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    Cord-Cutting 101: 4K With Today’s TV Antennas?

    Can you get 4K reception with today’s TV antennas? As with most read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Restoring the future

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    Is it really important which antenna you choose?

    Here's the dirty little secret: sometimes it isn't. It's important read on

    How can you use headphones with a DIRECTV receiver?

    Late night. Sleeping spouse. What do you do if you want to watch a read on

    How important is it that you leave your installation nice and clean?

    Let's all pause for a moment while the more anal retentive members of read on

    Almost all local football is available for free over-the-air. Is that enough for you?

    Hallelujah, it's almost here. NFL football starts again in this great read on

    How is it legal to encrypt satellite television?

    You might have heard it said... that the electromagnetic spectrum, read on

    Is Ken Reid still crushing on Madonna?

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

    SOUND OFF: Do you really want to stream programming from home?

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    Is your data safe?

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    Cord-Cutters: Know Your Football Options

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    Hot Deals for the Week of August 22, 2016

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    Do you really need a gigantic antenna?

    This is one huge antenna. Our HD8200XL clocks in at over 11 feet long read on

    Back-to-School With Solid Signal

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    September is National Cookout Month

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    Time for a new roof? Think about your satellite and antenna

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    by Published on 08-25-2016 03:21 PM
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    Can you get 4K reception with today’s TV antennas? As with most things in life, the answer is yes and no.

    As a cord-cutter, you’ve probably already heard about 4K or Ultra HD programming. Someone told you that it offers four times the resolution and picture quality as traditional HD. It delivers this quality due to a superiority ...
    by Published on 08-25-2016 01:01 PM


    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    It's a 50-year-old chunk of wood that doesn't fly and can't even stand up by itself. For a while it was considered garbage. Now it's in the Smithsonian. I'm talking about the original large-scale model of the USS Enterprise from the original Star Trek. It's been lovingly preserved as it originally appeared in the late second season of the show, and the whole thing's been documented in this Vimeo video:



    They really went to town here with computer modeling, color-matching, and from what it looks like, they only used actual techniques that existed in the 1960s. The result is undeniably authentic.

    The model is in the Udvar-Hazy building in Washington along with a lot of really more significant actual flying machines, but as you see in the video it gets a lot of attention. That's because a whole generation of scientists called Star Trek their inspiration, and although I'm no scientist, I did too.
    by Published on 08-25-2016 12:36 PM
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    Here's the dirty little secret: sometimes it isn't. It's important that you choose an antenna that's powerful enough for your needs, but once you get to that point, more power isn't going to help you. That's why our professional antenna technicians sometimes recommend two different antennas for the same situation. There are actually times where ...
    by Published on 08-25-2016 09:48 AM
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    Late night. Sleeping spouse. What do you do if you want to watch a little TV? I'll admit, DIRECTV doesn't make it easy. They've never had headphone jacks on their receivers, so in most cases your best hope is a headphone jack on your A/V receiver or television. Of course, wired headphones are a little bit of a drag, but ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 12:28 PM
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    Hallelujah, it's almost here. NFL football starts again in this great nation of ours on September 5. The best news is that most NFL action can be found on local broadcast CBS, NBC or Fox stations. This is great for cord cutters because local channels don't cost anything once you put up an antenna. Of course, you'll miss games on ESPN if you're a cord-cutter, ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 12:17 PM
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    You might have heard it said... that the electromagnetic spectrum, the thing that encompasses all radio and TV broadcasting, is a public trust. It belongs to everyone, like the national parks, and it's intended to be used to benefit the public. That's why you can put up an antenna and get free TV, and why your car can pick up free ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 12:12 PM
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    Let's all pause for a moment while the more anal retentive members of the crowd admire the lovely order of these cables. I took this photo myself at DIRECTV's Los Angeles Broadcast Center. This is a facility with easily 50,000 wires and cables and each is beautifully wrapped and labeled. It's a fair bet your home doesn't look like ...
    by Published on 08-24-2016 10:35 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 08-23-2016 02:39 PM
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    This is the one meter you drool over. The Televes H60 is a spectrum analyzer par excellence, with the ability to read and understand most forms of cable and satellite signals. It's the meter of choice for the really serious installer.

    Who would use such a meter? Installers of COM2000 headend systems rely on the H60 because it's one meter that will answer almost any signal question. I'll tell you, if I could have one meter and no other, I'd pick this one. There's practically nothing it won't measure. Heck, the thing probably can tell you how many kernels are in a jar of popcorn.

    The H60 is available only by special order at Solid Signal. For a quote, call us at 877.312.4547.
    by Published on 08-23-2016 12:33 PM
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    How safe is your most important data? Most of us have pretty much given up, knowing that no matter what we do our personal information will be in the hands of three dozen agencies every time we buy something. It's practically impossible to be "off the grid" now; even if you're paid in cash and pay for everything in cash there's still the government to contend with.

    It's not ...

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