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    by Published on 09-12-2017 08:24 AM
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    Component Video. Composite Video. Why do they have to sound so similar? Here's the simplest way we can think of to explain the difference.

    Component Video is designed for HDTVs and has five plugs - red/green/blue for video and red/white for audio. Yep, two of them are red. if you connect the wrong thing to the wrong thing you'll have a REALLY funky picture.

    Composite Video is designed for older TVs and has 3 plugs - yellow for video and red/white for audio.

    Most TVs made before 2005 don't have component video. Most TVs made between 2005 and 2010 have component AND composite. Most TVs made today don't have either.

    Simple enough?
    by Published on 09-11-2017 10:50 AM
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    This storm season has been unique with two hurricanes hitting the US mainland so close together. While it looks like Florida was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma,[/size] there's still a lot of work to be done and millions of people are still without power as I write this article. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2017 10:39 AM
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    If you’re considering cutting the cord, DIRECTV NOW keeps looking like a great option. This week, some important improvements have come to the streaming service.

    DIRECTV NOW might be considered new, but this streaming service continues to evolve. A week doesn’t go by without some news about DIRECTV’s streaming-only option. This week is no exception. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2017 09:50 AM
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    Call it a slow news day. I got this press release from AT&T and I figured I would share it with you. Randall Stephenson is "the top person" at AT&T, and anytime he speaks, he's going to make some sort of wave, even if it's not a very big one. This time tomorrow he'll be speaking at something called the "Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference" which sounds like a great excuse for very wealthy people to get together and use all sorts of acronyms none of us understand.

    But hey, if you're bored you might want to check it out. I'll share the press release with you all and you can see if it's your cup of tea. Nice thing is... it's free, at least to listen. I have to imagine you'd pay a lot if you actually went.


    AT&T will webcast a presentation by Randall Stephenson, AT&T Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, at the 26th Annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York City on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET.

    The webcast will be available live and for replay at AT&T Investor Relations. We recommend viewers start the webcast a few minutes before the planned start time in case the conference schedule changes.
    by Published on 09-10-2017 11:41 AM
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    This Winegard Metrostar is a great little antenna. It can pull in signals from 25-30 miles away in every direction at once. It's perfect for urban dwellers, because the closer you are to the broadcast towers, the more likely it is that you'll need to point in several directions ...
    by Published on 09-10-2017 11:09 AM
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    I don't blame you if you want all new hardware. Then again I don't blame DIRECTV for refurbishing receivers and sending them out again. The average receiver can be used in an average scenario for 5-8 years but a lot of receivers are returned after only two, either because a contract has come up or because the customer upgrades it. If DIRECTV didn't have a refurbishing program, costs for receivers would be sky-high, and remember that most DIRECTV hardware goes out to customers at low or no cost.

    Unfortunately, paying full price to get a DIRECTV box doesn't guarantee it won't be a refurb. In some cases, there is nothing out there but refurbished hardware, and in some cases there is just so much refurbished hardware out there that it's not likely you'll get something "new." DIRECTV doesn't even distinguish between new and refurbished hardware in inventory, which makes it hard for Solid Signal to be sure of what you'll get, short of looking at the actual manufacturing stickers on the receivers themselves.

    As of this writing, in September 2017, these are the only DIRECTV receivers that are going out new at all (and there is still a chance of getting a refurb:

    HS17 "Genie 2" Home Server DVR
    HR54 "Genie" DVR
    C61 Genie Mini Client
    C61K 4K Genie Mini Client

    I'm not saying you WILL get a new receiver if you choose one of those parts, only that if you choose any other receiver you're definitely getting a refurb. This includes all the other DVRs offered by DIRECTV, even the HR44 Genie.

    If you get a refurbished box, this doesn't automatically mean it's bad. In fact most refurbished hardware from DIRECTV lives long and happy lives after being refurbished. If there were a huge epidemic of bad refurbs out there, DIRECTV would be losing money and losing customers. It wouldn't be worth it. Sure, there are sometimes a few clunkers but if this happens, usually the hardware can be replaced without cost to you if it happens soon after activation. At any rate it's going to be less than $20 to replace a broken receiver at any point in its life, due to the lease structure DIRECTV employs.

    If you get hardware from DIRECTV, look for a sticker that has the model number. If the model number (usually something like HR54-500) has an R or a NC after it, that's a refurbished box. Most of the time that sticker is the only way you can tell for sure.
    by Published on 09-09-2017 04:41 PM
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    This doesn't seem like it should work. But sometimes it does. If you're having problems getting the great reception you want from your antenna, try aiming it waaaaay off axis. Like, try rotating it 90 degrees from the towers. When you do this, you'll ...
    by Published on 09-09-2017 08:44 AM
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    Your friendly neighborhood Netflix cheerleader thinks that the streaming giant sucks at the moment. And it all has to do with Gypsy

    Are you a fan of Netflix’s original series Gypsy? If so, be prepared for a sucker punch straight to the gut! Netflix recently announced that it cancelled this amazingly unique series. This happened just six weeks after ...
    by Published on 09-08-2017 12:32 PM
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    The internet is abuzz with news of the DIRECTV Genie 2. It's DIRECTV's latest gamechanger DVR, with the ability to store over 450 hours of HD content and support two 4K TVs at once. It does other tricks, too.

    If you're thinking of upgrading to this new DVR, you may be asking if ...
    by Published on 09-08-2017 12:14 PM



    This whole time, I thought yo-yoing was a lost art. None of the children I know can do it, some of the adults I know can't yo, and I myself haven't yo'd in longer than I can remember.

    I just thought the yo-yo was another one of those child's toys like the peg game or the cup-and-ball thing or the paddle-ball thing that people don't do anymore, owing to the fact that they have other forms of entertainment that aren't essentially stationary blocks of wood with strings.

    Apparently there's still a yo-yo culture out there and its reining leader is one Shu Takada, shown above using the yo-yo with such ferocity and skill that you'd easily think he does nothing else but yo all day.

    The thing that worries me here is that if there are still yo-yos, that means somewhere in the nasty corners of the internet there exists a very adult yo-yo culture. You all know what I mean, don't make me say it. Just enjoy the video and happy Friday!

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