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    Today is Veteran's Day. You might have gotten yesterday off work, but today is the actual day. Veteran's Day, originally called Armistice Day, was first celebrated in 1919, to celebrate the end of World War I, which happened on "the "eleventh hour ...
    by Published on 11-10-2017 09:29 PM
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    They said it couldn't be done. They were wrong. Many folks think that just because you're using a round dish, you can't use SWM technology. That's why people choose to buy expensive multiswitches from Spaun or other companies. The truth is that SWM technology works just as well with ...
    by Published on 11-10-2017 06:31 PM
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    So... you're watching The Walking Dead and your spouse says to you, "How come there are commercials on this channel? We pay to get these channels. Does that sound fair to you?" And you think about it, and it really begins to get you angry. You know ...
    by Published on 11-10-2017 01:34 PM
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    This rumor pops up now and again... someone on a user forum says that there's a new DIRECTV receiver coming to replace the venerable H24 and H25. The H24 debuted in 2009 and is DIRECTV's only "non-SWM' receiver meaning it can be used with older dishes in place of standard definition equipment. The H25 came to us in late 2010 and brought a smaller size, simplified set of electronics, and better energy usage. While the H24 is no longer made, it's still being offered, meaning that all units in use are going to be refurbished. The H25 is still being made in limited numbers but since demand for it is dropping the refurbished units are still quite common.

    So, you hear now and again that there will be a new receiver to replace these older ones, and lately the number "H50" has been mentioned once or twice. No one seems to have any details other than the assumption that it will be smaller and faster than its much older siblings.
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    by Published on 11-10-2017 09:45 AM
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    This blog doesn't go political. That's one of the things I'm proudest of, honestly. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by politics, I think of this blog as a little oasis where home theater buffs, professionals, and people of every stripe ...
    by Published on 11-09-2017 03:57 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, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    Sometimes these articles are a little sad. Although baseball season is over for another year, there's no denying the Los Angeles Dodgers had a good run. Or maybe you can deny it, if you never saw a game in the regular season. Sadly, SportsNet LA, the station that exclusively carries Dodgers home games, has never been available on DIRECTV or most other providers. Blame high prices -- the owners of SportsNet LA (originally Time Warner Cable and now Charter Spectrum) have historically charged such high prices and demanded such total coverage that a large company couldn't afford to pay them. Carrying the Dodgers channels could cost in the tens of millions of dollars per year and I don't care who you are that's not chump change.

    The sad thing is when I was looking back three years for a subject for this article, I saw this one, which I wrote over 3 1/2 years ago. I was hoping that the City of Los Angeles, one of the country's largest municipalities, could broker a deal between two of its largest companies. Both DIRECTV and (at the time) Time Warner Cable have huge ties to Southern California and yet the city would not intervene for the benefit of 15 million area residents. Oh well, I suppose they had bigger fish to fry.

    I wonder if I'll be writing another bitter "Throwback Thursday" article in 2020 after yet another four years of not seeing the Dodgers.
    by Published on 11-09-2017 03:49 PM
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    How are you liking those new Genie menus? If you're a little confused about how to get to your favorite features, Solid Signal's tutorials can help!

    In this video, we show you how to use On Demand if you have an H44, HR44, HR54, or Genie 2 (HS17) from DIRECTV. It's easy and we take you through all the steps!
    by Published on 11-09-2017 12:25 PM
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    The news isn't all bad. Net income is still $300 million give or take, and earnings per share dropped only 10 cents. At a time when we expect to hear doom and gloom from nearly every pay-TV provider, that's not so bad.

    I'm talking about ...
    by Published on 11-09-2017 09:08 AM
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    This is an antenna. For most of you, it may not be interesting. You may not even realize it's an antenna when you look at it. But yes, it's an antenna. This particular antenna specializes in picking up frequencies from 165-174 megahertz, ...
    by Published on 11-08-2017 12:46 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 ...
    by Published on 11-08-2017 12:07 PM
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    It's that time again. DISH is about to announce third quarter results and it may be a fairly interesting call. Several sources across the internet have suggested that DISH is now in a position where its market value is less than its accumulated debt, and when a company is in that position, there are going to be rumors about bankruptcy, restructuring, and the like.

    While DISH has had genuine success with its Sling TV product and while satellite TV continues to perform, the company is holding onto a lot of wireless licenses that it cannot use. If this situation continues it faces fines from the FCC, or those licenses will have to be sold or surrendered. DISH is an excellent company that continues to be a market disruptor with innovative products and services, but it remains to be seen if it can gather all of the little projects it's started over the years into one profitable lump, or if it will need to start selling off assets to finance future operations.

    These third quarter results could make the difference.

    DISH generally releases financials and a written press release prior to the conference call, but I'm publishing the details of the call below if anyone wants to get the information live. It all happens tomorrow.

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) will host a conference call at noon Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, November 9, 2017, to discuss its third quarter results. To attend the call, please use the information below for dial-in access. When prompted on dial-in, please utilize the conference ID and ask for the "DISH Network Q3 2017 Earnings Conference Call."

    Participant conference numbers: (866) 564-2842 (U.S.) and (323) 794-2094, Conference ID: 6845089

    A webcast replay will be available on DISH's Investor Relations website the day of the call and will remain available for 48 hours.

    DISH will distribute a financial results news release prior to the call. It will be posted to the Investor Relations website at DISH Network - Investor Relations - 1.888.825.2557.

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