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    by Published on 06-28-2017 11:00 AM
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    Just keeps getting better. DIRECTV NOW is turning into the only live streaming service you'll need. Latecomers like YouTube TV and Hulu are really beginning to fall behind.

    After adding a lot of local channels as well as Fox channels in nearly every market recently, AT&T announced recently that their DIRECTV NOW customers have access to 20,000 on demand titles, a number that rivals not only the satellite-delivered product but also beats the on demand selection of other cable companies.

    It's possible that Hulu has a larger on-demand selection but their recent app redesign, which many have called disastrous, has left users struggling to find content. I personally tried to browse Hulu just yesterday and couldn't find many of the films I had seen just a few months ago. Some wouldn't show up in a search meaning they'd probably been removed, but others did show up in a search, meaning that they were there and the app just wasn't showing them to me in any reasonable way.

    That's why when it comes to live streaming, I prefer DIRECTV NOW. I know that the interface will help me get to the programming I want, not just the 6 things that the company wants to show me. Don't get me wrong, I like Hulu and YouTube but they don't have the kind of experience that AT&T has in providing live television and they're clearly still figuring it out.

    While they do, enjoy the over 100 channels of live TV and 20,000 on demand programs on DIRECTV NOW. You'll be glad you did.
    by Published on 06-27-2017 10:07 AM
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    Because not everyone has unlimited data. It's funny how the balance seems to shift in the world of cell phone and tablet viewing. Of course in the 2000s no one had enough bandwidth to stream. That's why solutions like GenieGO were invented - to give you the ability to take programs with you. Then things shifted and people ...
    by Published on 06-15-2017 10:29 AM
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    It's actually not the first cell to reach that price. For years, a company called Vertu has been selling gold-plated luxury phones that cost as much as $10,000 and come with free concierge service. Now that's a smart phone. But it's also a ridiculous price to pay.

    But what about $1,000?

    Five years ago no one would have paid that much for ...
    by Published on 06-14-2017 11:07 AM
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    How much do you pay for internet? Providers certainly make it hard for you to know. You might be paying for a bundle that includes landline phone and TV, which probably costs about $120 a month after fees and taxes. Then there's your cell phone, which probably gets more use as a data device than as a voice one. A typical family with ...
    by Published on 06-08-2017 02:52 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    5G is coming. We all know this. It's still a while off, but it's actually far more interesting than 4G, ...
    by Published on 06-08-2017 11:55 AM
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    Yes, you can, within reason. You probably can't activate that old flip phone, but if you have a phone in a drawer made in the last ten years, it should at least work for calls on the network it was designed for. You probably won't get much by way of internet, but let's be honest, you didn't get much by way of internet with that old phone when you used it.

    If you think you're going to use a phone in the future, it's worth getting it "unlocked." Unlocking involves changing the phone's software so it could work with any network that its chips and radios can support. This will open up a lot of options. Generally there is a small fee to do this and some cell phone repair places will do it.

    Even if a phone is not unlocked, you can generally reactivate it easily. With AT&T and other carriers that use SIM cards, it's really just a matter of a new card. With Verizon and carriers that don't need SIM cards, it's a little more complex but not much.

    So, keep that old phone or sell it to someone else who wants it... it's still going to be good.
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