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    by Published on 07-22-2016 01:13 PM
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    BOSTON – A bitter split between NBC and WHDHTV is expected to happen at the end of the year. This leaves many Boston cord-cutters unsure of whether they’ll get NBC in 2017.

    It’s been widely reported that NBC plans to shift its affiliation from WHDHTV in Boston, to WNEU in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The change is anticipated to take place this December. ...
    by Published on 07-22-2016 09:24 AM
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    You've probably already bumped into this story in the last few days. The last company still making VHS VCRs is about to stop making them. This brings to an end the 45-year history of VHS VCRs, which were once so common in houses that it was odd to see a home without one. At my peak, I owned four of them. And now, starting very soon, no one will be ...
    by Published on 07-21-2016 12:48 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Satellite

    Small business owners are squeezed from every direction. If you're just trying to run an honest restaurant, tire store, whatever... you need to cut costs everywhere you can without ruining your customers' experiences.

    So, you might be tempted to bring a receiver in from home, put up a dish, and voila, DIRECTV for your business. Except, it won't work for long.

    There's no technical limitation to this, it's all policy. DIRECTV doesn't let you use residential receivers or residential service in a business, and that's because they have to pay the content providers more for commercial accounts. Any time the TV is in a public area, they have to pay royalties. If they don't, they could get sued.

    And let me say, they take that very seriously. They literally have people roaming around from place to place looking for people who are doing this. Their "Fraud Squad" will find you, and they'll come in guns blazing. I'm talking cease and desist orders, potential lawsuits, anything they can to make sure you stop doing what you're doing. It would kill their long-term relationships with vendors and they're not going to let that happen. They would gladly throw you and your small business under the bus rather than ruin a billion-dollar business relationship. When you look at it that way, can you blame them?

    The good news is that there are DIRECTV packages for every budget for commercial customers. If you have a small public area, it's not going to cost you anywhere near what you think it will, so it's better to just get on the right side of this. The folks at Signal Connect, our business arm, are happy to explain all the advantages and disadvantages of this whole process to you, just give them a call at 866.726.4182!
    by Published on 07-21-2016 12:21 PM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    It was a different time. A time before sizable data plans, a time before streaming on your phone, a time before Vines. It was a simpler time, ...
    by Published on 07-21-2016 11:18 AM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    DISH has struggled with mixed results over the years, and this one is no different. The good news: revenues are up, mostly due to higher prices and customers taking more expensive packages. On the other hand, even counting its Sling TV customers, DISH lost about 281,000 subscribers in the last quarter.

    What does this mean? It probably doesn't mean much other than DISH's stock will probably rise modestly ...
    by Published on 07-20-2016 10:50 AM
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    Cord-cutters… we all know who they are. But what about the “cord-nevers?” Who is this new, emerging demographic born to cut the cord? We've talked about them for years, actually, starting when the term was coined back in 2013.

    So who or what is a cord-never? Well, like the name sounds, these folks basically are those who’ve never had a cable or cord to ...
    by Published on 07-20-2016 09:27 AM
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    2. Satellite

    Yes, it's that time again. Funny how quarterly conference calls seem to come around... about once a quarter. Tomorrow, we'll have some idea how DISH did in the second quarter of 2016, the period that ended July 1. As usual, there will be a public conference call, and as usual I probably won't be listening in since all the good stuff will be revealed hours before and I don't expect any controversy to erupt. It makes you miss the old days of DIRECTV conference calls that could turn into real barn burners.

    As per usual, here's DISH's press release on the subject:

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) will host a conference call at noon Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, July 21, 2016, to discuss its second quarter results. The dial-in numbers are (800) 616-6729 (U.S.) and (763) 488-9145, conference ID number 49819108.

    A webcast replay will be available on DISH's Investor Relations website the day of the call from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET. DISH will distribute a financial results news release prior to the call. It will be posted to the Investor Relations website at DISH Network - Investor Relations - 1.888.825.2557.
    If you happen to listen in, leave a comment below or in tomorrow's financial results post to tell us what you learned!

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