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    FINALLY IN STOCK: SWM-13 LNB

    It seems like so long ago that we first showed you the SWM-13 LNB. read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: When 3DTV wasn't dead

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

    Use a TV antenna for cellular? it could work...

    Technically it is possible to use a UHF antenna for a cell booster. read on

    Simple math: use a splitter, and you're cutting the signal level

    Why shouldn't you use a splitter? Because there's no such thing as a read on

    DISH vs. Sinclair: Dirty Pool UPDATED: Deal reached

    So, Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the perennial bad boys featured read on

    Is there still a chance for Pac-12 on DIRECTV this year?

    It would be pretty irresponsible to get your hopes up... with college read on

    Problems with a Genie Client or smart TV? Try changing the cables

    If you've recently been living with Genie problems such as the read on

    Does Ken Reid know the muffin man?

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

    DIRECTV-Ready TV or external client: The facts, 2015 edition

    DIRECTV is on a mission. They seem to want every major TV maker to read on

    TIP: Mark and Delete

    Here's a quick tip for today, if you're a DIRECTV DVR user: Have you read on

    TIP: The fastest way to change channels with your DIRECTV receiver or DVR

    Let's put this right out there: DIRECTV doesn't have the fastest read on

    Can you paint an antenna?

    Maybe, probably, but why would you? Personally, I would not paint an read on

    Missing the color buttons on your old remote? Here's how you deal with that

    All new products from DIRECTV now ship with the RC7-series Genie read on

    Windows 10, a month or so in

    Ah, my ever-evolving feelings on Windows 10. It's one thing to test read on

    Did you know Solid Signal carries commercial equipment?

    We're not just about cheap remotes and DIRECTV receivers. Solid read on

    Hot Deals for the Week of August 24, 2015

    Take a look... these deals can't be beat! read on
    by Published on 08-27-2015 03:45 PM
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    It seems like so long ago that we first showed you the SWM-13 LNB. This simple replacement for any Slimline-3 LNB gives you the ability to run 13 tuners from a single line without any external multiswitch. And how it's finally here at Solid Signal.

    This is the easiest upgrade I ever did for DIRECTV. If you have a current SWM-enabled dish, you literally disconnect one and connect the other, and bingo you have five more tuners.

    If you are thinking about doing something like this, you should definitely jump on this right away because we can't guarantee that we'll have this stock forever. There are a lot of auction sites selling LNBs that "fell off trucks" and supply lines are tightening. Trust me, you need to act.
    by Published on 08-27-2015 03:00 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    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.

    Three years ago... that's all it was but it seems like so long. Back in the summer of 2012, this blog was paddling against a tide of companies and bloggers trying to tell you that 3D television was the wave ...
    by Published on 08-27-2015 02:32 PM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    Technically it is possible to use a UHF antenna for a cell booster. Cellular telephones use frequencies just above those used for UHF television, and it's possible that even though a TV antenna wasn't designed for it, it could pick up some of those frequencies.

    Let's back up a little bit and explain a bit about broadcasting. ...
    by Published on 08-27-2015 01:57 PM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite



    Why shouldn't you use a splitter? Because there's no such thing as a free lunch. Or, if you're into physics, remember that Leibniz proved that the amount of energy in a system remains constant.

    What does that mean for you? It means that if you split your antenna signal using a 1x2 splitter, each TV gets a signal half as strong. If you use a 1x8 splitter, each TV gets a signal only 12.5% as strong as the original. Because you can't split a signal without losing something.

    Oh yes you can use an amplifier to make up for losses, and that can help to an extent. And it helps too that it's not all as bad as it sounds to lose half the signal, which is why we measure signal in things like "dB" which give you a better idea of what you're losing. It sounds a lot better to say that you've lost 12dB of signal than to say that 87.5% of the signal you had before the signal is now gone.

    And that's the whole point when I say that you shouldn't use big splitter if you don't have to. Even though amplifiers help, they also hurt (which is a topic for another day.) The best thing to do is to keep as much signal as possible without needlessly splitting it. That's how you get the best result.

    There's no getting away from this simple fact either. If you think that you're better off with a 1x8 splitter than with two 1x4s and a 1x2, you're mostly mistaken. You're probably a little better off because each one of those components have what's called "insertion loss" meaning that you lose some signal just by connecting them, but it's not a whole lot.

    The bottom line here folks is that a little bit of planning can make a big difference. Rather than simply tacking another splitter on, replace small splitters with large ones, or even better try to figure out if you really need that large splitter. Plan accordingly and you'll always find that you'll get the best possible quality from your antenna, dish, or cell repeater.
    by Published on 08-26-2015 03:43 PM
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    It would be pretty irresponsible to get your hopes up... with college football right around the corner you're not likely to see the Pac-12 network on DIRECTV this year. While it's true that they're on U-Verse, and in fact U-Verse is the biggest pay-TV system that carries Pac-12, it's not likely that you'll see any change ...
    by Published on 08-26-2015 02:34 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    If you've recently been living with Genie problems such as the dreaded DIRECTV Error 54 (MoCA test error) you know it can be very frustrating. It seems like everything works fine sometimes and sometimes your Genie Mini Client or smart TV just doesn't work. You may have tried changing DECA adapters, and perhaps ...
    by Published on 08-26-2015 12:51 PM
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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, ...
    by Published on 08-26-2015 12:01 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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    So, Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the perennial bad boys featured on this blog, got a little worse last night. We're not the first to report it so you probably know that the largest channel blackout in history started last night when Sinclair demanded DISH stop carrying 129 stations in 79 markets. I have a couple of questions here.
    ...
    by Published on 08-25-2015 04:05 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    DIRECTV is on a mission. They seem to want every major TV maker to include a DIRECTV-ready system in their televisions. I get it, that cuts down on the need to make client boxes. So far, almost every 2015 Sony, Samsung, and LG smart TV are ready for DIRECTV with no client box needed. Should you try to avoid paying $99 ...
    by Published on 08-25-2015 03:49 PM
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    2. TV Antennas



    When something unexpected happened in the world of newspapers, they said, "man bites dog.' In this case, prepare to be amazed -- the government did something right!

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