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    Are you really ready for the holidays?

    Sure you've gotten the big presents, (or maybe you're still looking) read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Will we ever get 802.11ac? Will we ever care?

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on

    Ken Reid's podcast is hers and hers and his...

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

    BREAKING: DISH adds Netflix to Hopper

    This changes everything. Today, DISH becomes the first major pay-TV read on

    Should you worry about your stuff getting too hot?

    Yeah, but don't lose too much sleep over it. Heat is the enemy of read on

    Do the world a favor... tell a friend about your cell booster

    Here's something you didn't know... A recent study tells us that only read on

    Why does everything look better on TV, and even better on a tablet?

    Yeah, the easy answer is... because there are people hired to tweak read on

    Will living at the beach destroy your antenna and dish?

    Every beach bum knows what salt air does to metal. Salt helps conduct read on

    Why does DIRECTV ask you to return receivers (and why do they sometimes let you keep them?)

    Really, a win-win. When you get a new receiver or DVR from Solid read on

    DISH rolls out new features for Hopper

    Maybe these aren't worthy of AutoHop-level excitement, but DISH has read on

    Best of the Blog 2014, Volume 6

    The Solid Signal Blog is going strong! As we look back on over two read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: In the year 2000

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on

    Ken Reid takes you back to 1993

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

    HBO GO probably launches standalone in April. What does this mean?

    O.M.G. Judging by the internet buzz you would think that nothing else read on

    It's time to stock up on emergency stuff.

    Hey, how's that winter treating you? We've already seen massive read on

    Do you need a Slimline-5 Dish for tailgating?

    Quick Answer: probably not. DIRECTV's Slimline-5 dish is its most read on
    by Published on 12-18-2014 04:33 PM



    Sure you've gotten the big presents, (or maybe you're still looking) but are you sure you have everything you need?

    Our millions of customers come to us because we're a one-stop destination for the things you'll need, the accessories and tools that it takes to get the job done. You might not have thought of Solid Signal as the place to buy gifts, but why not? There's a lot of great stuff you can find at low prices every day, and our specials are some of the most special things at this special time of the year.

    Here's the best way to get what you want... tell your friends and family about Solid Signal. Point out some of the choice gadgets and goodies you'll find here, and while you're at it, remember yourself when it comes time for gift-giving. What about that cable-stripping tool you've been lusting after? What about that power control center that you've always wanted?

    Remember that gifts don't have to be jewelry or clothing... anything can be a gift if it's something that will make someone else happy. You never know, there may be someone on your list who just might want 250' of RG6 cable, especially if you volunteer to run it for them. That's the magic of Solid Signal... we make it easy to find stuff for the people on your list who are insanely hard to buy for.
    by Published on 12-18-2014 12:47 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first seven years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Will we ever get 802.11ac Wi-Fi? OK that's not terribly fair since some of the prominent devices on the market finally feature the fastest wireless spec. The better question is, will anyone care? We've talked before about ...
    by Published on 12-17-2014 11:33 AM
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    2. TV Antennas
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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, ...
    by Published on 12-17-2014 11:14 AM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    This changes everything. Today, DISH becomes the first major pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix streaming into its products. According to a press release dated today, Hopper users will be able to access their Netflix content through the familiar Netflix interface, right on their DVRs. All that's required is the latest-generation ...
    by Published on 12-16-2014 12:10 PM
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    Here's something you didn't know... A recent study tells us that only 5% of people know that cell boosters even exist. That's pretty sad considering that up to 80% of people probably need a cell booster. Cell technology is pretty marvelous but the laws of physics are not going to change. ...
    by Published on 12-16-2014 11:57 AM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Misc. Gadgets,
    4. Satellite,
    5. Data/Networks,
    6. Online/MobileTV
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    Yeah, but don't lose too much sleep over it. Heat is the enemy of efficiency, that's for sure. If your consumer electronics feel hot to the touch, that means some of the power that's being used is actually generating heat. Heat doesn't do anything useful for you (unless the device we're talking ...
    by Published on 12-15-2014 11:24 AM
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    Yeah, the easy answer is... because there are people hired to tweak the lighting and the color and everything goes through some sort of filter in the computer. There's more to it than that. Not only does a properly calibrated TV show you a picture that's both realistic and beautiful, but most tablets simply ...
    by Published on 12-14-2014 12:34 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Unless you're lucky enough to live in the southern US, you're about to get some snow... if you already haven't of course. Snow itself isn't a real danger to broadcast signals, although a good strong snowstorm will cut signal strength by quite a bit. The real danger is snow buildup on the dish itself. See, a dish is sort of shaped like a bowl, it makes it more efficient but it gives snow a place to accumulate and as anyone who has lived through a northern winter knows, snow can accumulate quickly.

    The answer is a dish heater like our Hotshot line of dish heaters. These are basically heating elements that attach to the dish and go on automatically when needed. They go off automatically too, so you can save energy. The heating element sticks on to either the front or back of the reflector (your choice) and just melts the snow so it doesn't become a problem. It's a simple, elegant solution.

    We've produced a video showing the installation process... you can see how easy it is!
    by Published on 12-13-2014 11:57 AM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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    Every beach bum knows what salt air does to metal. Salt helps conduct electricity and that makes processes like oxidation (rust) take place a lot more quickly. It's obvious to anyone who has lived at the beach that this happens with alarming regularity, and that anything made of metal isn't going ...
    by Published on 12-12-2014 04:56 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    Really, a win-win. When you get a new receiver or DVR from Solid Signal and you deactivate an old one, you will generally get what DIRECTV calls a "Recovery Kit." Most of the time this is an empty box, into which you put your old receiver so you can send it back. This is actually good ...

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