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    by Published on 04-24-2017 10:44 AM
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    If you look at a modern yagi antenna like our Televes DAT790 Mix, something odd will begin to occur to you. If you really begin to look closely, you'll see the cable is connected to a small chunk of metal in the middle, which is isolated from everything else by a lot of plastic. Almost all of the antenna that you see isn't ...
    by Published on 04-24-2017 09:18 AM
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    [size=5]Can't accuse them of standing still. AT&T has announced plans to offer a full fiber network to eight more metropolitan areas. They are listed below, and you can click to see a more detailed press release for each.



    This will bring the list of markets to 75. If you're interested, here's a graphic showing all of them (again, click to see it full size)



    AT&T, unlike other providers, is fully committed to improving network speeds in communities it services, and that means plenty of awesome fiber bringing speeds up to 1Gbps to areas within reach. No matter what you're doing, that's likely to be enough speed for you.
    by Published on 04-23-2017 02:32 PM
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    Technically it is possible to use a UHF antenna for a cell booster. Cellular telephones use frequencies just above those used for UHF television, and it's possible that even though a TV antenna wasn't designed for it, it could pick up some of those frequencies.

    Let's back up a little bit and explain a bit about broadcasting. ...
    by Published on 04-23-2017 11:45 AM
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    You might be looking at our Redmere cables and saying, What's so special about Redmere cables? Isn't that just another way to make me spend money? It's so much more.

    We wouldn't blame you for thinking that Redmere cables are just a marketing ploy; after all one of the technology's ...
    by Published on 04-22-2017 03:25 PM
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    Netflix and other streaming services
    might be spending big money on original programming, but that money can’t buy me the newest movies!

    When some pundits hear that Netflix is spending $5 billion last year to acquire original content, it begs certain questions. One of those questions might be “Why does Netflix think ...
    by Published on 04-22-2017 11:57 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 MSN. I own every ...
    by Published on 04-21-2017 03:13 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Saddle up for even more Ultra HD goodness from DIRECTV. You might want to bookmark this page because DIRECTV just announced a whole ton of new 4K programming. This is what I'm talking about:
    4/21 – Nationals @ Mets
    4/25 – Chelsea v. Southampton, English Premier League Soccer
    4/26 – Arsenal v. Man. United, English Premier League Soccer
    4/27 – Yankees @ Red Sox
    4/28 – Cubs @ Red Sox
    4/30 – Tottenham Hotspur v. Arsenal, English Premier League Soccer
    5/2 – Orioles @ Red Sox
    5/4 – American Standoff, a new documentary from DIRECTV about a family's fight to keep its land
    5/5 – Indians @ Royals
    5/6 – Indians @ Royals
    5/7 – Arsenal v. Man. United, , English Premier League Soccer
    5/11 – Astros @ Yankees
    5/13 – Monster Energy Cup @ Kansas Speedway
    5/16 – Red Sox @ Cardinals
    5/22 – Giants @ White Sox

    Note that baseball games are subject to blackout rules and in a strange twist of fate, the Indians and Royals games will only air in Cleveland and Kansas City.

    To get exact times in your area, check channel 106 on DIRECTV a few dates before the game.
    by Published on 04-21-2017 12:54 PM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    5G. It's the new buzzword for people who are truly on the leading edge of cell phone technology. 5G is the next, next big thing; it's the big thing that's on the horizon now that LTE has been around a long time. (Note: the "LT" in "LTE" stands for "Long Term;" I guess four years is about as long-term as it gets in the cellular world. ...
    by Published on 04-21-2017 12:53 PM
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    Sure, Netflix is all that... but what about Game of Thrones and all the other awesome stuff on HBO? Getting it episode by episode on iTunes gets pretty expensive, right? That's why DIRECTV is offering a free preview of HBO and Cinemax today through Monday!

    Remember, if you record it now, you'll still be able to watch it after the preview is over, so it doesn't matter if you have plans for this weekend that will keep you away from the TV or if you'll be watching live sports. Now is the time to pile those recordings on!

    Of course, if you love what you see, you can add these channels to your DIRECTV package for a very reasonable price and you'll get all the on-demand programs as well as the HBO GO and MAX GO apps for free, which enable you to catch up on the things you've been missing.

    What are you waiting for? Even if you're at work, you can use the DIRECTV app for smartphones to schedule recordings from anywhere!

    DIRECTV's HBO and Cinemax channels start at channel 501.
    by Published on 04-21-2017 12:20 PM



    This popped up around April Fool's Day and while I picked it up as an obvious trick, I have to really applaud the hard work put in here. Someone spent a lot of time creating an 80s-style commercial for a "Rogue One VHS" and included period-appropriate type, packaging, and even put in special effects that mimic the problems that an old or overplayed tape would have.

    Even with all the filters and software we have today, this still took time and it shows real commitment to the process.

    It made me think, though, that Disney really should actually produce a VHS version of the movie, as a collectible. I don't know if there are any places doing VHS mastering anymore, and I'm sure it's not exactly a growing field. Unlike vinyl, there's no one out there who will say with a straight face that the VHS experience is better than the digital experience. VHS was a great transitional format because it got a lot of people into home video at a time when your choices boiled down to "watch it live in the theater, or watch it live at home." But compared to today's technology, it's downright archaic.

    Still, I can't help thinking that a short run of VHS tapes in that classic white clamshell case would find some buyers. I know that I can't be the only one who still has the original trilogy on VHS somewhere in a box, and I fondly remember those days spent watching those films on a blurry, tiny standard definition TV over and over. If anyone could pull this off, it would be Disney, since they were more or less the king of kids' video in the 1990s, with parents dreading every single replay of The Little Mermaid or Aladdin. Those Disney clamshell cases filled late 20th century bookshelves, mine included, and sometimes it's just fun to look back and think about how simple things were then.

    Watch the video, then... be kind and rewind.
    by Published on 04-20-2017 05:03 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, and occasionally from even further back.



    Selfie is a real word. Ask the Oxford English Dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary, and others. Maybe it shouldn't be. Maybe the world was a better place when it wasn't. But it is. And this, according to several sources, is the very first one.

    Not that Van Gogh and others hadn't painted portraits of themselves, but photographically speaking, it was Robert Cornelius who, in 1839, pointed a camera at himself for the first time. Selfies weren't quite so impromptu back then, as photographic exposures took minutes if not hours to achieve. None of that explains why Mr. Cornelius didn't feel it worthwhile to comb his hair. Still, his slightly worried expression does far more than his tonsorial discombobulation (see the words we throw at you!) to show his mood at the time.

    In early photographs, by the way, people were discouraged from smiling. This has led to the impression that everyone in the 19th century was miserable, but it's more a function of the long exposure time required by portait photography. Even when exposure times dropped to mere seconds in the 1860s, it was still quite a bit easier to keep from moving when your face was plastered with a foul-looking grimace.

    It is that fact more than any other that explains why the first selfie looks so grim and is devoid of photobombs.

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