June 2016


What is a transponder?

It’s a word you hear a lot when you’re talking about satellite TV. Yet most of us don’t think about it, because we don’t really need to. You might know that there are many different transponders…



Go behind the scenes at DIRECTV

One of the coolest facilities in the country occasionally opens up its doors to show people just how cool it is. I’m talking about the DIRECTV Los Angeles Broadcast Center. I toured it several years ago…


Meet Your Signal Pro: Tammy Schoonover

At Solid Signal, it’s our team that makes us the premier online destination for satellite TV, antenna, and cellular enthusiasts. Each of our Signal Pros answers calls, emails, and chats to help you find the product…


Cord-Cutting 101: Free Digital TV

You know that a TV antenna means free HDTV, but do you know why there’s free antenna TV? The history behind free OTA TV continue to inspire many Americans to cut the cord. Will you…


What is “rolling shutter?”

You know it, because it happens to you. You’re taking still pictures with your phone and you get some weird distortion like on the blades of the helicopter in the image above. It can actually make…


What is geostationary orbit?

When you point your dish at the 101 satellite, do you ever stop to think about what that means? Communications satellites have only been around for 50 years, but we take them for granted. For…


NEW VIDEO: Unboxing the Televes DAT790 LR Mix

The antenna you’ve been waiting for. I’m talking about applying Televes’ awesome build quality and 21st century features to an antenna that picks up both UHF and VHF signals a whopping 75+ miles away. Don’t get…


What is a reflector?

The reflector is what makes a lot of reception possible. You see them on satellite dishes and TV antennas. They’re ether a solid bowl-looking item or a series of bars. They’re reflectors, and they’re an…