and assistance.

How Does It Work?

The product is the principal thing to marketplace. As a Forever Living distributor, you get 5%-18% off the price of the products and you also get the same amount off every personal sale you make.

As you recruit individuals into the opportunity, you earn volume bonuses from their sales and you have the choice to earn trips, bonuses, and profit sharing.

Essentially, the earning potential stems from two central areas inside the marketing plan; selling and team marketing.

As a distributor, from the sale of the a variety of products, he or she can create a 43% profit. This means that for every $100.00 wholesale you purchase from the company, you will earn $43.00 profit. Moreover, FLP will pay you a individual bonus ranging from %5-18% of the retail cost.

When a distributor develops a team of distributors, he or she will receive, what is called, group volume bonuses, ranging from 3%-13%. Work with your team leaders and you will get an added leadership bonuses ranging from 2%-6%.

The business plan keeps you secure in whatever level of success you achieve. What this means is once you reach a status in the marketing plan, you stay there. You will also enjoy the victory of your team because the marketing plan does not allow any pass-ups.

As a distributor, you get instruction on the many products. They also lessen the paperwork and product inventory so that you can stay more focused on the customer, as well as with your distributors.

The FLB success cycle is as follows. First you purchase the business pak. Next move is to build a business plan, use and distribute the products, track your customers, do business presentations, and finally sponsor new reps.


The FLB overall business model appears simple enough, but are the trainings given sufficient enough to offer new reps the skills they need to build a business? If you are currently a Forever Living rep or are taking into consideration to join Forever Living, only you can respond to this question. My belief is, to be successful in any opportunity, you must be marketing yourself, and providing value to your customers by giving them something initially prior to pitching to them your products or business. This kind of marketing technique is referred to “Attraction Marketing”, and it is an tactic that can help you generate more sales readily. But, this is a subject I will cover at another time.

Overall, I think that Forever Living is a impressive company. It provides a business model that allows the serious business owner to build a business that will allow them to design a pleasant lifestyle. The products look good. The pay plan is your typical compensation plan, which means that it is not much different than other compensation plans I have seen; it can lead to a extremely comfortable lifestyle. The only one weakness I see here is the trainings that are provided. But, if you feel the trainings are not helpful enough, there are internet systems and trainings that can address this issue. You just have to be open to learning new skill sets.

Source: Lawren Smith

Hells Kitchen Season 8 Casting Now

If you have been enviously watching Gordon Ramsay scream at incompetent chefs for years now and have secretly wanted a go – now is your chance to be a television star and maybe get a job with the man with more Michelin Stars than almost anyone else!

You can apply a number of ways (although the chance of being most successful would be by attending a casting call at on of the locations listed below).

If you can’t make these castings, you can apply online at formspring.com/forms/realitycasting-hk

Or download a entry form that you can mail in via fox.com/hellskitchen/hk-application.pdf

Here are the locations for open castings;


OPEN CALL – Saturday, 10/10/2009

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

The Conlin Company

11825 Major Street, Suite 106

Culver City, California 90230

Contact: Renee at (310) 482-0435

or hellskitchen8@gmail.com


OPEN CALL – Monday, 10/12/2009

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Iron Cactus

1520 Main Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Contact: Brittany at (310) 482-0564

or Brittanycasting217@yahoo.com


OPEN CALL – Tuesday, 10/13/2009

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago

180 North Wabash St.

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Contact: Peter at (310) 482-0194

or hellskitchencasting@yahoo.com


OPEN CALL – Friday, 10/16/2009

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas

2350 Corporate Circle

Henderson, Nevada 89074

Contact: Brittany at (310)482-0564

or Brittanycasting217@yahoo.com


OPEN CALL – FRIDAY, 10/16/2009

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte

801 West Trade Street

Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-1122

Contact: Peter at (310) 482-0194

or hellskitchencasting@yahoo.com


OPEN CALL – Monday, 10/19/2009

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sutton Place Bar and Restaurant

1015 Second Avenue (Between 53rd & 54th Street)

New York, New York 10022

Contact: Debbie or Lisa at 917-678-9996

or Twinsworld1@aol.com

Best of luck – hopefuly sixteen people who can actually cook make it onto season 8!

Important notes!

Please make sure to visit fox.com/hellskitchen or theconlincompany.com for the application and eligibility requirements.

Please fill out your application and bring it with you TO THE OPEN CALL.

You can attend the open call or you may be contacted by a casting producer to meet you prior to the open call.


Source: Mel Siff

Dirk Nowitzki NBA Season

Born on June 19, 1979, Dirk Nowitzki is a native of Germany and currently plays for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. After applying early for entry into the 1998 NBA Draft, Nowitzki was selected ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was immediately traded, however, to the Dallas Mavericks. He struggled during his early career, as many athletes do, but has since risen to become one of the top players in the league.

