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    by Published on 03-30-2015 02:53 PM
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    Our list of markets that require the Slimline-5 dish has been completely revised and updated! DIRECTV will be moving even more markets to other satellites in the future, but for now this list gives you the best understanding of which dish you'll need.

    Take a look and you'll see an easy-to-used, well-organized list set up by state and city. If you get channels from any of the cities listed, you'll need a Slimline-5 dish in order to get all your local channels.

    When you're ready, shop our expanded selection of DIRECTV satellite dishes!
    by Published on 03-30-2015 12:01 PM
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    It's been three years since the release of Windows 8, the operating system that was supposed to turn us all into touch converts. Windows 8 was so hard to use without a touch-enabled screen that few people tried. Windows 8.1 and its subsequent revisions made it ever easier to use the new operating system without ...
    by Published on 03-30-2015 11:22 AM
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    If you're in an older home, you've probably seen flat cable like this coming from your antenna. It was the standard for antenna cables until the mid-1970s when the familiar coaxial cable took over. Coaxial cables have better shielding but they're more expensive to make and until cable TV came in, ...
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    Every day I stare at it with narrowed eyes. My largely unused inkjet printer sits on a corner of my desk getting dustier and dustier. When I do use it, it's likely to be out of ink or paper or need some lengthy maintenance process. My printer, it seems, hates me. I can say that the feeling is most definitely mutual.

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    Who here remembers defragging a hard drive? It was a weekly routine for geeks in the 1980s and 1990s who wanted to get the best possible performance out of their computers. The theory was that if your files were scattered all over the place that you'd get a lot slower results. It was pretty obvious that the theory was ...
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    So, you're old school. I respect that. Back in the '00s, you wired all your DIRECTV equipment together with ethernet cables and you've been using them all this time. You share programming over ethernet, you even have a direct connection between your Genie DVR and the internet (a neat trick, because you'll need ...
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    Absolutely yes.

    The FM broadcast band sits just below VHF channel 7, and if your antenna is designed to get VHF reception at all, it's going to get FM. There are a few cases where a specific antenna will have something called an "FM trap" built in that actually stops FM reception. If you don't know if your antenna has one of these, it probably doesn't.

    It doesn't matter how old the antenna is, but if it's so old that the wire coming out of it is flat, you may need a transformer to convert it to coaxial, unless your A/V receiver is also so old that it accepts a flat cable using two screws for the antenna connection.

    Most UHF antennas will actually do a decent job of FM reception as well, even though they aren't designed for it. It's just that FM radio doesn't require a very complex antenna for reception. If you have an antenna of any kind up on the roof it's worth giving it a try.

    To get FM reception into your A/V receiver, you'll need to split the signal using any simple splitter. If your A/V receiver has an antenna input with two screws (and this would be an older receiver) you'll need a transformer to change the signal to 300 ohms. Many A/V receivers have a simple push-on connection for an FM antenna, and for this you just need to use any F female "barrel" connector.
    by Published on 03-27-2015 02:58 PM
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    Just a quick tip... if you're at the end of your data plan and you don't want to risk overcharges, you can still use your phone in Wi-Fi mode. It's easy:

    With an iPhone, go to Settings and turn off Cellular Data.

    With an Android, it is usually under Settings/More Networks/Mobile Networks. There should be a check box to turn mobile data off. There may also be a settings icon somewhere else, and every Android installation can be different.

    The point is that you can completely isolate your phone from cellular data so there is no possible way you can go over. Unfortunately, this also isolates you from GPS and may also limit your ability to get caller ID or voicemail, so it is an option of last resort. You'll want to turn that cellular data back on as soon as your plan rolls over.
    by Published on 03-27-2015 10:51 AM
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    It's time for another free preview from DIRECTV... This time it's the entire Starz/Encore Super Pack that's available for you, completely free, for three whole days. It's already started, so if you have the DIRECTV app on your phone get some of those great recordings queued up.

    You'll get a lot of entertainment from Starz and Encore, including 8 HD channels and a ...

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