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    by Published on 12-02-2016 01:17 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Auto/Marine



    You want your phone to work. Everywhere. You're not about to give up being connected to the outside world just because you get on the water. If you're a marine enthusiast who stays within about 25 miles from the shore, you an get an easy solution that will let you stay connected even when your cell phone loses signal.

    It's this antenna from Wilson Electronics. It's completely marine ready, resistant to salt water and corrosion, and it works with most cellular boosters. It can give you up to 300% more signal, even down in the cabin.

    A cellular booster takes a weak signal from outside and makes it usable using a larger antenna and a strong indoor amplifier. This antenna will work with any cell booster using a 50-ohm connection to the outdoor amplifier, meaning it will work with most industrial quality boosters designed for RVs, like this SureCall Fusion2Go. If the cell booster has an N connector for the outdoor antenna, you're all set; if you have an FME connector like the SureCall booster does, an inexpensive adapter is all you need.

    There's no reason that you should miss out on a call, text or e-mail while out on the water. After all, you're there to enjoy yourself and it's a little easier knowing you can still stay in contact when you need to.
    by Published on 12-02-2016 10:58 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Satellite
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    Well... soon. If you're looking for the large number of international channels on DIRECTV, you might find that you need a dish like the one you see above. It's designed to pull in channels from DIRECTV's satellite at 95 degrees. There's some Spanish-language programming on the regular satellites ...
    by Published on 12-01-2016 01:56 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Satellite



    It's not just you. Many people have reported that their playlists are very slow to respond, or they get an empty list for up to five seconds on their DIRECTV DVRs.

    This seems to boil down to a series of updates pushed out by DIRECTV in the last month or so. Obviously, there's something cooking under the surface there, although it's anyone's guess what it is. DIRECTV updates the software on its devices about every three months, sometimes faster if there is a "showstopper" bug found.

    There isn't a whole lot you can do. Some people have reported that their DVRs are faster after rebooting twice in a row (reboot 2x within 30 minutes.) Some say that the problem goes away if you disconnect your DVR from the internet but obviously that's not a solution for the long term.

    My contacts deep in the DIRECTV community tell me that the issue has been identified and that a fix will make it into a future update. Usually that means only a month or so, sometimes less, before the issue gets fixed. If their customer care team gets a lot of complaints, the fix could potentially get rolled out sooner.

    So really the thing to do is sit and wait. That's not a lot of fun but that's what we're in for at this point. It's just a matter of sitting and being patient for a little while. I wish I had better news but... I don't.
    by Published on 11-30-2016 12:05 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Satellite
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    Some folk wisdom tells us that a cheap way to keep snow off your dish is to spray it thoroughly with a garden hose. In fact, this does sometimes work. Water from the hose is warmer than the outside temperature, so even if the water feels cold to the touch, it will melt snow falling on the dish.

    So, is this a good way to make sure that you can enjoy uninterrupted viewing in the winter months?
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    by Published on 11-30-2016 11:01 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    It's launch day for DIRECTV's long-anticipated streaming service and I'm just as excited as you are. DIRECTV and AT&T seek to deliver a high-quality viewing experience for cord-cutters with no contracts and no equipment to buy (other than your phone or streaming box which you probably already have.) It's exciting, I'll admit.

    There's only one problem: you'll be missing out on pretty much ...
    by Published on 11-28-2016 01:51 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Auto/Marine,
    3. Satellite
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    Well, let me first answer your obvious question. Obviously you would not want one satellite system to work in multiple countries, unless you're going to more than one country. While there's a little bit of RV'ing that goes on across the borders into Canada and Mexico, for the most part we're talking about yachts here.

    And before most of you check out, thinking you'll never have that kind of money, hang on... it's still a good article. I'm in a mood as I'm writing it so it's going to be a little prickly. Everyone likes it when I get a little prickly.
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    by Published on 11-28-2016 12:41 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Satellite



    Sometimes good ideas get forgotten. DIRECTV introduced Quicktune to its HD DVRs years ago, but like much of those early improvements, it never really got the kind of promotion it deserved. That's right, this has been on your DVR all the time, and here's how it works.

    If you're like most people you watch about nine channels all the time. Sure, you'll browse the guide from time to time but most folks can pick nine favorites. Take out the major networks -- you know what channel they're on -- and imagine if your nine favorite national channels were just a button push away.

    Just press the up arrow on your remote and you'll see an empty menu of channels just ready for you to fill it. Press the Enter Button to add the channel you're watching to that list and you'll see its icon appear. The next time you want to tune to that channel, press the up arrow, arrow over to the channel you want and press SELECT. It's really simple!

    You can pick any nine channels and you can change them anytime. While most of DIRECTV's improvements are really tied to the DVR experience, this one is more designed for live TV. If it's 8:00 and you want to watch Cupcake Wars, you don't need to remember the channel number or surf through thousands of channels to find it. Put the Food Network in your QuickTune and go there fast!

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