During his NBA rookie season, Dirk Nowitzki averaged 8.2 points per game. The following year, during the 1999-2000 season, found Dirk finishing second in the NBA’s Most Improved Player voting. That season, he played in each of the 82 regular season games and averaged 17.5 points per game, which was more than double his average for the previous season.

By the time the 2000-2001 season rolled around, Dirk Nowitzki became the first player in team history to be selected to the All-NBA team. At that time, he became the team’s leading scorer with an average of 21.8 points per game. In the 2001-2002 season, Nowitzki’s success continued to grow as he averaged 23.4 points per game. During a bout of misfortune, Dirk Nowitzki suffered an injury to his left ankle that kept him from participating in six games. This marked the first time he had ever missed a game due to injuries.

During the 2002-2003 NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high average of 25.1 points per game. In addition, he averaged career-high assists and steals. In December 2002, Nowitzki missed two games due to yet another ankle injury. This one, however, affected the right ankle, which was sprained during a December 10 game against the Clippers. When the 2003-2004 season was underway, Dirk Nowitzki was averaging 21.8 points per game. During a November competition, a right ankle sprain took him out of the game after only seven minutes of play. This injury led to five games being missed.

Today, Dirk Nowitzki averages 26.6 points per game, stands 7′ tall and weighs 245 lbs. He is a forward that can often be intimidating to opponents as he not only has the height to earn points, but to rebound with ease. Away from the court, Dirk Nowitzki enjoys reading and playing the saxophone. His mother and father, both skilled in sports, have two children. Dirk’s sister, Silke, works for the NBA in International TV. His father, Joerg, played handball and his mother, Helen, was a star player for the German women’s national basketball team. Just before joining the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki served a mandatory term with the German Army from September 1997 through June 1998.

Fans who would like to request a signed photo or simply send Dirk Nowitzki their best wishes are urged to do so in care of his NBA franchise team. If you are requesting an autograph, be sure to include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) along with your request. It is recommended that fans not send an item that they could not afford to lose, such as prized possessions or limited edition collectibles. There is never a guarantee that an athlete will be able to accommodate every autograph request, which is why the most common items to send include a blank index card, trading card and/or photo. Letters and requests should be mailed to:

Dirk Nowitzki
Dallas Mavericks
The Pavilion
2909 Taylor St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Source: Cristi

Johnny Trigg – Bbq Pitmaster Of Smokin' Triggers

Johnny Trigg has been cooking barbecue, and winning, for some years now. Infact, so far he has managed to bag over $550,000 dollars in prize money as he has worked his way through a myriad of BBQ events while claiming a whole slew of titles along the way.

Featured in the TV show BBQ Pitmasters that has aired over the last few weeks on TLC, Johnny has been fortunate enough to escape a great deal of anguish that the other competitors have (see the power outage that affected Lee Ann Whippens rottiserie).

Alvarado born Texan, Johnny Trigg is well known for his top quality ribs, winning solid placements in events, and was named Grand Champion in the 15th annual Pork Checkoff-sponsored Great Pork BarbeQlossalTM way back in 2002.

At the time, his winning team, Smokin Triggers, earned cash and prizes including the grand prize of $5,000 and a Kingfisher Kooker valued at $1,700.

Things have only move onward and upward for Trigg since then, as he also won the Jack Daniel’s Championship in 2000 and 2003 and so far, has taken over 40 Grand Championships nationwide.

Much like Tuffy Stone, the relatively laid-back Trigg who is often called “The Grandfather of BBQ”, favors the use of a 26″ offset Jamie Geer built Jambo Pit that he has used with great success since he started competing seriously over a decade ago.

Johnny Triggs Smokin’ Triggers BBQ Grilling Tips

1. Purchase quality meats.

2. Use a rub or spice that will bring out the flavors.

3. Do not overcook the meat. Use a temperature gauge to check the doneness of the meat.

4. Use lump charcoal instead of bricks.

5. Do not soak wood chunks. It will add too much smoke flavor.

Johnny Trigg is set to perform well in TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters, among the stiff competition of Myron Mixon, Lee Ann Whippen, Paul Petersen, Jamie Geer, Harry Soo and Tuffy Stone who are all competing for the $40,000 prize.

Source: Lewis Theakson

AT&T U-verse TV Technology: How U-Verse Works

AT&T Uverse service transmits data and high definition television via fiber optic technology. Fiber optic data transmission uses glass or plastic strands to carry digital signals across longer distances – and unlike coaxial cable or standard phone line (DSL) does not degrade as quickly over long distances. Since fiber optics are based on light bursts, there is also an increase in speed and bandwidth, so much so that high definition TV, data, and voice signals are easily handled simultaneously (and with less interference) along the same strand.

