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    by Published on 11-24-2017 09:45 AM
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    What a relief. According to the shortest press release ever, DISH and CBS have kissed and made up. I mean seriously, this is what DISH wrote:
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    by Published on 11-23-2017 05:22 PM
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    Updated for 2017!

    Ah, the eternal struggle. Is it better to have an easy installation or to have some ability to upgrade in the future? It's hard to know, but once you make the decision, it's hard to change.

    DIRECTV's been using the SWM system for about four years to make installations easier ...
    by Published on 11-23-2017 04:01 PM
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    You hear us saying it over and over again: If you're hooking up cable or satellite, stay away from cables with molded ends. If an installer comes and sees you using them, he'll replace them on the spot. When people come to our live chat or call us on the phone with problems, that's one of the first things ...
    by Published on 11-23-2017 01:06 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.

    May 12, 2014. That's when reality set in. There had been rumors of a deal between AT&T and DIRECTV before that, but on that day, ...
    by Published on 11-23-2017 09:41 AM



    Dear friends,

    Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather together. It may no longer be the start of the holiday season... that honor seems to fall around Halloween these days. So, it's a good chance to stop and think about what we're all thankful for.

    Here at Solid Signal, we're most thankful for you, our customers and fans. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't realize that without you, we're nothing. Everything we do comes down to making our products better for our customers, and offering our customers only the best products and the best technical support.

    We've been lucky this years that we've been able to serve so many of you. We keep growing and expanding into new markets and as new products come to us, we look at them and offer only the best to you.

    Take a moment to look around you, as we have, and be thankful for those people whom you have been lucky enough to serve in your own lives. We believe that taking care of people is one of the most important things we can do and that principle guides what we do.

    So, Happy Thanksgiving from Solid Signal and The Solid Signal Blog!
    by Published on 11-22-2017 01:31 PM
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    How much room is left on your DVR? It's time to give it a workout because there's a free preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz/Encore and Showtime all happening starting tomorrow (Thursday) and going all the way through Sunday. Check out all the entertainment on channels 501-557 in all there are about 45 channels of entertainment, most in HD. This is the biggest free preview in a long time on DIRECTV so make the most of it! If you have the DIRECTV App on your smartphone you can schedule recordings RIGHT NOW!

    Remember that Genie DVRs can record 5 things at the same time, and if you have a Genie 2 you can record 7 things at the same time! In most cases, content that you record doesn't ever expire. On Demand content from the premium channels does expire but it can be downloaded and watched for a short while after the preview is over.

    Of course, the folks at DIRECTV do hope that you'll like this stuff enough to pay for it long-term, so there's always that. Whether or not you choose to take on the very reasonable fee for the premium channels is up to you, but one way or another you are definitely in for a treat while the free preview is on, from today until November 26!
    by Published on 11-22-2017 12:49 PM
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    At Solid Signal HQ, it won't surprise you to know that there are several TVs on during the day. After all, we're one of the country's largest DIRECTV dealers. You might be considering a TV in your office too, to keep your employees informed, to make ...
    by Published on 11-22-2017 12:40 PM
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    It's been with you most (or all) of your life. You may not have realized it but closed captioning began all the way back in 1972. It became mandatory along with the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Originally intended to help those with hearing problems, a generation of TV ...
    by Published on 11-22-2017 11:40 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 ...
    by Published on 11-21-2017 04:53 PM




    We may compete with the biggest names in retail, but believe it or not Solid Signal is still a small business! We take care of you like only a small, dedicated group can, that that's the Solid Signal difference! We offer tech support, easy returns, and we have experts who can help you get the best home theater or commercial experience. Small Business Saturday is this week, and I hope you'll check out Solid Signal, where you'll find the best in satellite, antenna, cellular, and more!
    by Published on 11-21-2017 03:14 PM
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    2. Auto/Marine,
    3. Satellite



    If you have satellite TV on your boat you know that voltage matters. Boats generally have 12 volt DC current, but larger boats will have an AC inverter so you can plug in anything you want. Now, that's fine if you're staying in the US but hey... I'm speaking to you really wealthy folks out there. If you sail across the world then you're just as likely to have 220 or 240 volt current running through the vessel.

    Your average American doesn't see 220 volt power much except when connecting appliances, but it's the standard in much of the world. If you plug in a 110 volt device (as everything in the US is) into a 220 volt outlet, something's going poof or getting fried, sure as shooting. You can use a very expensive travel transformer to make sure you don't have that problem, but there's a better way -- make sure all the things you want to have on your vessel support multiple voltages.

    The key is looking on the power supply and seeing the rating. The picture above is from a DIRECTV HR24-500 and it shows the voltage input is between 100 and 240 volts, between 50 and 60 hertz. If you see that on everything you bring onboard, you'll have no problem. The print might be really small or really fine but it's always there. If you have a multivoltage power supply then all you need is the right cord.

    In the case of DIRECTV receivers, the HR24-200, HR24-500, H24-200, and H24-700 all have multivoltage power supplies. The HR24-100 and H24-100 do not. Some older receivers also have multivoltage power supplies.

    To plug one of these compatible receivers into a 220-240 volt outlet, you need the cord that's right for your country. Solid Signal doesn't carry them due to the high price of importation, but you can find them on ebay or amazon's localized site for the country where your boat was built. The side that plugs into a DIRECTV receiver is called a polarized C7 and using that search term will get you what you want. All power cords are just wires so any generic power cord that fits both sides will work.

    It's worth noting that technically it's against your warranty to use any cord but the one supplied by DIRECTV but if you have a multivoltage power supply the odds of having any sort of a problem are going to be pretty slim.

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