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    by Published on 03-26-2015 05:17 PM
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    The first satellite transmissions were 100% free. When Telstar, the first communications satellite to carry television signals, went live in 1962, there was nothing else like it. All it took was a very large antenna and anyone could get TV signals from space. Of course, it was a little harder than that at first -- you would have to build your own dish, your own receiver, ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 03:01 PM
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    You do, actually... and the good news: you already have it. You might realize that Wi-Fi is a form of radio broadcasting, and so are cell phones, cordless phones, and even some remote controls. Radio broadcasting is tightly regulated, and not only do the radio stations themselves ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 12:44 PM
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    DIRECTV's wireless Genie Mini Client solves a lot of problems. You can be up to 50 feet from a coaxial cable with five walls between you and the signal remains nice and strong. That's enough to cover most homes, but let's suppose for a second that you're one of those lucky folks with a three-story, ...
    by Published on 03-26-2015 10:24 AM
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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.

    Once upon a time, DIRECTV released the very first SWM multiswitch, the SWM-5. It's not that it was a bad thing, but it never really made a dent in the market because it was ...
    by Published on 03-25-2015 12:41 PM
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    Blame the lawyers.

    As much as you would love to be able to offer instant replay or recorded materials to the patrons in your bar, restaurant, or waiting room, you can't. DIRECTV has to negotiate special contracts with content providers for commercial spaces like yours, and that means no recording, no replaying, no DVRs of any kind. It's because you have a public space, and for a public space, that means you're technically putting on a public exhibition. You know this disclaimer that's at the beginning of every disc or tape?



    This is what they mean by "public performance." When you invite the general public into your place of business and turn on the TV, that's technically a public performance. You have to negotiate a special right for it, or actually to put it a better way, the content providers have the right to force you to negotiate. It's all part of copyright law, and copyright law favors large businesses over small ones in this country, that's just the way it is.

    It's also the reason you pay so much for NFL Sunday Ticket and other sports packages compared to what people pay at home. You're paying for each person who could potentially be standing in your bar watching, because the copyright laws say that the NFL can make you do it.

    At some point DIRECTV will probably have some new technology that allows you to use a Genie without recording, because the Genie products are so popular that there's every reason to put them in commercial environments, but it's hard to know when that will be.
    by Published on 03-25-2015 12:09 PM
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    Here's one short article.

    You can connect up to 8 clients to your Genie. It doesn't matter whether they are wired or wireless, but you can't connect more than 8. However Only 3 can be active at any one time. If you try to use a fourth one you won't be able to use live TV or even watch recorded.

    This may not be a problem for a large home where people don't spend time in every room, but if you're looking for the ability to tune to 8 shows at the same time (for example for a man cave) or if your four kids all like to watch TV in their rooms (I know, what is this, 1976?) then you need to be thinking of other options.

    Adding H25 receivers is a good way to give you some backup for live TV watching, but you can still only stream three things from your Genie. Another option is using a tablet or smartphone and DIRECTV on demand to get that same recorded content. That route also gives you over 100 channels of live TV as well.

    DIRECTV folks are asked every year if customers can use more than one Genie DVR in the house and so far the answer has been no. There isn't really a hardware limitation but it's a matter of re-engineering the software to make it customer-friendly. With two Genies in the home, they compete for the ability to connect to clients and there can be all sorts of chaos. Maybe at some point this will be fixed.
    by Published on 03-25-2015 11:45 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, ...
    by Published on 03-25-2015 10:07 AM
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    You need to do this even if you did it last year.Baseball season is upon us and for the second year in a row, DIRECTV is offering a free subscription to MLB.TV for customers who purchase the MLB Extra Innings package. It's a great benefit because it gives you every game and every feed ...
    by Published on 03-24-2015 04:13 PM
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    Plugs? Who needs plugs? Don't worry about losing power to those portable electronics you love so much. This Wagan Foldable Solar Charger will charge any device that connects via USB, even iPads and other 2.1 amp devices. It doesn't even have to be light out for you to use it. The secret ...
    by Published on 03-24-2015 03:00 PM
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    For about the last five years, doctors have tried to extol the virtues of the standing desk, claiming that sitting is just plain bad for you. If you haven't heard all about this, I'm a little surprised, because the internet is filled with infographics like this one courtesy of Neatorama, which makes sitting seem like the silent killer:
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    by Published on 03-24-2015 01:27 PM
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