What this means to a U-verse subscriber

Basically, this faster, cleaner signal capability means that you can enjoy phenomenal sound and picture quality, enhanced data rates while surfing the web, and clearer phone conversations than traditional like copper wiring or coaxial cable. Also, AT&T broadcasts TV in completely digital format.

Congress mandates all-digital television broadcasting by June 12, 2009

In an effort to free up wireless and public safety frequencies (such as fire, police, and emergency rescue), federal law required that by mid-year 2009 all over-the-air TV broadcasts adopt a digital broadcasting as the new carrier standard. To maintain compliance, consumers will slowly have to transition to a receiver/TV that can handle digital signaling (most modern TV’s already have this.) Also, since standard analog signals will be outmoded, there will be a search to find a quality service provider that utilizes digital technology.

Where AT&T U-verse sits regarding Digital TV

By nature of fiber optic transmission, U-verse is compliant with the new standards as it is completely digital is signal. The U-verse TV service will also work well with both older and newer TV sets ‘out of the box’ due to both analog and digital connection options for both television set types. Included in the receiver functionality is DVR, (or digital video recording) capability which can record up to 133 hours of standard definition television, or 37 hours of high definition programming.

The AT&T U-verse receiver features are now state of the art, and not only include the ability to set up recording from any internet capable device (ie; via work or other location away from home) but also these capabilities:

  • Record up to four programs at the same time.
  • Access, playback, and control the same recorded show independently on up to 4 TVs
  • Program your DVR from a remote location.
  • Pause a recorded show from any receiver and watch it from where you left off in another room.
  • On-screen program guide with 14-day look-ahead feature.
  • Access your Video on Demand library anytime.
  • On-screen parental control.

AT&T U-verse TV Remotes

With AT&T U-verse TV, you have a choice of two remote control devices: Standard and Easy Find.

AT&T U-verse TV Standard Remote Control

The Standard Remote Control is compatible with all AT&T U-verse TV receivers. Standard remote control features include:

  • Universal infrared remote control can control up to 3 additional devices.
  • Backlit to work well in low-light conditions.
  • Convenient, one-button access to the U-verse features you use most often: Record, Guide, Menu, and Video on Demand.

AT&T U-verse TV Easy Find Remote Control (Model A10)

The innovative AT&T U-verse TV Easy Find Remote Control puts you in charge of home entertainment. The Easy Find Remote Control is equipped with locating, learning, and recharging capabilities, and is compatible with all U-verse TV receivers.

The Easy Find Remote Control combines advanced features and convenience that you have come to expect from AT&T, including:

  • Locate your misplaced U-verse TV remote quickly with the touch of a single button that causes the remote to beep and flash.
  • The Easy Find Remote Control is environmentally-friendly with its rechargeable battery that lasts up to 3 months on a single charge.
  • Get rid of extra remotes. The Easy Find Infrared Remote Control allows you to program up to three other devices. It even learns from your other remote controls.

Additional Features: The base of the Easy Find Remote Control has a built-in clock with dimming feature. The remote is backlit for use in low light conditions and has one-button-access to the U-verse TV features you use most frequently.

Enjoy digital video recording (DVR) capabilities, access to over 85 High Definition channels, choice programming, Video on Demand, and a crystal-clear picture when you subscribe to U-verse TV.

For more information, point your browser to www.att-services.net.

R. Bierling writes technical information and articles about broadband and communications. Check reviews on vonage-faq.com or att-services.net for more information.

Source: Ro Bierling

Buying a Television; The Important Decisions

It can be extremely troublesome deciding which television set to buy. Ultimately the choice seems endless, LCD or plasma, CRT or flat screen and even Sony Bravia, Sharp Aquos or Panasonic Viera. Unfortunately; for the consumer it is only through a dedicated programme of research and careful consideration that the correct decision can be made on exactly which type of television to select.

In terms of brands the choice is pretty much down to personal preference; for example many Sony aficionados will advocate a Sony Bravia television above all else. In the same way Samsung fans promote their own view and the same can be said for nearly all the major brands. This is why forums on the internet should not be completely heeded as on the brand level, people are swayed by corporate image. The best course of action is to read these forums but to then make a decision using your own experiences. For instance if you have had a Sony Bravia or Panasonic Viera in the past and enjoyed the experience, selecting a similar type of television can be advisable.

