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    Why does a DIRECTV receiver get slower over time?

    After all, it's not like they have gears that get stuck. A DIRECTV read on

    NICE AND EASY: Are there "Easter Eggs" hidden in DIRECTV receivers?

    If there are, I've never seen them in 13 years. You know what I'm read on

    NICE AND EASY: What's the difference between the red button and the record button on a DIRECTV remote?

    The DIRECTV remote has a red button and an orange (R) button. You read on

    What is that plus sign in the DIRECTV guide?

    Yeah, that plus sign. The one in that little triangle that you see read on

    NICE AND EASY: Will a 4G/LTE booster also help with voice coverage?

    OK here's an easy one. When you buy a cell booster, you want to get read on

    OPINION: Why do TVs sound so bad?

    Because TVs sound like the speakers are made from tinfoil. My $2,000 read on

    DIRECTV in your car?

    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip! There's an read on

    REVEALED: Why you can't have more than 1 4K stream at a time

    It's not just one reason, it's every reason. There isn't a lot of read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Circus People

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

    Canít Find What Youíre Looking For? Let Solid Signal Help!

    Are you not finding what youíre looking for on SolidSignal.com? If read on

    How can you tell a high-quality antenna?

    Well, to some extent the brand name will give you a clue. When you're read on

    IS IT POSSIBLE? An antenna that works better WITHOUT an amplifier?

    It's more than possible. I've talked before about how an antenna read on

    What's the deal with splitters from Prime Electronics?

    Is one of these splitters a ripoff? At the bottom is a splitter with read on

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Bigger is better

    In FOOD FOR THOUGHT we'll take a look at the things we take for read on

    Ken Reid gets a Tick

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

    What's the strangest place you can get DIRECTV service?

    When they say "DIRECTV Everywhere..." Sure, everyone knows you can read on
    by Published on 05-28-2016 04:59 PM
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    After all, it's not like they have gears that get stuck.

    A DIRECTV receiver or DVR is basically a computer. In fact, they run a specialized version of Linux, the same operating system that runs the majority of web servers. That's good, because it makes it possible for a programmer ...
    by Published on 05-28-2016 04:45 PM



    If there are, I've never seen them in 13 years. You know what I'm talking about - often times there are hidden key combinations in software that reveal special information, tell you about the authors, or give you some superpower. I will say, I know there are certain searches that you can do that enable or disable functions, like CLEARMYBOX, but I wouldn't call them "easter eggs." When I think of an Easter Egg, I think of something that doesn't really add functionality but gives geeks a reason to smile.

    Like, imagine if there were a secret code that let you play Pong on your DIRECTV receiver. Stuff like that.

    The truth of it is, DIRECTV's simply too straightforward a company to engage in that sort of thing. It's just too risky to put some sort of humorous thing into the software that's going to be in 50 million DVRs. It's not something people are expecting, and so when they see it, it's going to be the cause of some long calls to support. DIRECTV doesn't want that, of course, since support time costs money.

    At one time, there actually was one Easter Egg, but I just checked and it's long since gone. Back when on demand first rolled out, and I want to say this was about 2008, if you searched for an on demand clip called "Balls of Fire" it played Never Gonna Give You Up. And that's what you get for searching, I suppose.
    by Published on 05-27-2016 04:04 PM



    So the first thing is, there is such a thing as Shanghai Disneyland. Which, I didn't even know that. Apparently it opens in about 3 weeks. And it looks uh-maaaa-zing.

    I found this video of someone riding the Tron Lightcycle roller coaster and I just have to ask, why did we not ever do that here? I know the original Tron wasn't a hit initially, but for a geeky kid like me it was uber-awesome. I probably watched it almost as many times as Star Trek II. Disney tried to build it into a franchise with 2010's Tron:Legacy which again, I personally liked but not enough people did. (What is wrong with you people!)

    So yeah, when I say all that I guess I understand why Disney didn't want to commit real estate to a ride based on a movie that wasn't an out-and-out hit. I mean, Universal Studios built a huge attraction around Waterworld which is a movie most millennials probably don't even know. If you remember it at all, you probably remember what utter crap it was. So Disney didn't want to do that.

    But seriously, here's a movie that just begs for a ride to be built around it, right? If you don't believe me, watch the video.
    by Published on 05-27-2016 03:40 PM
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    The DIRECTV remote has a red button and an orange (R) button. You probably figured out in the first week you had DIRECTV service that the red button doesn't record, even though, well, pretty much every other remote in the known galaxy uses the red button to record. But that's the way it's going to be, so that's the way it's going to be.

    The red button is a leftover from the days when DIRECTV remotes had colored buttons. Colored buttons were, and still are, a big part of European TV. The thought was clearly that they would be here, too. So, DIRECTV receivers in the mid-2000s had red, green, yellow, and blue buttons. The yellow, green, and blue button functions have been taken over by other buttons, but the red button became very popular for its use in DIRECTV's scoreguide. So, when the time came to revamp the remote, to make it easier and get rid of unused and confusing buttons, the other colors left but red managed to stay.

    It does take a little getting used to, but it helps that the (R) image on the record button is the same graphic you'll see on a program that's set to record. It helps it get reinforced in your mind.
    by Published on 05-27-2016 02:43 PM
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    Yeah, that plus sign. The one in that little triangle that you see next to the channel name. Did you ever wonder what they're trying to tell you there?

    The plus sign is actually kind of vague. It means, "there's extra content here." Most often, that extra content is an on-demand program listing. Sometimes, it's more than that. It can mean that there are ...
    by Published on 05-27-2016 11:46 AM
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    OK here's an easy one. When you buy a cell booster, you want to get all the signals boosted, at least usually. Sometimes you can opt for a voice-only booster to save money, but as prices continue to fall it doesn't make sense to choose something that's not going to give you 100% of the coverage you need.

    There are still a few data-only boosters around but they're disappearing fast. If you're looking at new cell boosters, you can feel confident that if they say 4G/LTE they also boost voice. Simple as that.

    Shop with confidence!
    by Published on 05-26-2016 01:53 PM
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    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip!

    There's an interesting piece today in The Washington Post about the possibility of live DIRECTV programming in your car. Upon reading it, I immediately thought three things, and it might be fun, I figured, to share them with you my Solid Signal Blog faithful.

    That has to ...
    by Published on 05-26-2016 01:04 PM
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    Because TVs sound like the speakers are made from tinfoil.

    My $2,000 TV sounds terrible. My $300 TV sounds even worse. It's kind of ridiculous. I shouldn't need a whole home theater system just so I can watch TV in the bedroom without it sounding like my favorite characters sound like they're on the other side of a tunnel. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2016 12:49 PM

    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.

    Cards on the table, I'm not much of a circus lover. But I do love old technology and at some point old circuses become interesting because they represent an interesting mix of what was modern and unique about the moment they existed, at the same time calling back to a much earlier time when parents were children and experienced circuses for themselves. It's an interesting dynamic.



    There's an interesting photo essay over at Flashbak showing the way the circus looked back in the 1950s. It's an amazing testament on several levels, not just it's a historical document, but clearly some time and effort went into restoring these prints so that they could be shared digitally.

    Still doesn't make me like clowns, but I'm impressed nonetheless.
    by Published on 05-26-2016 12:01 PM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets,
    3. Cell Phones,
    4. TV Antennas,
    5. Satellite,
    6. Data/Networks
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    Are you not finding what youíre looking for on SolidSignal.com? If so, donít worry. Roughly seven of the top 10 searches at Solid Signal are for products that donít exist!

    So how do customers like you end up searching for ...

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