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    by Published on 03-27-2015 10:51 AM
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    It's time for another free preview from DIRECTV... This time it's the entire Starz/Encore Super Pack that's available for you, completely free, for three whole days. It's already started, so if you have the DIRECTV app on your phone get some of those great recordings queued up.

    You'll get a lot of entertainment from Starz and Encore, including 8 HD channels and a ...
    by Published on 03-27-2015 10:16 AM
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    There are a lot of reasons to choose a remote. Maybe it feels right in your hand, or maybe it seems familiar. Maybe you like the brand name. Maybe it matches the drapes. Whatever the reason, you have options.

    Most people do opt for the standard DIRECTV remote because it's so capable. You have the choice of the old-fashioned ...
    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 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.
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