It is not just about deciding upon a brand however. There is a myriad of considerations that simply must be made. For example while many simply opt for the largest LCD or plasmaTV they can afford, this is rarely advisable; even if it will impress friends and family. The size of television should be decided upon taking into account the size of the room and the distance from the television that viewers will sit. In a similar vein, the position of the TV set is also vital. Many flat screen televisions can now be wall mounted for the ultra chic, modern look. Whilst this may be aesthetically pleasing wall mounting should only be used if the wires can be hidden away to achieve the minimalist style.

Today high definition or HD is becoming increasingly popular in many homes. Ultimately it is a form of transmission and display that shows images in much greater clarity than standard definition. Consumers are met with a myriad of terminology including 720i, HD Ready, Full HD and 1080p. Fundamentally 720i and HD Ready television sets are able to display HD signals but it only the Full HD or 1080p TVs that generate a true HD picture. While the full HD sets may cost a little more, they are in a sense “future proof”, meaning that they will not be superseded for some time.

Some modern televisions do however have flaws when it comes to displaying fast moving images, particularly sports and movies. Subsequently companies such as Sony, Panasonic, LG and Samsung have had to develop faster refresh rates for the images displayed onto the screen. For instance the latest generation of Bravia televisions now work on a 200 MHz frequency, when this is compared to a typical LCD television frequency of 50 MHz the refresh rate can be deemed far superior.

This article has not been intended as a buyer’s guide to televisions but instead as an informative piece of writing detailing some of the latest developments in television technology. It has given a brief idea of what buyers should look for in a televisions and highlighted the importance of personal choice whenever choosing piece of electrical equipment.

Source: Tom Pretty

Television Advances Through The Years

I know my mom and dad recollect when they got their original television back when they were young. I grew up with television, so I don’t truly know what it’s like to not have one, but I can say I know what it’s like to get a brand new HD TV. Just why did I bother with getting a new TV? Didn’t my old one work just fine? Well, I thought it did, until I bought my new widescreen HD TV.

The picture is so much brighter and clearer; you would be surprised if you haven’t ever seen one. The difference between my old set and my HD set is almost like day and night. It’s just that superior. But, I only bought one set. Why?

Well, the important reason is that at the present, I could only afford one. They’re still on the rather pricy side (even though prices are steadily dropping), so there’s truly no sense in buying one for the entire house if I only watch TV in one room of it, right? Believe me, though, if I had the money, I’d buy one for every area in my sanctuary that has a television.

Aside from televisions, additional products have come onto the marketplace that supports the new HD technology, like camcorders. These can be pretty pricy, but if you’re the family holiday record keeper like I am, getting one of these is a outstanding investment. Think about all the old movies that you made with a VHS recorder so long ago. They were grainy and you wish you’d been able to record at a better quality. Getting an HD camcorder will make sure you get the best caliber obtainable to the common person.

To play the HD DVDs you make recordings on, though, you’ll have to have an high definition DVD player. The DVD player you have now will not likely play high definition DVDs (although you may have already bought one, so check your DVD player’s manual). Some game consoles support playing HD DVDs, but Playstation 3 does not. The Playstation 3 will play the HD format’s rival format, Blu-Ray, but is not compatible with HD.

Speaking of game consoles, video games are now coming out in high definition, as well. If you’re a player, you might want to invest in one of the consoles that has high definition games.

Try not to go overboard with the HD equipment, tho’. Make careful you’re going to get the most out of your money and you’re truly going to use all these new things you’re purchasing or else it’s just lost money. Good luck finding the equipment that’s opportune for you!

Source: Jim Williams

Panasonic LCD TVs Vs Samsung LCD TVs, get the better large screen experience

The LCD televisions are the best that you can get in order to have high speed entertainment. They offer you sleek looks, great features as well as pleasure to eyes. Among the best players of the electronics market, the bst that you can get in this respect are the products of Panasonic and Samsung. Among them the users can select the best with the comparison between the Panasonic LCD TVs Vs Samsung LCD TVs.

These devices are available for cheap with the offers that can be hardly neglected. The Panasonic products are having the features that are best in all respects. The picture quality is the major attraction with the wide screen pleasure as well. They are suitable for the purposes of television viewing because they are having the highest vertical as well as horizontal viewing angles. These cheap LCD TVs care available with very heavy discounts on the online shopping portals. There you can compare LCD TVs according to the price as well as the features.

The best Panasonic LCD TVs in all respects are the Samsung products. They are having the best sound, picture, resolution as well as other features. They are available in all possible and needed sizes. The small ones are useful for the purpose to be fitted for small rooms. Such as the kitchen can have an extra television to get the latest cookery updates, the bedroom may have an extra TV for the purpose of watching games, the hall living room may have a very big, wide screen LCS for movies and a lot many more example of such kind. You can buy LCD TVs along with other attractive benefits as well. So go get them now with alluring offers.

Source: alfiedaniel