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    by Published on 06-12-2017 01:50 PM
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    Do you know what you're recording? Do you know if you have conflicts ahead? DIRECTV DVRs have a simple menu designed to show you what you will be recording in the next two weeks. It's hidden behind a few other menus but once you find it, you'll be glad you did.

    Press {MENU} on your remote.
    Arrow down to "Recordings" and press {SELECT}.
    Arrow over to "Manage Recordings" and press {SELECT}.
    Arrow down to "To Do List" and press {SELECT}.

    There it is, the list of everything you'll be recording. You'll notice the list has all your series links as well as one-time recordings. If a series link won't record because of a conflict, it will be marked "Won't record" and you can highlight it, press {SELECT}, and you'll see why.

    You'll notice that the list gets a little thin after about 1 week in the future. That is normal as guide data is always changing. You may also see a lot of unexpected recordings too, because if the DVR isn't sure if it should record something, it will record it just to be sure.

    The DIRECTV DVRs have several scheduling programs that check and recheck your recordings. As the time gets closer, you should expect the list to look pretty complete. Don't worry if it looks incomplete a week or so out.

    To cancel a recording from the list, highlight it and press {STOP} or the red button. To change a recording, highlight it and press {SELECT}.

    Now you have the power!
    by Published on 06-12-2017 01:25 PM

    Take a look... it's not too late to get great stuff for dad!
    by Published on 06-12-2017 12:41 PM
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    The other day I was talking to a broadcast industry professional and my jaw about dropped. He said something like, "well when all those stations change frequencies, we're all getting 4K." Folks that isn't true. You all probably know that but I'm going to lay it out so you can send this article to your friends who are probably much more confused than you are.

    What is a "repack?"
    In April, 2017, the FCC finished ...
    by Published on 06-12-2017 12:14 PM
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    There's a reason they call it "Easy.' With the Easy F connection system featured on Televes outdoor amplifiers and coming soon to other Televes products, you don't need commercial-grade skills to connect equipment together with the right length of RG6 coaxial cable.

    RG6 cable that's too long can cause signal loss, and yet most people who hook up antennas will leave a lot of extra cable around because they have bought a pre-made cable and they don't have the tools to shorten that. With the easy-F connection system exclusively on Televes products, you don't need to worry about that anymore.

    Believe it or not, the physical connectors on a cable cause loss, too. That's why the Easy-F system is the best, because you get a direct connection between devices with as little loss as possible.

    You can use any coaxial cable cutter (don't use pliers or a wire stripper), and you'll need a philips head screwdriver. Of course not everyone has a cable cutter, so we include one for free with every Televes mast amplifier.

    Seriously, it's this easy:

    If you want a little more detail about how to do it, there's a step-by-step guide in our review of Televes mast amplifers, or watch this helpful video!

    by Published on 06-11-2017 03:44 PM
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    The internet has been a tax-free zone since 1992. In those days it was just too hard for out-of-state retailers to figure out how to collect taxes and send them to all 50 states. The ruling actually applied more to catalog merchants (remember them?) than web sites, since in effect there were no web sites. Still, the largely ...
    by Published on 06-11-2017 11:30 AM
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    I know, you would cut the cord... if only you could get your local channels through a streaming provider like DIRECTV NOW. You know that you could just put up an antenna and get them, but you want them in the same guide as everything else.

    I'm with you, pal. I get where you're coming from.

    The only problem ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 03:16 PM
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    Orange is the New Black is tailor made for streaming. Letís take a look at what makes this Netflix original so popular with streamers.
    by Published on 06-10-2017 11:49 AM
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    Rain Fade. Two four-letter words that satellite customers hate. For most people rain fade is a very rare occurrence, happening far less than cable outages and much more easily fixed (all you have to do is wait for the sun to come out.) But let's be honest, it does happen.

    When a rainy day threatens your reception, you have a choice! Pre-recorded content on your DVR is still available of course, and you also have another option: The DIRECTV app for phones and tablets. You'll find over 100 channels of live TV on these apps and even some of your locals (for some markets.) Watch to your heart's content!

    If you're the sort of person who doesn't much like watching on a phone or tablet, most phones -- even iPhones and iPads which rarely support outputting to anything -- have adapters that connect them temporarily to a TV. The quality is actually surprisingly good depending on your internet speed.

    The DIRECTV app for tablets and phones is available at your favorite app store of course, and it's free for all DIRECTV subscribers.

    Of course, if you want all your local channels in the rain you'll need to add an antenna to your setup. Over-the-air antenna TV never suffers from rain fade and you'll get dozens of channels you didn't even know existed!
    by Published on 06-09-2017 03:49 PM
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    Comic books, up until the 1980s, were a very limiting art form. They were produced as cheaply as possible and that meant limiting the number of colors and making everything look exciting even though it looked flat. At that time, comics were also thought of as children's entertainment.

    That started ...
    by Published on 06-09-2017 12:42 PM
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    2. Satellite

    Thanks to Signal Pro Jason for this suggestion!

    No.Even if you have a Genie DVR in the home you cannot pause live TV with an H25 receiver. However, there are some things you should probably know.

    What most people do as a workaround is record the program on the Genie, then it can be played from the Genie playlist and you can pause it even though it's live.

    If you go to a hotel and your room has an H25 in it, you may be able to pause live TV because some hotel H25s are fitted with flash drives that let them pause live TV. Even if you stole the flash drive from them (don't do this) it won't work in a receiver designed for home.

    In short there is no way to upgrade an H25 so that, by itself, you can pause live TV. If you want to upgrade to that functionality, replace the H25 with a Genie Mini Client (if you have a Genie DVR) or with an HR24 DVR if you don't.
    by Published on 06-09-2017 12:12 PM
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    A (hopefully) off-topic look at the possible future.

    It doesn't take much imagination at this point to see what happens human intelligence and artificial intelligence grow closer. There's no shortage of movies and TV shows that will show you that. Of course, it's all science fiction, right?

    Maybe not. Researchers talk about something ...

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