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    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 11-23-2017 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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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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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 11-22-2017 12:40 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Online/MobileTV
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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 11-21-2017 03:14 PM
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    2. Auto/Marine,
    3. Satellite



    If you have satellite TV on your boat you know that voltage matters. Boats generally have 12 volt DC current, but larger boats will have an AC inverter so you can plug in anything you want. Now, that's fine if you're staying in the US but hey... I'm speaking to you really wealthy folks out there. If you sail across the world then you're just as likely to have 220 or 240 volt current running through the vessel.

    Your average American doesn't see 220 volt power much except when connecting appliances, but it's the standard in much of the world. If you plug in a 110 volt device (as everything in the US is) into a 220 volt outlet, something's going poof or getting fried, sure as shooting. You can use a very expensive travel transformer to make sure you don't have that problem, but there's a better way -- make sure all the things you want to have on your vessel support multiple voltages.

    The key is looking on the power supply and seeing the rating. The picture above is from a DIRECTV HR24-500 and it shows the voltage input is between 100 and 240 volts, between 50 and 60 hertz. If you see that on everything you bring onboard, you'll have no problem. The print might be really small or really fine but it's always there. If you have a multivoltage power supply then all you need is the right cord.

    In the case of DIRECTV receivers, the HR24-200, HR24-500, H24-200, and H24-700 all have multivoltage power supplies. The HR24-100 and H24-100 do not. Some older receivers also have multivoltage power supplies.

    To plug one of these compatible receivers into a 220-240 volt outlet, you need the cord that's right for your country. Solid Signal doesn't carry them due to the high price of importation, but you can find them on ebay or amazon's localized site for the country where your boat was built. The side that plugs into a DIRECTV receiver is called a polarized C7 and using that search term will get you what you want. All power cords are just wires so any generic power cord that fits both sides will work.

    It's worth noting that technically it's against your warranty to use any cord but the one supplied by DIRECTV but if you have a multivoltage power supply the odds of having any sort of a problem are going to be pretty slim.
    by Published on 11-20-2017 12:23 PM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    One of the real problems with today's cell phones is, surprisingly they're not as good at taking voice calls as older phones. In fact, this AT&T flip phone performs as well or better than any $1,000 phone and you can find it for under $50. Sure, it doesn't do ...
    by Published on 11-20-2017 12:21 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    Updated for Winter 2018!

    It's more confusing than ever. When you're planning your home viewing, you may be considering putting DIRECTV in every room. There's a little more to it than just running a cable. You need to be using the right satellite dish and you need to understand how DIRECTV thinks about your home system.

    You might think of the number of black boxes in the house, but DIRECTV thinks in terms of "tuners." In DIRECTV parlance, ...

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