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    by Published on 09-30-2014 03:56 PM
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    It's an outdated and possibly sexist term, but we can't deny the impact that our spouses and significant others have had to the growth of the consumer electronics industry and the devices that we all enjoy.

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    by Published on 09-30-2014 01:30 PM
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    It's so easy.

    DIRECTV gives you a full set of parental controls that you can use to keep your kids from watching anything you don't want them to watch, and that includes pay-per-view. If you've recently come home and found that your child has bought Frozen 16 times this month, each time for a fee, you're probably ready to toss your DVR out the window. (Please don't.) The good news is that you have control.

    At your DVR, press {MENU}, Settings&Help, Parental Controls, then scroll down to Spending Limits. You can set a limit for how much can be spent on a purchase, and you can set that limit to $0.00 if you want. Unfortunately there's no way to give a monthly spending limit, but this is an excellent start. The spending limit can be as high as $655 (an odd number to be sure, but that is far more than any single event anyway.) Or it can be as low as you want.

    While you're in the Parental Controls screen, take a look you can lock out your child's access to any channel, any rating, at any time. And if you lock parental controls with a four-digit code that only you know (hint, don't make it your child's birthday) then you know you're safe.

    Looking for a full tutorial on DIRECTV Parental Controls? Check this one out.
    by Published on 09-30-2014 11:10 AM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV



    Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of free movies, all available to stream. DIRECTV brings them to you on their app for smartphones and tablets, and it's easier than ever to get them! The latest version gives you a revised user interface with the ability to filter out FREE content! It's even smart enough to know if you have premium packages and show you that content if it's available. Just use the dropdown menu at the upper left to show My Channels Only and Free Items Only. You can even go further, filtering by genre too. You'll get full guide data, cast information everything.

    If you want to look at free movies to record, choose "All" from the upper right choices. If you only want to look at streaming choices, choose "Watch on iPad," "Watch on Phone" or "Watch on Tablet" depending on your device. It's super easy. and you get near HD resolution if your device has enough bandwidth to support it. Even use your device's built-in "casting" ability (Miracast, Chromecast, AirPlay, etc) or a good-old-fashioned HDMI cable to put the content up on a TV. As I said, who needs Netflix?

    The best part, of course, is that all of this is free with your DIRECTV subscription. Of course, if you want pay-per-view movies, you'll get a full selection and ordering is easy, it just charges to your DIRECTV bill! There are tons of movies available weeks or even months before the premium channels or Netflix get them, plus a complete library of back titles.

    Of course, it's not just movies either. There's a lot of on demand content, and with a GenieGO you can stream or download content from your home DVR as well. Virtually unlimited!
    by Published on 09-29-2014 02:54 PM
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    And there's an interesting story behind it. We told you back in June that DIRECTV had found themselves in a bit of a pickle with regard to its carriage agreements for Reelz and Ovation, both channels owned by the former owner of USSB (which DIRECTV bought in 1999.) DIRECTV promised back then that Hubbard's ...
    by Published on 09-29-2014 02:36 PM
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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 ...
    by Published on 09-29-2014 08:24 AM
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    In April 2014, I wrote a short, quick review of the iView 3500STBII in iView 3500STBII Quick Review. Since that time I've picked up a second iView 3500STBII and have been using it on a different TV (a third TV if you also remember the short ...
    by Published on 09-28-2014 05:02 PM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets



    Never lose your keys again. If you have an iOS device, you really owe it to yourself to pick up one of these Elgato Smart Keys. No magic here, it's just a little device the size of a key ring, with a long-lasting and cheap-to-replace battery that has one purpose in life. If you lose your keys, and you're within Bluetooth range, it will help you find them. No it won't help you much if you left them on the subway, but if you are the sort of person who walks around the house aimlessly, hoping you can find your car keys before you're late... what are you waiting for?

    There's an app (of course) which is why you need an iOS device. It's simple and easy to use, and if you tell your phone to do so, it will make your keychain beep until you find it.

    Oh, there's another little trick, too -- If you leave the app running it will tell you if you leave your keys behind with plenty of time to go get them (unless, you know, they're in a moving subway.

    The price is right and the time is now... shop now at Solid Signal!
    by Published on 09-28-2014 12:06 PM
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    You have the power to surf the guide without disturbing others! Sure, you have the DIRECTV app for smartphones and tablets, but The answer is already right in your hand.

    While you're watching live TV, press the {ENTER} button on your DIRECTV remote. (If you have an older remote you can also press the {BLUE} button.) You'll see a mini-guide that shows you one channel at a time at the bottom of the screen. It's super-convenient and less distracting than using the full screen guide.

    This feature has been around since the first DIRECTV Plus HD DVR (HR20) but for some reason most people don't know about it. It works great, though, and is fully supported on every HD DVR including the HR44 Genie and C41 Genie Mini Client.

    Surf the channels using the arrow keys. Press {CHAN/PAGE} up or down to skip a few channels at a time. Skip forward and back in time using the fast forward and rewind buttons. If you find a channel, press {SELECT} or press the record button to record it. Done browsing? Press that Enter button again and the mini guide will go away.
    by Published on 09-27-2014 05:42 PM
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    If you have the new generation GenieGO 2 there's one trick you probably didn't know it would do. You can put the GenieGO 2 in place of your DECA Broadband or Cinema Connection Kit and it will supply internet to all your connected devices. That's just one less thing you need to have in the chain. ...
    by Published on 09-27-2014 03:20 PM
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    So, you know, you think you have your own problems to deal with... and then something like this crosses your desk (or does it? Or is it just a dream?) Researchers have been trying to figure out if what we perceive as reality is actually a very complex simulation. Most people think of The Matrix when they hear ...

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