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    by Published on 04-21-2017 12:54 PM
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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.
    by Published on 04-20-2017 04:17 PM
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    Most folks aren't going to pay $36,000 for this 48-channel pre-built headend system. That's a little more than most people are willing to do. But you know what, if you're one of the super-rich... it's not such a bad idea. This particular headend system is designed for institutional use, ...
    by Published on 04-20-2017 02:26 PM



    If you haven't been watching SolidSignal.com every day you've missed out on incredible 1-day-only deals! You've missed a massive selection of accessories for your home theater, plus the kind of cool gadgets that make like just a little safer, a little easier, and a little more fun.

    Be sure to set a bookmark for our Daily Deals page and check it every day! You won't believe what we're doing! Remember, though, these deals are one day only and while supplies last. You don't want to miss out!
    by Published on 04-20-2017 09:00 AM
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    Look at the bottom of SolidSignal.com and you'll see a bunch of logos. We're not trying to be a NASCAR site... each one of those logos is there for a reason. They're called "Trust Badges" and they each link to another site that will help verify that it's safe to shop at SolidSignal.com.

    You find these badges on a lot of sites, and the company ...
    by Published on 04-19-2017 03:55 PM
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    Thanks to Signal Pro Ashley for this tip!

    This one's a bit confusing. First of all, we're not talking about a grounded plane which is what happens when a 737 has engine trouble. That's another whole thing.

    A ground plane, at its simplest, is a large piece of metal, larger than the wavelength of the signals ...
    by Published on 04-19-2017 03:32 PM
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    So, most people will tell you that an amplified antenna just works better. At Solid Signal, we carry a lot of amplified antennas, and most of our customers are satisfied with them.

    The typical amplified outdoor antenna is somewhere around 14x14 inches, although some are much bigger. Amplified antennas are ...
    by Published on 04-19-2017 10:49 AM
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    Stop looking at your watch, it's not 2009. As DIRECTV moves closer to its goal of turning off all standard definition broadcasts in 2019, it still has a bit of work to do. Surprisingly, not every TV market served by DIRECTV actually has HD channels, and so losing SD ones would be a huge problem. In fact, as ...
    by Published on 04-19-2017 09:56 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 ...

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