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    NICE AND EASY: What is an ODU?

    It's this. ODU is DIRECTV's acronym for Outdoor Unit. It's a common read on

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    by Published on 07-29-2015 05:25 PM
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    It's this.

    ODU is DIRECTV's acronym for Outdoor Unit. It's a common enough term in the industry, so common that you don't tend to think about why it's ODU and not just OU which you sort of think it ought to be.

    Specifically, an ODU consists of the following items, all assembled so that everything works:

    • Mast and Mount: something to put it all on
    • BAU (Back Adjustment Unit) Connects to the mast and lets you aim the dish)
    • Reflector: The "dishy" part of the dish
    • Arm: The part that sticks out from the reflector
    • LNB (Low Noise (amplifier)/Block (downconverter): The part that receives the signals, out in front.


    Put them all together and you have a working ODU. An ODU can also contain a multiswitch, which lets more than one receiver share the signals.
    by Published on 07-29-2015 05:03 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, ...
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    Shop now for Surecall products at SolidSignal.com!

    It's the answer to your problems. OK, that may be overstating things a little bit, but it's certainly the answer to the problem of poor reception in the home or office. Here in the 21st century, we have become so accustomed to always-on contact with the outside world that we feel naked and alone when we don't have a cell signal. It's a real ailment ...
    by Published on 07-29-2015 11:58 AM
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    A balun, if you really want to be precise, is a conversion device that turns a balanced signal into an unbalanced one or vice versa. What that means is that it converts between two types of electrical circuits: one that has two signals going in opposite directions and one that is just one signal ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 05:34 PM
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    Way back in the 1990s... it looked like it wouldn't matter whose satellite service you used, you would be able to use the same dish. This was actually true (at least for the dish... you needed a different receiver for your specific service) but but the mid-2000s it stopped being true. Today there's really ...
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    You might have noticed... but our wizards in the IT department at Solid Signal have been working with our logistics experts to completely rework the way our product shipping system functions. That means in most cases your orders will be processed more efficiently and our new shipping options mean that shipping prices have been reduced on many of the products you order most!

    This is all part of a commitment to excellence that is part of the entire team at Solid Signal. Unlike some of our competitors, we don't have rooms full of robots doing most of the work. We have dedicated experts in every department working hard to make sure that every thing is just right for every order.

    You're going to see a lot of changes in the coming months and it all comes from our culture of change and improvement. We form teams of thought leaders from all across the company and meet in task forces to work through every possible problem that can arise. Our goal is simple: give you the best possible experience. That means the right products at the right prices, coming to you the most efficient way no matter what. We're always adding new ideas and new processes so that we can continuously improve.

    The next time you order from Solid Signal, take a moment and think about those hard working men and women who make it possible!
    by Published on 07-28-2015 03:56 PM
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    Have you seen it yet? Keen-eyed DIRECTV fans have noticed something a little different on the screen when pausing for more than a few minutes. The image you see above has replaced the DIRECTV logo for many people. It still bounces slowly across the screen like a time-shifted version of "Pong," but now there's a whole new ...
    by Published on 07-28-2015 01:12 PM
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    Of course it's the big story this week... DIRECTV and AT&T have finally closed the deal! Our podcaster gives you his take on the subject, courtesy of Solid Signal - Signal Solutions including HDTV Antennas, DIRECTV and DISH Network satellite equipment and home entertainment supplies and accessories, an authorized DIRECTV dealer.

    Option 1: Click on the image above to stream the podcast in your browser.
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    by Published on 07-27-2015 04:40 PM
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    There was a time when we sold a ton of these Terk TV44 satellite dish antennas. You can't even get them anymore, but way back when they sure were a hot seller. The antenna clipped to the top of the dish and then a built-in diplexer was used to feed the antenna signal and the satellite signal all on one line down into the house. It ...
    by Published on 07-27-2015 03:25 PM
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    Cell boosters are more affordable than ever but that doesn't mean you want to go replacing them every year. It's still a few more dollars than most people would feel comfortable just throwing away. On the other hand, if you choose your booster wisely you'll end up being able to keep a lot of the equipment for years and years, occasionally upgrading the electronic ...

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