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    by Published on 04-07-2017 10:26 AM
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    A little plug for a friend of a friend here. If you ever find yourself in Ticonderoga, New York (and I know, that's a stretch) you'll find tons of touristy things to do, most having to do with the Revolutionary War. However, if that's not your cup of tea, you may want to visit the Star ...
    by Published on 04-07-2017 08:53 AM
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    Winter is (almost) over. It may officially be spring, but some folks are still digging out. For the rest of us though, it's time to think about getting back on the open road. So, you get that RV out of winter storage, clean it up, check everything, and what's this?

    Your DIRECTV receiver doesn't give you a picture! Instead you get a message saying "721 - Channel Not Purchased" or something similar. You've been paying the bill, you're a good person, how can this happen to you?

    Relax. This is a normal thing that happens to DIRECTV receivers if they're left unpowered for more than a few weeks. DIRECTV receivers are insecure -- they get very worried if they don't hear from the satellite on a timely basis. While that sounds funny, it's a homespun way of saying that for security purposes, every DIRECTV receiver needs a new authorization signal on a timely basis or it will assume that service has been turned off or that the receiver is no longer in the USA (which is a big no-no.)

    This is easy enough to deal with. The fastest way might be to go to directv.com/721 where you can get instructions on how to fix the problem yourself. This works most of the time but if it doesn't, or if you don't have the time to read all the long instructions on that page, just give a call to your friends at SolidSignal.com and we can help. Our customer service team are experts at solving this sort of problem, and we're here to help, even if you didn't get the receiver from us. Call us at 877.312.4547 and you'll be on the road before you know it.
    by Published on 04-07-2017 08:25 AM
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    In just a few short years, DIRECTV's Genie system has gone from "latest and greatest" to "this is what everyone gets." If you're a new DIRECTV customer, you get a Genie, period. (At least residential customers. Commercial customers get something else.) So if you have DIRECTV at home you've gotten used to recording five things at once, having the interactive ...
    by Published on 04-06-2017 03:22 PM
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    During a recent chat with a customer, we had occasion to recommend a UHF-only antenna. Our customer knew a little about antennas, and he wisely asked,

    "How can I get my channel 2 and 4 with just a UHF antenna? I thought UHF was channel 14 and up?"

    It's an interesting question and the ...
    by Published on 04-06-2017 02:22 PM
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    You see this all the time with marine antennas, but you'll also see it with some TV and cellular antennas designed for home use. It's not just to keep the antenna pretty, there's actually a good reason.

    In the case of marine antennas, fiberglass is usually the covering of choice. It's ...
    by Published on 04-06-2017 12:48 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.

    The year: 2013.

    The idea: A company called Aereo found a way to exploit a loophole in the FCC's key set of laws and rules to try to create a subscription TV service without paying broadcasters for the ...
    by Published on 04-06-2017 10:54 AM
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    Most of the time, you don't have to worry about this. If you're traveling with your DIRECTV receiver, you'll get live TV even if the clock on the receiver is wrong. If you're setting up recordings or something, you may want to set the time zone so it's correct.

    Setting the time zone is not going to let you get local channels if you're out of your local area... you'll need an antenna for that. However, it may help you understand your guide better. Or, maybe you're just the sort of person who really just needs your clocks to be right even when you travel. I respect that.

    At any rate, you can't set the actual time, but you can set the time zone. Press {MENU} then go to Settings&Help, Settings, Display, Clock. You can set the time zone and daylight saving time options, which should get your clock to be accurate.

    I would just say, don't do this unless you really feel you have to. DIRECTV's clock setting is automatic and there really should be no need to change it constantly. It's better that your receiver simply thinks it's back in its home location all the time. You'll still get recordings at the proper time even if you're in the wrong time zone, because those national channels don't change their schedules just because you've relocated.

    But, if it's something you feel you have to do... now you know how to do it.
    by Published on 04-05-2017 10:48 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 04-05-2017 10:34 AM
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    Thanks to RAD for this tip!

    Now that's what I call synergy. AT&T's new unlimited plans are really taking the world by storm, and they're already getting better. Most of us thought unlimited plans were gone forever but AT&T brought them back in the best possible way. You probably know that if you have and AT&T unlimited ...
    by Published on 04-05-2017 09:45 AM
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    Tonight we're gonna watch TV like it's 1999.

    Literally.

    Back in 1999, two new products hit the market. At the time no one could decide whether to call them "personal video recorders" or "digital video recorders," but devices from TiVo and ReplayTV opened up a whole new frontier of television watching. Those pioneering ...
    by Published on 04-05-2017 06:49 AM
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    Back and bigger than ever. DIRECTV once again brings you comprehensive coverage of the Masters starting tomorrow April 6. Channel 701 will have the interactive experience where you can watch up to 4 live streams at once, and for even more coverage, you'll be able to see 4K coverage of the famed "Amen Corner" on channel 106. Masters coverage was DIRECTV's first live 4K experience last year and this year they're back with everything they've learned to bring you even more coverage.

    If your DVR is connected to the internet (and if it isn't, why not?) you can press the right arrow button on your remote to bring up a menu of interactive apps including the Masters experience. It's the easiest way to see what's going on quickly.

    I'll admit that I'm not much of a fan of golf but the way DIRECTV does it, it's exciting and fresh every year. With tons of HD and 4K content coming your way -- all without an extra cost -- you'll find yourself getting drawn in just like I did.

    If you're still not set up for HD or 4K, give my friends over at Solid Signal a call at 877.312.4547 and while we probably can't get you set up for this year's tournament, you can enjoy a whole universe of sports while you're waiting for next year's.

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