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    THE STUFF THAT MAKES YOUR STUFF WORK: Heat Sink

    This series explores the little mandatory bits inside the technology read on

    Happy Independence Day from The Solid Signal Blog

    Rather than talking about satellite TV today, The Solid Signal Blog read on

    IT'S NOT JUST YOU: The tuner in your new TV probably isn't as good as the old one.

    Good news is, there's something you can do about it. First, the read on

    Our offices are open today!

    I hope that all of our Solid Signal blog faithful are enjoying a day read on

    Will fireworks mess up your TV or satellite reception?

    Believe it or not they could, at least for a very short time. But read on

    Ken Reid is LIVE from Comic-Con... sorta

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

    FUN FRIDAY: Tech Toys of the past

    Whether you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s or your kids did, you're read on

    Sometimes an amplifier's not the answer.

    Just last week, I ran into two cases where I really, really wanted to read on

    NICE AND EASY: Don't use an A/B switch with satellite TV

    Don't do it. It may seem like a smart idea to put an A/B switcher in read on

    OPINION: Apple vs. Android, 2015

    Image courtesy GSMNation. So here it is 2015, and both of the read on

    HDBaseT - the answer to so many problems

    Send your HD signals everywhere. Well not everywhere, but everywhere read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Inside the Tailgater

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on

    AT&T/DIRECTV Merger gets DOJ Approval (supposedly)

    One step closer to a done deal. Although everyone expected the read on

    Ken Reid goes between the KGB and Fawlty Towers

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

    Which is better for RV'ing... antenna or satellite?

    Well, of course it depends on how much you spend. Most people don't read on

    Best of the Blog 2015, Volume 1

    We are now the top retailer-sponsored tech blog on the web but it read on
    by Published on 07-05-2015 10:18 AM
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    This series explores the little mandatory bits inside the technology we take for granted.

    There are two things you need to know about your electronic devices that will explain a lot of their behavior.


    1. Heat is a natural byproduct of inefficient designs.
    2. It's very expensive to create an efficient design.


    Let me try to ...
    by Published on 07-04-2015 01:23 PM
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    Rather than talking about satellite TV today, The Solid Signal Blog presents the text of one of the most revered documents in the history of democracy. You may have not read it for a while... take some time now. There are a few parts that don't really hold up, "Indian savages" and whatnot, but on balance it's pretty impressive.

    IN CONGRESS, July
    ...
    by Published on 07-04-2015 10:44 AM
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    2. TV Antennas
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    Good news is, there's something you can do about it. First, the problem: You've just upgraded your living room from a 40" to a 60" screen. Maybe this is your first big upgrade since you went HD in the mid-2000s. After all, a 60" TV costs practically nothing today, so why not?

    You get everything ...
    by Published on 07-03-2015 04:34 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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    Believe it or not they could, at least for a very short time. But only under very specific circumstances. Here are some specific ways that fireworks could cause problems while they're actually occurring:

    Shaking your mast. If the antenna or dish isn't tightly mounted on a mast, or if the mast ...
    by Published on 07-03-2015 12:08 PM


    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.


    I'm Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I've been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, and MSN. I own every issue of TV Guide. Each week a guest chooses an issue at random, picks their viewing choices from that week and the show is our discussion of the tough viewing choices of our past. We get into stories about growing up, people's relationship with television, some cultural/media studies dissection and I spit out a lot of trivia.


    In a special episode...


    TV Guidance Counselor LIVE! at Northeast Comic Con: Jeff Kline and Julie McCullough
    by Published on 07-03-2015 11:23 AM
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    Whether you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s or your kids did, you're sure to have some fond memories of the toys that passed for technological wonders back then. You'll find them at a photo essay on Dose (warning, the site plays music) showing 27 memorable toys of the period. ...
    by Published on 07-03-2015 08:27 AM



    I hope that all of our Solid Signal blog faithful are enjoying a day off today, or if you're not, that you at least had an easy ride into work. The Solid Signal offices and warehouse are open today, so take a few minutes to look at all the cool stuff you know you want!

    If you're spending the day away from work, have a hot dog or hamburger and enjoy one of the most quintessential rights we have as Americans... go celebrate!

    Thanks,

    your Solid Signal Blog team
    by Published on 07-02-2015 12:35 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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    Just last week, I ran into two cases where I really, really wanted to sell an amplifier but I just couldn't. In fact, I would have loved to buy one of these Winegard LNA-100s for myself. It's just that, sometimes an amplifier isn't the answer, and there's nothing much you can do to change that.

    ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 11:40 AM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Data/Networks,
    5. Online/MobileTV
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    Send your HD signals everywhere. Well not everywhere, but everywhere within about 300 feet. HDBaseT makes it easy. It's always been a bit of a drag getting HD where you wanted it. Component cables were expensive and HDMI has always had a serious distance limitation (it was designed that way.) But what if I ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 11:21 AM


    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    When you get to about page 352 of our blog, you'll find a bunch of articles from our relaunch in early 2012. The blog was dormant throughout most of 2010 and 2011, a victim of the recession I suppose. We came back with a vengeance, publishing close to 5,000 articles since then with the help of a diverse and knowledgeable blog team.

    Back then we were all getting our feet wet and it was a big "win" for us when we published this teardown video of DISH's then-new self-aiming dish. The Tailgater is still available at Solid Signal, and so this video is still a lot of fun to watch. Enjoy!




    It's been about nine months since DISH announced Tailgater, the portable, self-aiming satellite system. Since that time, there have been several reviews. It's easy to set up and easy to use... but did you ever wonder what's going on inside that plastic shell?

    Watch the entire video for an exclusive look at the robot underpinnings of the Tailgater



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