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    MEMORIAL DAY: A Time to Remember

    You stand today in a free society. This is the sort of country where read on

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

    What's the best alternative to GenieGO?

    For about 5 years DIRECTV sold a product called GenieGO. It never read on

    A/V INSTALLERS: Looking to get into satellite TV installs?

    Satellite TV continues to be one of the more common home theater read on

    NICE AND EASY: Change the TV input using your Genie Remote

    The answer has been staring you in the face this whole time. If you read on

    Tired of seeing duplicate channels on your DIRECTV Guide? Hide them!

    When you get your DIRECTV receiver set up, you will sometimes see the 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

    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

    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?

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    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 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

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Circus People

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on
    by Published on 05-30-2016 12:30 PM
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    For about 5 years DIRECTV sold a product called GenieGO. It never really lived up to its potential, but if you liked what it did, it was great. Quite simply, it put DIRECTV programs from your DVR right onto your phone or tablet, so you could play them without paying for data. There were some limitations but it was great for travelers ...
    by Published on 05-30-2016 11:52 AM
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    Satellite TV continues to be one of the more common home theater upgrades out there, but home theater installers often think they have to call DIRECTV for the installation. It's just not true - if you have the tools and the knowhow, you can install a satellite TV system yourself quickly and easily.

    The key is having ...
    by Published on 05-30-2016 10:06 AM



    You stand today in a free society.
    This is the sort of country where people are free to blog about consumer electronics or anything else they want. You're free to walk across the street, free to pursue happiness, free to live your life under clear blue skies. We're even free to criticize our leaders or those who want to be our leaders without fear of retribution.

    Those freedoms didn't come free.

    Today, we pause to think about the millions of Americans who fought all over the world to make sure that you can check your facebook status without being afraid of the black boot of tyranny. Many of them didn't make it back home. They gave up their chance to have a long life full of family and friends so that you could have those things.

    Take one day a year -- even better, take every day -- and think about the sacrifices that have been made for you. Thank a veteran who made it home, and visit your local war memorial and think about the names you'll find on that statue.
    by Published on 05-29-2016 05:42 PM
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    The answer has been staring you in the face this whole time. If you need to change the input on your DIRECTV Ready TV, or if you just don't want to drag out the TV remote, press and hold the {ENTER} button (to the right of the zero) for about two seconds to bring up the menu to change your TV's input. It doesn't work on 100% of TVs but it works on most, and on some you can just press the {ENTER} button again to change to the next available input.

    At that point, you'll have to switch to the remote for whatever device you want to control, but at least you're one step closer.
    by Published on 05-29-2016 05:32 PM
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    When you get your DIRECTV receiver set up, you will sometimes see the same channel in the guide up to four times. Four times? There's the HD version, the SD version, and if you have an antenna hooked up you might also see the HD and SD versions of the antenna feed. It can get a little confusing and frustrating.
    ...
    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.

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