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    Bump That Birthday Beat

    Kids love music, and two of my nieces’ birthdays are coming up in read on

    Stranger Things, Season Two Confirmed!

    Netflix’s Stranger Things just got the green light for a second read on

    Ken Reid plays Musetta's Waltz

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

    Fall TV Preview: A New Hope

    Yesterday, Stuart Sweet told us that the fall TV schedule will be read on

    OPINION: When favorite shows "jump the shark"

    Jump the Shark. It's a term that's been around 20 years or so and it read on

    Forget Alexa, Siri, and Cortana - DIRECTV's Voice Control beats them all!

    All of a sudden talking is big. We've reached this critical mass with read on

    Keep Your Kids Safe on the Road

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    Fall TV Preview: Revenge of the Dreck

    I was trying to make a Star Wars reference but this is a read on

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    NICE AND EASY: What is "DIRECTV Showroom?"

    It's... well, it's nothing really. Actually that's kind of mean. If read on

    DIRECTV will offer HBO on its streaming platform (and why is that news?)

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    How fast should your internet be for DIRECTV On Demand?

    If you live where internet speeds are slow, you spend every day just read on

    Do those cell booster stickers work?

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    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We've left the future behind

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    NICE AND EASY: 4K Genie Mini Client with an HDTV?

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    STREAMING SATURDAY: Amazon Video Update: Jack Ryan and More

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    by Published on 08-31-2016 02:20 PM
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    Kids love music, and two of my nieces’ birthdays are coming up in October. I have just the thing from Solid Signal’s vast inventory of consumer electronics products.

    Many of the birthdays in my wife’s family fall within the fall. Since many of these birthdays are my kids, nieces and nephews, we’re ...
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    Netflix’s Stranger Things just got the green light for a second season! News this big just couldn’t wait for my regular Streaming Saturday post.

    Before I say another thing about Stranger Things, you have to watch the trailer for season two. Okay, it’s more of a teaser than a trailer, but that’s cool, too. They could’ve written “Stranger Things, Season ...
    by Published on 08-31-2016 11:14 AM
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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 ...
    by Published on 08-31-2016 09:46 AM
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    Jump the Shark. It's a term that's been around 20 years or so and it generally means, "that moment when a TV show stops being worth watching." The idea is that there's some fundamental change in the show and it's much harder to like. It actually traces back to the 1970s show Happy Days, when Fonzie did, in fact, jump a shark-- something you would not expect a mechanic from Milwaukee ...
    by Published on 08-30-2016 03:18 PM
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    All of a sudden talking is big. We've reached this critical mass with Alexa, Google, Siri, Cortana, and all those other voice-command bots that it seems like talking to your mobile device has become the norm. It's funny because we talk to people less than ever, preferring to text or use social media to communicate with our fellow humans.

    Voice control may be the new hotness everywhere else, but it's old hat to DIRECTV. You may not have realized it, but you've been able to use voice search for your satellite system for years! I first blogged about it back in 2013, and if you haven't seen our full review, it's worth a look.

    All you need is your cell phone, the DIRECTV app for smartphones, and a networked DIRECTV receiver. You probably already have all those things. You can search using your TV screen, you can even change channels by voice. That's more than you can do with most voice control systems.

    I don't use this feature much, but when I am doing a lot of searching, I use it heavily especially since my streaming box has a similar feature. I find it incredibly useful.
    by Published on 08-30-2016 01:26 PM
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    Do you have kids of driving age? Help them arrive safely at their destinations with a GPS navigation system.

    We have several fall birthdays in my wife’s family. Our son, Hunter, turns 19 this October. Our niece Alyssa will be turning 25 that same month. This means both will spend a lot of time ...
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    Yesterday, Stuart Sweet told us that the fall TV schedule will be filled with the same old, same old. I think Stuart is a bitter old man who can't see that the new TV season will be awesome.

    Hold on to your TV antennas, cord-cutters, because this fall’s TV schedule will be great. Why do I say that? Because I believe in the power of competition in free market economics. The success of ...
    by Published on 08-30-2016 10:45 AM
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    It's... well, it's nothing really. Actually that's kind of mean. If you go into the DIRECTV Menu, you find a menu called "Extras" which is mostly a graveyard of previously interesting stuff. You can get to TV Apps from there (but it's easier to just press the right arrow on the remote) and there's Pandora, which is great if you haven't moved over to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, or something else. Then... you get the Active screen which, I have to be honest, hasn't seen an update since about 2008. TVApps have sort of taken its place.

    And then, there's Showroom. There was a time when DIRECTV used to actively solicit advertising through the use of "Showroom" videos. This practice started with TiVos in the early 2000s; the DVR recorded or downloaded some advertising content which was there if you were really bored. It was a nice idea and occasionally you could see bonus content from your favorite movies and such. But keep in mind these were the days before YouTube, before any sort of streaming video really, and this was more of a novelty than a genuine advertising opportunity.

    If you press {SELECT} on Showroom, you may see a few short videos that are there from advertisers. I just tried it and there wasn't any content. DIRECTV doesn't look for advertising this way much anymore, it seems, and that makes sense now that they can put targeted ads right in your favorite programs. That's right, the commercials you see may not be the same as your neighbor's; the DVR is smart enough to figure out what's interesting to you and insert those commercials instead of the more generic ones seen by people nationwide. It's far more effective than relying on people to find the Showroom menu.

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