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    by Published on 01-06-2018 12:22 PM
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    If you haven't seen Netflix's Bright, don't. Despite the presence of bankable stars like Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, it's a complete clunker from front to back. Netflix spent $90 million on making it, although for the life of me I can't figure out how. Certainly it wasn't on special effects. There's no possible way Netflix ...
    by Published on 01-05-2018 11:41 AM



    So, yeah, I'm decidedly mixed when it comes to my feelings toward Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. If you don't believe me, here's the proof: I wasted an hour of company time writing a review of it. But as has been stated on other sites, bad Star Wars is like bad pizza -- still better than having nothing.

    In that spirit, I present the following time-waster, in the form of the video above. If you were really building a Death Star, how would you do it? I mean you're building something in space that is so big that eventually its own gravity would stress it out. You have to be careful. Plus, you're probably transporting some really big pieces into the center of it and you need to be able to do that without big gaping holes in the outside. It's going to take some planning.

    The author of this video gives you one way it could have all gone down, which not only looks cool but seems to show some genuine engineering cred. Of course the laws of physics are a little different in the Star Wars universe, but I have a feeling this would still work.
    by Published on 01-04-2018 02:07 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, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    When the song 1999 hit the world in 1982,
    it had a very ...
    by Published on 12-30-2017 11:55 AM
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    I'm taking the reins from Buckler again since he put all his brain cells into writing a year in review piece. Last time I saw him he was in the back of the blog offices breathing into a paper bag. I think if I asked him to write Streaming Saturday, he might have to file a disability claim.

    What ...
    by Published on 12-29-2017 02:12 PM
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    This year in streaming was an exciting one! With so many developments, I want to share a bird’s eye view of streaming services in 2017.

    Streaming service providers were busy this year. With each company determined to be the best, it made 2017 a year of improvement and innovation. Solid Signal has watched it all with an interested eye. We’ve also taken not of what worked, what didn’t, and what were the biggest trends. The year in streaming includes: local TV affiliates, original content, and technological improvements… or the lack thereof. All this made for an interesting year in streaming. These trends will help to guide streaming providers in 2018.

    Without any further ado, here’s a bird’s eye view of this year’s highlights in streaming:

    Amazon Prime Streaming
    Amazon Prime Video didn’t have many announcements this year. What we did hear from the streaming service provider was good. For example, its end-of-year announcement to stream some shows in HDR10+ was big news. This new standard is far superior to HDR10. It's used with shows such as The Grand Tour, The Tick, and The Man in the High Castle. It’s expected to first rollout on Samsung smart TVs.

    Fans of Amazon Prime Video’s original content got some good news in April. The streaming service provider plans to spend $4.5 million for new streaming services. This is a bit less than Netflix’s $6 million budget. Amazon plans to acquire the rights to plenty of movies, TV shows, and live events. For example, it streamed 10 Thursday night National Football League games in 2017. Amazon will likely increase the number of live events in its catalog throughout the year.

    Editor's Note: Mr. Buckler, never a fan of the walled garden, failed to point out the biggest news: Prime Video finally came to the Apple TV. Now, if Google Play came as well, imagine how cool that would be.

    DIRECTV NOW

    AT&T ended 2017 announcing that DIRECTV NOW customers with Showtime will get Showtime Anytime. This provides on-demand ...
    by Published on 12-29-2017 10:59 AM
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    This old beige box may not have been the first device to use the term "Personal Computer" but it was the one that cemented the term "PC" in people's minds, a term we still use today almost 40 years later. However, you may not realize that for quite ...
    by Published on 12-28-2017 12:02 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, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    If you're setting up one of those new smart assistants ...

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