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    by Published on 04-28-2017 05:15 PM
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    It was one of the best things about having DIRECTV, back in the late 2000s. It was the DIRECTV AM21 antenna module, and it connected to DIRECTV receivers giving you up to 50 channels of over-the-air TV right in your guide. You could watch, rewind and record antenna TV just like it was satellite TV.

    DIRECTV no longer sells the AM21, and used ones on eBay fetch a pretty penny. ...
    by Published on 04-28-2017 04:26 PM
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    DIRECTV's first logo from 1994

    The future is not far off. Sometime in 2019, the last satellite operational at DIRECTV's 119-degree orbital location will be shut off, and at roughly the same time, DIRECTV will stop broadcasting in standard definition. At least that's what they say, although there are some concerns that haven't ...
    by Published on 04-28-2017 10:58 AM
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    DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH) will host a conference call at noon Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, May 1, 2017, to discuss its first quarter results. To attend the call, please use the information below for dial-in access. When prompted on dial-in, please utilize the conference ID and ask for the "DISH Network Q1 2017 Earnings Conference Call."

    Participant conference numbers: (888) 394-8218 (U.S.) and (719) 457-1036, Conference ID: 8074221

    A webcast replay will be available on DISH's Investor Relations website the day of the call from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET.

    DISH will distribute a financial results news release prior to the call. It will be posted to the Investor Relations website at DISH Network - Investor Relations - 1.888.825.2557.
    by Published on 04-27-2017 03:32 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.

    Seriously. Back in 2012, we talked about DISH's sponsorship of Pac-12 Networks and the fact that DIRECTV still wasn't jumping on this station. Fast forward ...
    by Published on 04-27-2017 02:20 PM
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    Image found on the internet.

    There's a new SWM in town... and it's beginning to filter out to larger DIRECTV installations. It's called the DSWM30, and while it's not available at Solid Signal yet, it soon will be.

    The DSWM30 is the replacement for the SWM-16 and SWM-32. Technically it could be thought of as a replacement for a ...
    by Published on 04-27-2017 10:46 AM
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    Don't know why it took so long... but 26 communities that have been without programming from Hearst-owned TV stations on DISH finally have it back. This caps off a two-month-long blackout of Hearst stations on DISH.

    DISH tends to "go long" when it comes to channel blackouts and this is not the first time we've seen them black out a large number of stations for a long time. The strategy seems to work for them, though, since they have managed to keep customer prices lower than competitors. Unfortunately those low prices have not necessarily translated to growth, as DISH's customer base actually shrinks during most quarters.

    We'll hear more about DISH's financials in the coming days, but for today, this is great news for DISH customers, who have been suffering long enough.
    by Published on 04-26-2017 10:53 AM
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    You don't often reboot your DIRECTV box... but when you do you always see a blue screen with white letters saying "Running receiver self check." It can take up to 20 seconds for that screen to go away, while you stare and fret and worry that the DVR that holds hundreds of hours of programming is going do disappear. And then the screen gives way to another one, and everything is fine.

    The first thing you need to know is that this receiver self-check is perfectly normal. By itself, it's not a sign that anything is wrong with your DIRECTV box. It's part of the regular startup process.

    Remember that a DIRECTV satellite receiver or DVR is basically just a computer. When you boot up your regular PC, or even a tablet or phone, it does some simple hardware checks to make sure everything is just where the device thinks it should be. The processor, the memory, the input and output ports are all checked. That's what's happening here. In addition, the hard drive is checked for errors (yes, if you're a Linux person, it is actually running a fsck) and if there are minor errors they're identified and dealt with. Again, this is perfectly normal and every hard drive develops these minor hiccups from time to time and these corrections help things work better.

    If there really was a hardware or hard drive problem, it would be noted on screen immediately and you would be told to call DIRECTV for service and given a code. If the hard drive is damaged, the receiver will try to recover it, a process which can take several hours and sometimes results in a loss of programming. This is very rare.

    Bottom line folks, this is a normal part of the DIRECTV experience and not something you should worry about.
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