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    DISH brings the 4K

    DISH is getting into the 4K game at long last with a full-time read on

    Fall TV Preview: Hidden Gems

    It looks like our fall preview guide has become an annual tradition. read on

    Autumn leaves are turning -- get your dish ready for winter

    It's finally the first day of autumn, and it's no fun to think that read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: HDTV is coming

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on

    Test your TV before you install that DIRECTV 4K Client

    Don't miss this important step. If you're adding a DIRECTV 4K Genie read on

    Insider Guide to the Best Stuff (part 1)

    Do you want the hook up on the best electronic products? Your inside read on

    Fall Preview 2017: Where are the shows?

    The fall preview guides written by myself and Jake Buckler were some read on

    Ken Reid and a lot of other guys

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

    We'd never recommend you do this but...

    Don't you hate when you're in a sports bar and you can't get the game read on

    Get a powered USB hub, not a cheap one. You'll thank me later.

    First things first... you can get a USB hub from Solid Signal for a read on

    Try DIRECTV NOW one week for free!

    Get the details! read on

    Don't trust those cell phone bars

    Remember this chart? It made the rounds a few years ago when Apple read on

    Does antenna stacking really work?

    If one antenna is good, aren't two better? That's the idea behind read on

    NICE AND EASY: If I have DIRECTV Satellite, do I get DIRECTV NOW for free?

    Well yes and no. DIRECTV NOW is the streaming service from AT&T that read on

    What is a good material for an antenna?

    Why are outdoor antennas made of aluminum? Why does it matter that read on

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Speakers

    In FOOD FOR THOUGHT we'll take a look at the things we take for read on
    by Published on 09-21-2017 02:47 PM
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    It looks like our fall preview guide has become an annual tradition. This is great because it’s the one time I get to publicly disagree with Stuart Sweet!

    In October, the TV networks roll out what they hope will be the best of the best TV programs. As Stuart is keen to point out, this isn’t always the case and I agree. Much of what passes as the ...
    by Published on 09-21-2017 12:23 PM
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    It's finally the first day of autumn, and it's no fun to think that snowy days are coming again. Still, it's the best time to check out all your outdoor technology before it's too cold to go outside.

    This year, pay close attention to insect ...
    by Published on 09-21-2017 10:42 AM
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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, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    Back in 2007, HD was a curiosity. DIRECTV had about six national HD channels and a decent sized (37") ...
    by Published on 09-21-2017 09:40 AM
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    DISH is getting into the 4K game at long last with a full-time channel for Hopper 3 and its 4K Joey clients. DISH channel 540 will be carrying 4K on Saturdays all season with college football that you won't see in 4K anywhere else. They also say this is the beginning of something big, and that they'll be showing 4K baseball and other sports throughout the year.

    DISH has been slower to adopt 4K than DIRECTV, instead relying on the Hopper's ability to connect to Netflix for the bulk of its 4K options. This could be the beginning of an industry-wide adoption of 4K, which would be a long time coming.

    And for you press release fans, you know I wouldn't leave you out in the cold:

    Click for full Press Release
    DISH now delivering select college football games from FOX Sports in 4K.

    September 21, 2017 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DISH today announced that it will deliver select college football games from FOX Sports’ FS1 in 4K, beginning with the Oklahoma-Baylor matchup on Saturday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Games will be simulcast in the pixel-packed format every weekend on DISH channel 540 throughout football season for Hopper 3 customers.

    “DISH has offered 4K-ready set-top boxes for three years, and 4K TV market share is anticipated to exceed one-in-four U.S. households by the end of 2017,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH executive vice president and chief technology officer. “The missing element? 4K programming. That’s why it’s great to see forward-looking companies like FOX invest in 4K production, so together we can deliver live entertainment in crystal-clear resolution.”

    This move is part of a broader agreement that includes future 4K coverage of college basketball games, Major League Baseball and NASCAR racing.

    DISH offers a slate of 4K programming from NBCUniversal, Netflix, The Orchard and Mance Media. The company has also delivered special 4K broadcasts throughout the past year, including a live PPV broadcast of Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva mixed martial arts fight, Planet Earth II, and NBC’s coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro.
    by Published on 09-20-2017 03:42 PM
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    Don't miss this important step. If you're adding a DIRECTV 4K Genie Mini Client (C61K) to your home system, make sure it's compatible with your TV before activating it. If there's a problem, it's a lot easier to return a client box if it hasn't been fully activated.

    DIRECTV ...
    by Published on 09-20-2017 01:30 PM
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    Do you want the hook up on the best electronic products?
    Your inside sources at Solid Signal have the best online deals!

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    by Published on 09-20-2017 09:44 AM
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    The fall preview guides written by myself and Jake Buckler were some of the best-read articles we wrote last year, so I thought it time, now that fall is around the corner, to get you up to date on the programs you'll be forgetting by November 1.

    This is an odd year since it really seems like the broadcast networks are debuting far fewer programs than they did in years past. That's not a bad thing, as it may allow terrible shows to grow into good ones or at least find ...
    by Published on 09-20-2017 09:25 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 ...
    by Published on 09-19-2017 04:29 PM



    Who needs a flashlight when you have a cell phone? Well, everyone needs this NiteCore Tip flashlight. It's the brightest mini flashlight you'll find -- about the size of a pair of AA batteries -- and it lasts for a lot longer than your cell phone, which is good to know when you'll need it.

    This video shows you everything that comes with the flashlight and gives a little detail of how it works.
    by Published on 09-19-2017 11:54 AM
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    First things first... you can get a USB hub from Solid Signal for a very low price. And I'm not saying you shouldn't get one of those. I'm saying that it's not going to give you everything you want out of life.

    If you're seriously going to use a USB hub, you are going to to two things ...

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