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    THROWBACK THURSDAY: The secret to HD Menus

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

    NICE AND EASY: Can you use PIP with recorded programming?

    Yes, one of the two programs can be recorded. Just start watching a read on

    Public interest group formally files a complaint against AT&T/DIRECTV

    Maybe this time the FCC's indifference and inaction will actually read on

    Ken Reid goes back to the disco days with Andy Kindler

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

    DON'T DO THIS: Mount a dish to the top of a tree

    Our new series "Don't do this" explores some of the stranger things read on

    SOUND OFF: How important is the remote?

    It's your chance to tell us what you think! When you're thinking read on

    DISH keeps adding to its streaming portfolio

    It looks like it's going to be one serious competitor. DISH has added read on

    TWC Caves (kinda) and puts the last 6 Dodgers home games on free TV

    It's been a long, cold, lonely summer for Los Angeles Dodgers fans. read on

    Non-Dingo (and FCC Chair) Tom Wheeler says nothing to Multichannel News

    While I was walking around the CTIA show floor, my friends at read on

    It could be called "DIRECTV Yaveo"

    Now I see. In a very uncharacteristic move last week, DIRECTV's Mike read on

    Solid Signal now sells MakerBot!

    The revolution in 3D printing is here! Click here to learn more! read on

    Could HBO make it without cable or satellite?

    Definitely. An article in Re/code says so. They quote a Barclays read on

    EDITORIAL: Home automation or just flat-out laziness?

    In our grandparents' day, only rich people had remote controls. Most read on

    Get back to school!

    Signal Pro Brandon is the newest member of our tech team and brings a read on

    IMPORTANT: If you use a SWM32 you also need a polarity locker.

    There are several reasons we don't recommend the SWM32 for home use. read on

    FUN FRIDAY: The world of today... from way back when

    Usually, when you see one of these articles, it's telling you how read on
    by Published on 09-17-2014 03:14 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first seven years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Back in March 2012, many people were just beginning to get DIRECTV's new HD graphical interface. Sure, the easiest way to identify it was that it was mostly black, where it used to be mostly blue. But there was so much more... better menus and better organization, and most importantly, super-sharp text. We went in detail, taking closeup pictures and comparing them:



    The idea was to explain why the text looked better at one resolution than another, and to let you deside whether or not you wanted to use DIRECTV's "Native mode" to get picture quality that could potentially be better than ever. It's still a good tutorial, even though the world isn't really that shaken up by HD as it was just a couple of years ago. If you want to read the whole article, it's right here.

    Now, when DIRECTV gets 4K menus....
    by Published on 09-17-2014 02:51 PM
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    Yes, one of the two programs can be recorded. Just start watching a recorded program as you normally do and then enable PIP as shown in this tutorial. The recorded program will go into the PIP window and you can watch live TV in the regular window. If you want to swap the programs, in other words make recorded TV big and live TV small, press the down arrow on the remote.

    At one point several years ago, this didn't work, but an update in the meantime must have quietly enabled it. I could see it being good for watching something recorded while waiting out a weather delay on a sporting event.
    by Published on 09-17-2014 11:27 AM
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    Maybe this time the FCC's indifference and inaction will actually work in our favor. A group calling themselves "Public Knowledge and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance" has filed a petition with the FCC claiming, among other things, that the merger of AT&T and DIRECTV is illegal, anticompetitive, ...
    by Published on 09-17-2014 10:46 AM
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    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 ...
    by Published on 09-16-2014 04:56 PM
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    Our new series "Don't do this" explores some of the stranger things our customers and friends have done. We're telling you about them so you won't make the same mistakes!


    So the other day...

    A customer asks how much the wind would affect reception if he mounted his satellite dish on the top of ...
    by Published on 09-16-2014 03:13 PM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Online/MobileTV




    Negative space means a shape formed by something wrapped around it, like the triangle in a capital "A". What does that have to do with technology? You'll have to listen to find out.


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    by Published on 09-16-2014 12:14 PM
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    It looks like it's going to be one serious competitor. DISH has added Scripps Networks to its streaming portfolio that already includes A&E Networks and Disney/ESPN. That's right, they can stream HGTV, A&E, Disney Channel, and a lot more. Of course we don't know what the new streaming service will cost, but at the very least this gives DISH something substantial to offer customers.

    DISH has been working hard this year to launch their streaming service, and industry insiders are mixed on its chances for success. There seems to be a feeling that regardless of the amount of content, DISH couldn't charge more than $20 to the customer. If they can manage to keep content costs low, they could hit that number, but what will it do to DISH's satellite viewership? DIRECTV's Mike White, when asked about his plans for a streaming service, expressed concerns that a streaming service would be a net loser since it would drive people away from higher-priced satellite-delivered television. Obviously the folks at DISH see things a little differently.

    When DISH and Verizon launch their streaming TV services, it could signal a major shift in the world of TV, but more likely than not that shift will include lower payments to content providers and that will lead to a bit of a thinning of the herd. Consumers today are not network-centric, they're content-centric. In other words, they want Mad Men but they don't care what else is on A&E. Streaming network content is probably a stopgap measure as we move toward a pure on-demand model where the 50 or so top shows are purchased a la carte for streaming or download and the rest of the television universe exists on a smaller and smaller number of "channels" which operate more like YouTube than like a traditional channel today.

    For those fans of press releases, enjoy the one you'll find here.
    by Published on 09-16-2014 11:34 AM
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    It's been a long, cold, lonely summer for Los Angeles Dodgers fans. Nearly every major carrier has decided they won't pay Time Warner Cable's exorbitant prices for Sportsnet LA, the channel that carries Dodgers baseball. This hasn't helped Time Warner Cable to retain net customers, and the only thing it's done is proven that you just ...
    by Published on 09-15-2014 04:16 PM
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    2. Data/Networks
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    While I was walking around the CTIA show floor, my friends at Multichannel News actually scored a real sitdown with FCC Chair Tom Wheeler, who had just finished his keynote speech. It's not that Mr. Wheeler is elusive, but let's be honest, the MCN folks have a little more cred than I do.

    Notice that I didn't ...
    by Published on 09-15-2014 03:19 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    Now I see. In a very uncharacteristic move last week, DIRECTV's Mike White actually revealed quite a bit while speaking at a Goldman Sachs financial conference. I didn't liveblog it, because these things are usually snorefests for those who don't live by acronyms like OPBDA and IBITDA, but the wily Mr. White (no not that ...

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