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    Why does DIRECTV call their Genie 2 Server an "HS17?"

    It's the top of the line. DIRECTV's Genie 2 gives you capabilities read on

    DISH ends CBS Blackout

    What a relief. According to the shortest press release ever, DISH and read on

    THE GREAT DEBATE: SWM-enabled dish or external SWM?

    Updated for 2017! Ah, the eternal struggle. Is it better to have an read on

    What's wrong with cables with molded ends?

    You hear us saying it over and over again: If you're hooking up cable read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: When we finally all realized AT&T/DIRECTV was gonna happen

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

    Thanksgiving is...

    Dear friends, Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to read on

    Saddle up -- Big DIRECTV free preview of nearly all premium channels!

    How much room is left on your DVR? It's time to give it a workout read on

    Will a TV in the office distract your workers?

    At Solid Signal HQ, it won't surprise you to know that there are read on

    Is closed captioning obsolete?

    It's been with you most (or all) of your life. You may not have read on

    BACK IN BLACK: Ken Reid welcomes Michael Ian Black, uh, Back

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

    BREAKING: DISH Blacks out CBS Affiliates

    It's really happening. DISH has blacked out 28 local CBS and CW read on

    Does a more expensive phone mean better service?

    One of the real problems with today's cell phones is, surprisingly read on

    Don't forget Small Business Saturday on November 25th!

    We may compete with the biggest names in retail, but believe it or read on

    Which DIRECTV receivers can be used with 220-240 volt power?

    If you have satellite TV on your boat you know that voltage matters. read on

    Hot Deals for the Week of November 20, 2017

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

    Get to know "Tuner Math" - 2017/2018 edition

    Updated for Winter 2018! It's more confusing than ever. When read on
    by Published on 11-24-2017 10:25 AM
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    It's the top of the line. DIRECTV's Genie 2 gives you capabilities you never thought a DVR would have. Cover up to 7 rooms and get rid of wires and boxes that you never really understood anyway. It even gives you live 4K programming in up to 2 rooms.

    But as glamorous as it is, DIRECTV refers to it by a ...
    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 ...

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