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    by Published on 10-30-2014 11:57 AM
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    You asked for it... Our comprehensive list of DIRECTV error codes, compiled from secret documents, computer files, and technician experiences, is now available as a downloadable PDF! It works great on a tablet or printed out, so why not download it now and keep a copy handy for when you're offline?

    Check out our updated list of error codes in PDF format!
    by Published on 10-28-2014 12:23 PM
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    Unless your cable is designed for a special purpose, you generally have a choice of two colors: white and black. It seems for years that black cable was really the only choice but sometime in the 1990s white cable crept in, possibly to blend better with white walls when installers didn't take the time to properly fish cables.

    You have your choice of white or black when you shop for cables at Solid Signal, but which should you choose? That really depends on you. In most cases, it makes no difference at all. It's just your choice of what looks better in your installation. If you live in an area where there is a lot of strong sunlight, white cables may weather a little better in the long run, as black cables absorb a bit more heat. Unless you're in the desert, though, it's going to take years before those cables oxidize to the point where it's a problem.

    It's worth mentioning that aside from black and white, we also carry orange cables which are designed for burial purposes. There are other colors of cables available for special order, for example if you're wiring a large building, but we've found that most customers will avoid the extra cost of these cables and just label them properly or use a cable toner to locate cables quickly and easily.
    by Published on 10-28-2014 11:29 AM
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    Step 1: Choose the right booster for your needs
    Step 2: Choose an inside expansion kit (if needed)
    Step 3: Choose an outside expansion kit (if needed)

    Inside expansion kits give your booster extra reach by putting antennas where you need them to be. You can hook several antennas to a single booster, but it makes each antenna a little less effective. Only one kit can be added to each booster without professional installation, and each kit ...

    by Published on 10-26-2014 04:02 PM
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    So, 4,000 tutorials, and dozens of videos don't satisfy your need for content, there's another source open 24/7 and it's as close as your TV. You probably haven't tuned to channel 1 since you got DIRECTV service installed (and maybe even not then.) But you know, once you get past the strange fact that it's 100% standard definition, you'll find there's a lot of stuff there you might not know (unless, as I'm sure you are, you're a devoted blog reader.)

    From the point of view of you, my faithful DIRECTV experts, there might be something to learn, but it's even better if you are just starting out with DIRECTV. Here's what I do, and I recommend all of you do the same... when a friend calls you up with a DIRECTV problem (come on, I'm not the only person this happens to) you tell him you'll come over and share a beverage of your choice, and in the mean time you have him tune to channel one and check out The Solid Signal Blog on his smartphone. There's every possibility that by the time you get there, you'll find that he's actually solved the problem and then that just leaves social time with you and your friend. That's much better than time spent rewiring someone else's house.

    And you know, personally I spent about half an hour watching the channel while I was preparing this story, and no, I didn't find out something new, but I thought it was entertaining and well presented. Now they just need to do it in high definition.
    by Published on 10-25-2014 04:46 PM
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    Sometimes... yes. When we tested the generation 1 HD-BLADE last year, we found quite surprisingly that it did some of its best work lying down. In fact, it did pretty darn well with a cat sitting on it. That flies in the face of most logic, but results are results.

    For the most part, ...
    by Published on 10-24-2014 03:45 PM
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    2. Satellite



    You've probably heard this tip... supposedly you can get better deals by calling DIRECTV and saying "cancel service" at the first prompt. Yes, it's true, this used to work quite well. However, a few years ago DIRECTV got wise and changed their retention policies. If you say "cancel service" at the prompt, you had better be ready to cancel service, because you'll be taken straight to a representative who will be prepared to tell you if there's an outstanding balance on your bill, if there's a fee for disconnecting, and they'll be happy to wish you well.

    It's not that DIRECTV doesn't want your business. They just got wise to the scam... call it the old story of "the boy who cried wolf." This tip circulated around the internet so many times that it lost all its validity.

    What can you do if you want discounts on your bill? The best thing to do is refer a friend. You can get up to $100 off your bill by referring ten people to DIRECTV, and they'll happily give you that discount. Give your friend your DIRECTV account number and the name on your account and you'll get that discount automatically. It's that easy!
    by Published on 10-22-2014 04:41 PM
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    Our new clear HD-BLADE antennas are a big hit, but that leads to one common question: How do the antennas work if they're clear? Actually, the better question to ask is probably how they work if they aren't clear! Looking at a clear antenna, you can see the metal parts that ...

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