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    by Published on 08-22-2014 02:26 PM
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    Click here for part one of this article series.

    The world of DIRECTV changed in the summer of 2006 when DIRECTV released its first HD DVR developed in-house. DIRECTV had used TiVo hardware and software, and for the most part people were happy, but there was a big learning curve if you were accustomed to DIRECTV's regular receivers, which had all used the same software since 2003. DIRECTV cut its teeth on the R15 standard definition DVR, and although it wasn't well ...
    by Published on 08-22-2014 10:49 AM
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    Olson out, Swain in. DISH is making changes at the top level that could have a major impact on the company. Executive Vice President and CFO Robert Olson is leaving the company (the term "retire" is being used although Mr. Olson looks a bit young for that) and his position will be taken by senior programming VP Steve Swain. No word on who will be taking Mr. Swain's place in the critical programming slot.

    We know that DISH has great ambitions for ...
    by Published on 08-21-2014 05:35 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first seven years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Gosh oh golly... it can't be that long ago that 3D TV was cool, could it? 3D TV has to qualify as the biggest dud of the last five years (a fact that must be of some comfort to the folks at Blackberry) but there was a time when everyone was talking about this new technology and TV makers just couldn't wait to roll out 3D-capable TVs.

    Back in 2010, we didn't want to get left behind either, and our Solid Signal TV team put together a 3-part series on 3D TV. The internet never forgets, so let's take a look as our own "Mr. Signal" tells you all about the top tech of 2010...

    by Published on 08-21-2014 02:06 PM
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    It all began fourteen years ago. The DVR was an incredibly new concept at the time and DIRECTV was one of the first pay-TV providers to offer one. While DIRECTV's DVRs are smooth, slick and powerful today, that wasn't always the case. In this three-part series we'll look at DIRECTV's DVR efforts throughout the 2000s and 2010s until the present day and we'll see the twists and turns along the way.

    Before 2003, DIRECTV did not offer their own hardware. Most DIRECTV ...
    by Published on 08-20-2014 05:29 PM
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    This is why we say, If you have SWM in your home, use SWM in your RV. Changing from a SWM to a non-SWM setup should be easy, but in truth it can be a real pain. Even if you've started with the steps in our White Paper, uou may find yourself with problems. If you are changing from a SWM to a non-SWM dish and you get error 775 or 776, that's a sure sign that the change didn't take. Those codes are only used for SWM dishes.

    It may not make sense, but what usually works is to set the Multiswitch type first and then go through the whole process. Then, if you need to reset the dish type, you can go through the process again. That's the way to go if you're having problems. We're not sure why but there's something about the combination of setting both dish type and Multiswitch type at the same time that can sometimes get your receiver confused. You can also disconnect the satellite cable completely and that sometimes works.

    Here's why it's so hard... The folks at DIRECTV never really understood why someone would change from SWM to non-SWM, since in their minds it's a step backwards. So, the way the receiver looks at it, it really tries to detect a SWM signal and if it comes up with anything that even slightly resembles one, it automatically changes the multiswitch type back to SWM. It works great if you're going from non-SWM to SWM, but if you're going the other way it can be kind of frustrating.

    If all fails, you can "reset everything" by pressing {MENU} then going to Settings&Help, Settings, Reset, Reset Everything. This really does mean "Reset Everything," including wiping out all your presets, your favorites and even programming on your DVR, so be careful Sometimes, though it's the only thing you can do to get a stubborn receiver to listen.
    by Published on 08-18-2014 12:52 PM
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    Think a second... when did you put that dish up on the roof? Was it last year? The year before that? Longer? Think for a second, who was President at the time?

    Both DIRECTV and DISH have had very stable product selections for the last several years, meaning that dish on your roof could ...
    by Published on 08-18-2014 11:26 AM
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    You've probably seen the commercials... so you know that DIRECTV has over 10,000 on demand choices. You may not know what you need to do in order to get them, so here's a quick guide.

    Do you have the right equipment? In order to use on demand content you need a DIRECTV HD DVR or Genie. If you can record HD programming, you have most of what you need. You may need a separate device ...
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