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    THROWBACK THURSDAY: TV in a Tank

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

    Our list of diagnostic codes... now in PDF form!

    You asked for it... Our comprehensive list of DIRECTV error codes, read on

    Real freedom from cable TV could actually be coming

    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip! That is, if we read on

    Ken Reid interviews Downton Abbey (no, that's not right)

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

    Which is better, white cable or black cable?

    Unless your cable is designed for a special purpose, you generally read on

    Can a flat antenna really get better reception lying down?

    Sometimes... yes. When we tested the generation 1 HD-BLADE last year, read on

    Hot Deals for the Week of October 27, 2014

    Take a look... these deals can't be beat! read on

    NBA League Pass free trial today through 11/4

    It's that time again... Basketball season is getting underway and read on

    WHAT, THE BLOG'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU? Get even more tips on DIRECTV Channel 1

    So, 4,000 tutorials, and dozens of videos don't satisfy your need for read on

    WARNING: Do not try to get a better deal by saying "cancel service"

    You've probably heard this tip... supposedly you can get better deals read on

    EDITORIAL: Phonepocalypse

    What you see above was Apple's first mobile device, the Newton. It read on

    BREAKING: AT&T/DIRECTV deal on hold

    Hold on a minute. The FCC has decided to put a temporary halt to both read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Our long national nightmare

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

    How can a clear antenna work as well as a regular one?

    Our new clear HD-BLADE antennas are a big hit, but that leads to one read on

    Ken Reid and the lonesome death of Charles Rocket

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

    What is JPEG?

    Chances are you've never sat down to think about it, have you? You read on
    by Published on 10-30-2014 12:14 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.

    The state of warfare has advanced, for better or worse, since the 1950s, when Mechanix Illustrated predicted ...
    by Published on 10-30-2014 11:57 AM
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    2. Satellite



    You asked for it... Our comprehensive list of DIRECTV error codes, compiled from secret documents, computer files, and technician experiences, is now available as a downloadable PDF! It works great on a tablet or printed out, so why not download it now and keep a copy handy for when you're offline?

    Check out our updated list of error codes in PDF format!
    by Published on 10-29-2014 02:52 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    Thanks to Signal Labs member Bill Van for this tip!

    That is, if we believe that the FCC can do anything right. Several outlets today report that noted non-Dingo and FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has unveiled an ambitious plan that could level the playing field between traditional cable TV companies and so-called "over-the-top" ...
    by Published on 10-29-2014 10:58 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 ...
    by Published on 10-28-2014 12:23 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite



    Unless your cable is designed for a special purpose, you generally have a choice of two colors: white and black. It seems for years that black cable was really the only choice but sometime in the 1990s white cable crept in, possibly to blend better with white walls when installers didn't take the time to properly fish cables.

    You have your choice of white or black when you shop for cables at Solid Signal, but which should you choose? That really depends on you. In most cases, it makes no difference at all. It's just your choice of what looks better in your installation. If you live in an area where there is a lot of strong sunlight, white cables may weather a little better in the long run, as black cables absorb a bit more heat. Unless you're in the desert, though, it's going to take years before those cables oxidize to the point where it's a problem.

    It's worth mentioning that aside from black and white, we also carry orange cables which are designed for burial purposes. There are other colors of cables available for special order, for example if you're wiring a large building, but we've found that most customers will avoid the extra cost of these cables and just label them properly or use a cable toner to locate cables quickly and easily.
    by Published on 10-28-2014 11:29 AM
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    2. Cell Phones

    Step 1: Choose the right booster for your needs
    Step 2: Choose an inside expansion kit (if needed)
    Step 3: Choose an outside expansion kit (if needed)

    Inside expansion kits give your booster extra reach by putting antennas where you need them to be. You can hook several antennas to a single booster, but it makes each antenna a little less effective. Only one kit can be added to each booster without professional installation, and each kit ...

    by Published on 10-27-2014 11:23 AM
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    2. Satellite



    It's that time again... Basketball season is getting underway and DIRECTV wants you to know that just it's the sports leader on the courts! There's only one way to get every out of market basketball game, and it's DIRECTV League Pass. You'll get up to 40 games a week so you'll never miss your favorite team no matter where they are playing!

    League Pass is free for everyone through next Monday on Channels 750-768 on DIRECTV. It's a chance to see what's out there and really immerse yourself in the world of basketball. DIRECTV has posted the schedule here, and if you are interested in ordering League Pass, call us at 866.726.4182 and we'll make it happen!
    by Published on 10-26-2014 04:02 PM
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    2. Satellite



    So, 4,000 tutorials, and dozens of videos don't satisfy your need for content, there's another source open 24/7 and it's as close as your TV. You probably haven't tuned to channel 1 since you got DIRECTV service installed (and maybe even not then.) But you know, once you get past the strange fact that it's 100% standard definition, you'll find there's a lot of stuff there you might not know (unless, as I'm sure you are, you're a devoted blog reader.)

    From the point of view of you, my faithful DIRECTV experts, there might be something to learn, but it's even better if you are just starting out with DIRECTV. Here's what I do, and I recommend all of you do the same... when a friend calls you up with a DIRECTV problem (come on, I'm not the only person this happens to) you tell him you'll come over and share a beverage of your choice, and in the mean time you have him tune to channel one and check out The Solid Signal Blog on his smartphone. There's every possibility that by the time you get there, you'll find that he's actually solved the problem and then that just leaves social time with you and your friend. That's much better than time spent rewiring someone else's house.

    And you know, personally I spent about half an hour watching the channel while I was preparing this story, and no, I didn't find out something new, but I thought it was entertaining and well presented. Now they just need to do it in high definition.
    by Published on 10-25-2014 04:46 PM
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    2. TV Antennas
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    Sometimes... yes. When we tested the generation 1 HD-BLADE last year, we found quite surprisingly that it did some of its best work lying down. In fact, it did pretty darn well with a cat sitting on it. That flies in the face of most logic, but results are results.

    For the most part, ...

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