The TV Answer Man!

Making television easy again. By Phillip Swann

Who Is The TV Answer Man? is written and published by Phillip Swann, a journalist who has reported on the TV technology industry for more than three decades. (See longer bio below.) If you have a question about new TV technology, send it to us at and we will do our best to provide a clear and helpful answer.

Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman

The TV Answer Man is here to help you navigate the increasingly complex world of television. The site provides daily news, analysis, and how-to features on everything from Smart TVs to streaming to 4K TV to, well, you name it. The new TV technology field is an increasingly big one, and we intend to cover it like a blanket.

Phillip Swann, also known as Swanni, has covered the TV technology industry since the early 1990s, starting as the editor of Satellite Orbit, a magazine devoted to satellite television. Later, Swann became editor and publisher of Satellite DIRECT, a magazine targeted to DIRECTV subscribers, and editor and publisher of TV Online, a magazine that covered the blending of the entertainment and technology industries.

He started the web site,, in 2001 and remained its editor and publisher until 2017 when he closed the site to begin His articles have been cited in hundreds of publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Associated Press, Orange County Register, Awful Announcing, The Verge, Ars Technica , NBC News, Next TV, and many others.

Swann has also worked for Sony Electronics, and is the author of two books, TV Dot Com: The Future of Interactive Television, and How to Land a Job In Journalism, a self-help guide for young journalists.

He has also given speeches on TV technology to numerous industry conferences and private company sessions. If you would like to hire Swann to address your group or conference, send an e-mail to

Finally, Swann resides in Calvert County, Maryland with his wife, Danielle, and their 12-year-old daughter.

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9 thoughts on “Who Is The TV Answer Man?

  1. I emailed you to change my email address (for receiving your posts by email), but that didn’t happen, so I unsubscribed, but I’d really like to get your emails again. Hoping this gets your attention. Thanks –Sheri

    1. You honestly expected to get attention by posting on the main page? Better luck doing a review for being a bad dude, that will always get a response lol

  2. I have had Directv for over 20 years and I love it. Their customer service is great.

    As far as AT&T., I was not happy about that but I guess it has been OK.

  3. I am not happy paying for Directv when we lose channels u go up on prices then our bill goes up which is ok but when they go up and I lose channels it is not fair I have lost channel 2 since Dec 1 and there is a movie on tonight that I am going to miss because of your childdis. Fight over going up on prices I am sure that people will pay if that is the only way to get tv because they can not get cable in there area

  4. I had got a bill for 278.61 cents ,I been paying 110.00.something wrong with that and that’s bill was supposed to be like 70.00 A month .I need to talk with someone about this.this is to much.I’m not paying that.I’m on fixed income and that’s just expensive.

  5. 6 months in with now Direct tv and I struggle to plan on a new tv to replace very old tv in liv rm. Newest and only smart tv is a vizio, which happens to be the only of our 3 that does not work well with Direct tv. Turning on box & tv, it takes 5 minutes (exact) for volume control to work on either remote, telling me that it more an issue with tv that worked fine before with cable. Also , there’s a wide variance between volumes on channels, ABC being very weak and boomerang being very loud. This happens on all 3 tv’s I’ve replace Direct tv remote early on for vizio tv, but it made no difference.

    I’ve done research and found a tech called RVU that is allegedly industry generic, but so far it seems only Direct tv needs it. So, to buy new bigger tv, I’m looking for android and favorable to sony, and found a list from sony of there models that have RVU. It’s all over the map. There doesn’t seem to be any plan and none of the specs on the sony tv’s include any mention of RVU or Direct tv ready. I absolutely don’t want to buy new tv and find a repeat of the pathetic issues with my vizio. I actually liked the vizio and would have considered another before my wife convinced me to agree to drop cable for Direct tv. I need help.

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