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    COMPLETELY UPDATED: Use more than 16 tuners on your DIRECTV system!

    The best resources just get better! Since its original publication in read on

    FINALLY: DPH42 Multiswitch available at Solid Signal!

    We've been talking about it for almost a year. This rather innocent read on

    What is a reflector?

    The reflector is what makes a lot of reception possible. You see read on

    Ken Reid and Pee-Wee's Playhouse

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

    What to do with a broken tablet ??????

    Here's an interesting story for you. One of my lesser computers, a read on

    DIRECTV NOW is up to 20,000 on demand titles

    Just keeps getting better. DIRECTV NOW is turning into the only live read on

    DISH shows EVOLVE, a new hotel solution

    This might finally be the year that hotel entertainment catches up. read on

    DIRECTV app allows more offloading

    Because not everyone has unlimited data. It's funny how the balance read on

    Can you use a DIRECTV splitter to split an antenna line?

    Yeah, kinda, but you shouldn't. First of all, using a DIRECTV read on

    SyFy channel changes it logo to something more prison-like

    This is the new branding for SYFY the channel once known as SciFi. read on

    Why recycle your used electronics?

    Every two years or so we get new phones. Every five years, new read on

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    Take a look... These deals can't be beat! read on

    THE RUMOR MILL: You shouldn't buy DIRECTV equipment online?

    We're here to set the record straight. You might have heard or read read on

    NICE AND EASY: Can you replace parts inside a DIRECTV receiver?

    You can't do that. I know it might be tempting to open up that read on

    What is "POTS" (referring to telephones)?

    Yeah, also the things in the picture. Good job smart guy. "POTS" is read on

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    by Published on 06-28-2017 04:06 PM
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    2. Satellite



    We've been talking about it for almost a year. This rather innocent piece of kit here, the DISH DPH42 multiswitch, is the answer to the prayers of thousands of DISH power users. For with this little chunk of metal, one satellite dish can support two Hopper 3 DVRs. That means an astounding 32 tuners of recording capabilities, or 18 rooms covered. That's not chump change and let's be honest, it's probably enough to satisfy pretty much every user out there.

    There is one thing you need to know if you want to use one of these, and it's a little ... counterintuitive. If you have a Hopper 3 now, you know that you have to use a Hybrid Pro LNB. If you have a DPH42, you can't use a Hybrid Pro LNB, you have to use one of the older-style Eastern Arc or Western Arc LNBs. I know it makes no sense if you think about it but the DPH42 acts as the Hybrid Pro part, so all you need is a conventional LNB on the dish. It doesn't work if you use a Hybrid Pro LNB.

    If you've been waiting for this multiswitch, it's your lucky day! Check it out now at SolidSignal!
    by Published on 06-28-2017 12:21 PM
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    2. Satellite



    The best resources just get better! Since its original publication in 2012, our white paper originally titled "More than 16 Tuners in the Home" has been downloaded over 150,000 times! It's become the ultimate authority for installing large DIRECTV systems for DIYers and regular installers who aren't D2 Advantage certified.

    A lot has changed since 2012, and the biggest change in the DIRECTV world is you can now get more than 16 tuners with a single LNB... you don't even necessarily need an external multiswitch! So, since the old "more than 16 tuners" line isn't appropriate, this award-winning eBook has been completely revised and updated in its third edition. It's also been renamed "The Ultimate Guide to Upgrading" to reflect its use for all DIYers and installers who want to upgrade to the top-end DIRECTV systems.

    Using new devices like the Reverse Band LNB and SWM-30 multiswitch, it's now possible to get an astounding 104 tuners from a single equipment closet and only Solid Signal shows you how!

    Check our free, downloadable eBook now!
    by Published on 06-28-2017 12:18 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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    The reflector is what makes a lot of reception possible.

    You see them on satellite dishes and TV antennas. They're ether a solid bowl-looking item or a series of bars. They're reflectors, and they're an important part of any antenna, whether it's for satellite, TV, or anything else.

    Reflectors for antennas were first demonstrated ...
    by Published on 06-28-2017 12:17 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 06-28-2017 11:00 AM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Online/MobileTV



    Just keeps getting better. DIRECTV NOW is turning into the only live streaming service you'll need. Latecomers like YouTube TV and Hulu are really beginning to fall behind.

    After adding a lot of local channels as well as Fox channels in nearly every market recently, AT&T announced recently that their DIRECTV NOW customers have access to 20,000 on demand titles, a number that rivals not only the satellite-delivered product but also beats the on demand selection of other cable companies.

    It's possible that Hulu has a larger on-demand selection but their recent app redesign, which many have called disastrous, has left users struggling to find content. I personally tried to browse Hulu just yesterday and couldn't find many of the films I had seen just a few months ago. Some wouldn't show up in a search meaning they'd probably been removed, but others did show up in a search, meaning that they were there and the app just wasn't showing them to me in any reasonable way.

    That's why when it comes to live streaming, I prefer DIRECTV NOW. I know that the interface will help me get to the programming I want, not just the 6 things that the company wants to show me. Don't get me wrong, I like Hulu and YouTube but they don't have the kind of experience that AT&T has in providing live television and they're clearly still figuring it out.

    While they do, enjoy the over 100 channels of live TV and 20,000 on demand programs on DIRECTV NOW. You'll be glad you did.
    by Published on 06-27-2017 11:09 AM
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    2. Data/Networks
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    Here's an interesting story for you. One of my lesser computers, a Windows 10 "convertible," just stopped working. I mean, in the middle of a Powerpoint, just shut down and gave up. It's getting power and something must still be alive in it at a very low level because there's a light indicating it's charging (as opposed to fully charged.) ...
    by Published on 06-27-2017 10:22 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    [size=5]This might finally be the year[/img] that hotel entertainment catches up. I've been complaining for oh, about half a decade that hotels don't do enough to provide a good in-room entertainment experience. The old excuse that "people don't go to hotels to watch TV" has always been a load of horse hockey ...
    by Published on 06-27-2017 10:07 AM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Satellite
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    Because not everyone has unlimited data. It's funny how the balance seems to shift in the world of cell phone and tablet viewing. Of course in the 2000s no one had enough bandwidth to stream. That's why solutions like GenieGO were invented - to give you the ability to take programs with you. Then things shifted and people ...
    by Published on 06-26-2017 03:30 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Misc. Gadgets
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    Every two years or so we get new phones. Every five years, new computers. Every ten years, new TVs. Within the last decade, we've been asked not to just throw the old ones out, but to recycle them responsibly. Is this just another sham or is it worth something?

    Let's look at two points ...

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