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    by Published on 08-20-2016 10:04 AM
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    In Streaming Saturday, we'll look at trends in cord-cutting that include both antennas and internet-based video.


    Netflix has two shows to help members of Generation X relive their teenage years. If you’re ready for something old and something new, then it’s time to get streaming.

    We Generation Xers are finally old enough to look back on the 1980s with fondness. And Netflix seems to have its collective finger on the very pulse of this phenomenon. One of the biggest reasons Stranger Things was such a smash hit was its faithful recreation of that golden decade without generating into parody. (Great writing, a captivating storyline, and amazing performances also helped!) If binge-watching Stranger Things has left you craving more 80s nostalgia, there’s another Netflix original and a digitally-remastered classic for you to stream.

    The Get Down – Netflix Original
    If you came of age during the 1980s, you remember the birth of hip hop. South Bronx, New York was ground zero for this innovative new musical style that combined disco beats ...
    by Published on 08-20-2016 08:57 AM
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    Have you seen that Sprint ad? The one with the guy who use to be in the Verizon ad? He brings up a good point. There was a time when you pretty much assumed you were going to have bad cell service, and that time has passed for many people. He's trying to get you to use Sprint because they're cheaper and almost as good. I'll leave the decision ...
    by Published on 08-19-2016 02:25 PM
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    Our friends at Televes show us their latest amplifier technology, the Nanokom. Nanokom is an advanced distribution amplifier system designed for indoor installation. This is an advanced peek at a product that's not available in the US yet... but you can be sure that your friends at Solid Signal are working hard to bring it to you... if you think it's worth it.

    So, blog faithful, what do you think? If this amplifier brought strong performance, low noise, and LTE filtering to the party, would you consider it? If so, at what price?

    Let us know, and if your comments catch the eye of the marketing team, you may find yourself the proud owner of one before you know it!
    by Published on 08-19-2016 10:41 AM
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    Forget about anywhere else. If you're a football fan you're going to want DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket. It's every game, every Sunday, no exceptions. Periods. There are no blackouts, no problems, no nothing. Just pure football.

    The NFL Sunday Ticket packages all include streaming too, so you can take the game with you when you can't be at home. Pricing is reasonable for what you get and you can even upgrade to the Max package and get the Fantasy Zone and Red Zone channels so you don't miss a minute of anything that's going on.

    There's no other provider who will give you every game, although many try to tell you otherwise. Just getting the Red Zone channel isn't enough for the real die-hard fan and even though local games are usually carried on CBS or FOX, not everyone roots for the home team, right? Displaced fans are everywhere so it's not going to do you a lot of good to watch Packers games if you're a Rams fan. (Starting this year, it's also not going to do you a lot of good to be a Rams fan in St. Louis, either.)

    Don't delay -- get DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket by calling 877.312.4547 or order for yourself online.
    by Published on 08-19-2016 10:27 AM
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    Now, there's a lot in this world I don't get. I'll be honest, I don't understand why anyone would play a vinyl record when they can play a lossless digital file. I don't understand most of the culture coming out of our major cities, and I still don't understand why men's blazers are suddenly three ...
    by Published on 08-19-2016 10:18 AM
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    You want to put up a TV antenna but your homeowners association says “No!” Here’s what you can do to cut the cord in your planned community.

    Homeowners associations, aka the dreaded HOA, can be a cord-cutter’s nightmare. These tiny fiefdoms often have a board or similar governing body that rule with an iron fist. They tend to object to residents ...
    by Published on 08-18-2016 12:59 PM
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    After a lifespan of only two years, millennial-focused channel "Pivot" announced yesterday that they'll be shutting down at the end of the year. It's another failure driven by the fact that millennials just don't watch as much linear TV as their parents. The channel's owner cites a changing landscape and several other buzzwords instead of just ...
    by Published on 08-18-2016 12:45 PM
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    In old train jargon, a "headend" is where all the trains go to, and where they all come from. When it comes to television, a headend system is very much the same thing. Let's take a look at the term "headend" and what a headend system is.

    A headend is a system that collects the signal from antennas, cable or satellite receivers, and then gets it ready to be sent over a single wire to a bunch of different places. Think about a hotel where you get about 15-20 channels and they are all tuned using the TV. That's a headend system -- somewhere in the hotel is a rack full of equipment, making all that happen.

    The key part of a headend system is the modulator. A modulator is a bigger, fancier version of the device that used to be in VCRs or videogames that let the signal show on channel 3 of your TV. A modulator is a little fancier than that because it has to build several channels into what's called a QAM (pronounced "kwam.") This system lets you control the quality of the channels as well as how many there are. The better quality you want, the fewer channels you get.

    A good HD headend system can be costly, but once installed it is very reliable and doesn't need a lot of maintenance. If you're looking for a headend system, call Signal Connect at 866.726.4182.
    by Published on 08-18-2016 11:31 AM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    Apple's iPhone doesn't stand alone anymore, but it's still significant when it gets a refresh. The world has actually changed quite a bit since the iPhone 6 launch two ...
    by Published on 08-18-2016 11:17 AM
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    So you went and bought a new 4K TV at the local big-box store. Most people looking for larger TVs are going this way now since there simply isn't that much of a price difference between 4K and HD and it seems like it's probably better to be futureproof.

    So you get your 4K TV home and you want to get some 4K content. The problem is, there isn't a whole lot. Chances ...
    by Published on 08-18-2016 09:17 AM
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    Probably not.

    Cellular signal boosters take a weak signal from a cell tower and amplify it so you can use it in your home or office. They work very well as long as you have at least one bar of signal outside the building you're in. There are limits, however, and if there's no signal outside, then a cellular signal booster isn't going to do a whole lot for you.

    In most areas, cell towers are spaced between one and two miles apart. That's enough to guarantee good service in the areas they serve. While "theoretically" a cell phone signal could go as far as 45 miles, that's not a really honest projection. A cell phone's signal is going to be very unreliable after about 2-2.5 miles, and that's assuming a clear line of sight to the tower. In many cases you'll only get about 1 mile between towers before the signal starts to get weak, because you're also looking at trees and other buildings between you and that tower.

    There's a simple way to determine if you'll get good performance from a cellular signal booster: just pick up your phone. Go outside -- if you can make a call, if you have any bars at all, then a cell booster will work for you. If the service is dicey, climb up on the roof (if you can.) If you have good signal on the roof you will definitely benefit from a cell booster. If you have no service... unfortunately you'll need to look at other options, such as a microcell from your cellular provider or a Wi-Fi calling solution.

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