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    Problems changing your dish type? We understand

    This is why we say, If you have SWM in your home, use SWM in your RV. read on

    What's the most future-proof antenna?

    Let's say you've just moved to a new home. You want to go up on that read on

    Ken Reid brings you twice the guests for twice the fun!

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

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    What is digital signage?

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    NICE AND EASY: Using On Demand with DIRECTV

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    Is there any reason to upgrade a dish that works well?

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    by Published on 08-20-2014 05:29 PM
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    This is why we say, If you have SWM in your home, use SWM in your RV. Changing from a SWM to a non-SWM setup should be easy, but in truth it can be a real pain. Even if you've started with the steps in our White Paper, uou may find yourself with problems. If you are changing from a SWM to a non-SWM dish and you get error 775 or 776, that's a sure sign that the change didn't take. Those codes are only used for SWM dishes.

    It may not make sense, but what usually works is to set the Multiswitch type first and then go through the whole process. Then, if you need to reset the dish type, you can go through the process again. That's the way to go if you're having problems. We're not sure why but there's something about the combination of setting both dish type and Multiswitch type at the same time that can sometimes get your receiver confused. You can also disconnect the satellite cable completely and that sometimes works.

    Here's why it's so hard... The folks at DIRECTV never really understood why someone would change from SWM to non-SWM, since in their minds it's a step backwards. So, the way the receiver looks at it, it really tries to detect a SWM signal and if it comes up with anything that even slightly resembles one, it automatically changes the multiswitch type back to SWM. It works great if you're going from non-SWM to SWM, but if you're going the other way it can be kind of frustrating.

    If all fails, you can "reset everything" by pressing {MENU} then going to Settings&Help, Settings, Reset, Reset Everything. This really does mean "Reset Everything," including wiping out all your presets, your favorites and even programming on your DVR, so be careful Sometimes, though it's the only thing you can do to get a stubborn receiver to listen.
    by Published on 08-20-2014 03:26 PM
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    Let's say you've just moved to a new home. You want to go up on that roof, get an antenna up, and leave it. You don't want to worry about anything, you just want to get it up and done. We've got the answer for you. The only question is how far you are from the broadcast towers. (This isn't likely to change, it's not like ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 02:59 PM
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    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.

    I'm Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I've been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, and MSN. I ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 12:49 PM
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    Are you a traveling businessperson? Do you and your family take frequent trips in an RV? Ever been on the road depending on your phones service or data for some critical reason rather itís for navigation or a teenagerís entertainment? ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 03:07 PM


    Another off-topic podcast... what role should regular folks play in gathering news? We're getting more and more of our news from average people who just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Is that good or bad?

    How to listen:
    Option 1: Click on the image above to stream the podcast in your browser.
    Option 2 Search iTunes for "Solid Signal" (click here if you have iTunes on this device)
    Option 3: Click here to download the podcast in MP3 format.
    Option 4: Visit our SoundCloud Page to listen online.
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    by Published on 08-19-2014 02:41 PM
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    It's more than just a TV. You've probably noticed that more and more companies are getting rid of menu boards and posters and putting in giant monitors instead. The trend started about five years ago in places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City and it has grown by leaps and bounds. Digital Signage is one of the ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 11:52 AM
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    The little DVR that could just keeps chugging... after adding Chromecast support and improved user interfaces, SimpleTV now breaks new ground with the ability to share your programs with up to five people! Multichannel News reports that both the Generation 1 SimpleTV and ...
    by Published on 08-19-2014 11:08 AM
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    The next generation is here... and it's gorgeous! If you were a fan of last year's model, you're sure to flip over this year's new and improved line of HD-BLADE antennas. Performance is increased 20% over last year's models, and the prices... are better than ever!

    The original: now in CLEAR
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    by Published on 08-18-2014 12:52 PM
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    Think a second... when did you put that dish up on the roof? Was it last year? The year before that? Longer? Think for a second, who was President at the time?

    Both DIRECTV and DISH have had very stable product selections for the last several years, meaning that dish on your roof could ...
    by Published on 08-18-2014 12:38 PM
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    This post from The Verge could be too good to be true, but it's looking like it's a real thing. Apple has developed a USB cable that can be plugged in either way. Because, seriously, that only took what, about 15 years? I don't know about you all but personally I never plug in a USB cable the right way. Even if I do, I never get it quite right and then I have to turn it over twice to make it work.


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