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    by Published on 09-30-2016 12:24 PM
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    Look, I don't enjoy this any more than you do. Once a quarter, I beg, I plead, I cajole, and I know there are some of you who still haven't grounded your antennas. Trust me when I tell you this is the best thing you can do and not doing it is just a one-way ticket to burning your house down. ...
    by Published on 09-28-2016 12:31 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Yes, absolutely. Most DIRECTV installations today use the SWM system which lets you move your equipment easily. If you don't know if you're using the SWM system, press the {DASH} button on your remote (to the left of the zero) and you'll see a display like this one on the screen:



    If it says "SWiM Connected," then you are.

    At that point it's a matter of finding the splitter that feeds your DVR now and running a line to another room. Use good-quality RG6 cable and avoid cable from home stores as it's not always suitable for satellite use even when it says it is. Take off the little terminator cap from one of the ports on the splitter and run your new line. If you're disconnecting a line, add a terminator cap. If you don't have a spare, it's ok to get those at the local home store.

    If all the lines on your splitter are taken up, you can get a new one at Solid Signal. Not every splitter will work so always get the DIRECTV-approved ones. You can replace a smaller splitter with a larger one, or run one line from a splitter into another splitter. Just don't go overboard.

    Pretty much the only limitation here is that you shouldn't run cables that are too long. I've put together a little tutorial that explains how far you can run cables without it being a problem. For most people it just doesn't end up being a problem but if you have a large home or a lot of receivers you might have to plan ahead.
    by Published on 09-28-2016 12:05 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Not yet. (As of fall 2016.)

    If you need a separate dish for your international programming package, you won't be able to combine it with the new 4K dish from DIRECTV. It's a little difficult to explain but let's try.

    First of all, the 4K dish from DIRECTV is SWM-only, meaning that a single wire comes out from the dish and goes straight to the receivers. With the current international setup, you have two dishes -- the international dish supplies one line and the regular dish supplies four -- and it all goes into a multiswitch. There's no way to do that if the regular dish supplies only one line. And before you ask, you can't just split the line in four and put those four lines into a multiswitch.

    Then, let's talk about that multiswitch. Today's multiswitches have six inputs. There will eventually be a 4K dish that supplies more than one line, but instead of supplying four lines, it will supply six. All six lines will be needed for the new 4K channels DIRECTV will be launching. So if one dish is taking up six inputs, that doesn't leave a lot of space for an international dish. You'd need a multiswitch with seven inputs.

    And yes, there will be a new multiswitch designed especially for 4K, but the prototypes only have six inputs. It's not clear how DIRECTV will let you combine the international dish... except they will.

    Some insiders at DIRECTV have described a scheme where line #6 from the 4K dish gets combined with line #1 from the international dish, and this will allow for both to be used as long as only one 4K channel is used at once. Right now, today's Genies only allow one 4K stream anyway, so technically this could work in the meantime.

    Over the long term, there will be a good solution to this issue, but it's hard to know what it is. When it does come... I'll tell you all about it!
    by Published on 09-28-2016 10:40 AM
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    Seems like RG6 cable is everywhere. It's used on satellite TV, over-the-air antennas, cell boosters... it's the one cable that can pretty much do it all. You'll even find it in some home audio setups. But it wasn't always so. There was a time when satellite TV didn't even exist, when TV antennas used flat lead ...
    by Published on 09-27-2016 12:15 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    I think DIRECTV's mix channels are awesome. They do special ones for most major events as well as dedicated channels for NFL, MLB and others. Over the years they've turned into very solidly performing ways to watch several games as once without having several TVs.

    You'll find DIRECTV's Sports Mix on channel 205. Here ...
    by Published on 09-26-2016 12:31 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Well, not really, but sort of.

    If you want to fall asleep in front of the TV, you'll probably want to use your TV's sleep timer instead. However, you can save a little energy by making sure the Power Saving mode of your DIRECTV receiver or DVR is on. Follow these steps:

    • Press {MENU}.
    • Arrow down to "Settings" and press {SELECT}
    • Arrow over so "Settings&Help" is highlighted and press {SELECT}.
    • Arrow down to "Power Saving" and press {SELECT}.


    If Power Saving is set to "on" then your receiver or DVR will power down after 4 hours with no remote presses. You'll get a message on screen the next time it powers back up, saying it was in power saving mode, but since your DVR will record just fine in power saving mode, there's no reason to be worried.
    by Published on 09-26-2016 10:42 AM
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    2. TV Antennas
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    Yes, I understand that to some people it may seem like a silly question. But when you realize that most of us who move into an older house have an antenna on the roof that was there when we moved in... you might wonder. Most people do leave large antennas mounted to their roofs and so it's worth talking about ...

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