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    by Published on 04-04-2014 03:08 PM

    Oh, those kooky Japanese companies. While people in other countries may wonder why Americans have such an affinity for cinnamon and cold soda, we're left looking right back at their culinary choices with a mix of shock and disgust.

    This time we're looking at the "Gari Gari Kun" brand of flavored frozen treats, the sort of thing you'd call "popsicles" if that weren't a trademarked name. Their latest flavor, "Spaghetti Napolitana" combines the taste of fine southern Italian cuisine with a freezer and a stick.

    Before you think this is some sort of joke, check out the source article at Dramafever, a site that specializes in Asian culture. It sure seems to be a real thing, complete with "tomato jello bits." (Before you say "ew" at least stop to wonder for a second why they can use the trademarked word "Jell-o" but not "Popsicle.")

    You just have to wonder.
    by Published on 04-04-2014 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 (along with Cox Cable, Mediacom, RCN, and Verizon FIOS) 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!
    by Published on 04-04-2014 12:03 PM
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    Thanks to our Signal Pro "Mr. Signal" for this suggestion.

    Quick answer: yes. Why not give everyone in the room their own remote? Here's an easy guide to what you need to do:

    All DIRECTV Receivers: Use as many infrared remotes as you want.

    This is by far the easiest option. Buy a new DIRECTV remote (old style or new style) and in most cases you will be able to start using ...
    by Published on 04-03-2014 12:43 PM
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    Later this month, the US Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments that will help decide the fate of Aereo, the company that's been providing subscription TV service to cities across the country. Courts in the east have upheld Aereo's business model, while courts in the west have struck it down. Let's take a closer look at what's really being decided here.

    What's NOT being decided ...
    by Published on 04-03-2014 12:18 PM
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    You have the right to put up any antenna or dish smaller than 1 meter (39") in any dimension, in your private area, whether or not the HOA can see it. Period. It's called the Over-The-Air Reception Devices rule (OTARD) and the FCC passed to make sure that you were protected from HOA and condo board abuse.

    by Published on 04-03-2014 11:42 AM
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    Yes. You don't get more nice and easy than that. If you want to run multiple TVs from the same receiver, or use a Slingbox or DVD recorder, it works just fine. Whether standard-definition composite, HD component, or HDMI, all those outputs are there for your use.

    There's no magic to using other outputs, just connect them and go! If you are using an HD DVR, you may see a message that your TV's cables aren't HD. Just follow these instructions:

    and everything will work!
    by Published on 04-03-2014 11:20 AM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first seven years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    2011 wasn't that long ago and this article is still very accurate. It's not much to laugh at like some of our older articles, but it still dates back to the time before our blog was relaunched, and when our graphic standards were a little... looser. Back then the blog was hosted using Google's Blogger platform and while having lots of white space is contemporary, the weak layout and poor type choices didn't help this article much.

    Rather than reprint the article here, it's more fun to go to the Internet Wayback Machine and look at it in its original form... here.

    Of course Solid Signal still offers the Western Arc and Eastern Arc dishes, after all it's only been three years.
    by Published on 04-02-2014 01:51 PM
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    Apple has had a dicey history with its non-standard connectors. While the world has standardized on (some would say blatantly copied) Apple's user interface design for years now, the hardware side of things has been rather touch-and-go. While Apple scored a big win as one of the first companies ...
    by Published on 04-02-2014 01:14 PM

    And you thought we just sold stuff online? If you think Solid Signal is just a place to go for a splitter or cable, you're in for a big surprise. Signal Connect, our commercial arm, is not only the top DIRECTV dealer in the Midwest region, it's the top installer of marine satellite systems. Signal Connect creates custom packages for sports bars, hotels, apartment complexes, even small offices.

    The best part about Signal Connect is our motto: "We speak your language." It means we have experts who know your business and we are ready to take care of your particular needs. It's personalized service, it's an attitude that says, "we're ready to roll up our sleeves and get it done for you." We back that up with national service backed by billion-dollar companies like DISH, DIRECTV, KVH, Winegard and Wilson Electronics. We partner with the best in the business, and we speak their language too -- our certified techs work hard to make sure you're getting exactly what you need.

    If you've ever thought of doing a high-end home theater or commercial TV setup, if you've ever been to a hotel where the TVs still have wood paneling on the sides, if your dentist's office doesn't give you live TV while you're getting a cleaning, then you know of a need that Signal Connect can satisfy. All we're asking for is a chance... why not let us try to help!
    by Published on 04-02-2014 12:42 PM
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    In the United States, over 34 million homes have satellite TV. You probably know someone who has it, and if you've been to a sports bar, you've seen it too. It's surprising to think that there is still misinformation out there about satellite TV but you'd be surprised what people say. People still think cable or fiber is better, and that's just not true. Here are some popular myths... and the real truth behind them.

    You ...
    by Published on 04-02-2014 09:26 AM
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    It just gets better and better for DIRECTV with the release of the GenieGO 2, the successor to DIRECTV's streaming and transcoding box. You'll find some surprises in the new version, and only The Solid Signal Blog brings you this kind of in-depth review in online AND PDF format!

    GenieGO 2 isn't available yet but should be here soon... and only retailers like Solid Signal can guarantee you the model you want!

    Read or download the exclusive review now!

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