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2015 Predictions: The year in pay-TV

Should be interesting. 2015 may be remembered as the year of the two biggest mergers in pay-TV history, or it may just be remembered for one of them. Comcast is, of course, trying to absorb Time…

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Best practices when installing an antenna

So, you’re ready to install that outdoor antenna. (Although southern Michigan isn’t one of them, there are plenty of parts of the country where people get up on the roof safely in December.) Before you get…


2015 Predictions: The year in broadcast TV

The 2010s have not been kind to broadcast TV. Even though antennas are hotter than they’ve ever been, broadcast TV as a whole has continued on a disappointing spiral. The Primetime Emmy awards continue to reward…


What is a subnet mask?

Masks. We all wear them. But folks, this is The Solid Signal Blog. It’s not some sort of pop psychology seminar. We’re here to talk about subnet masks, what they are and why we use them….


2015 Predictions: The year of 4K?

It won’t be the year of 4K. There, see how much time I’ve saved you in reading this article? Well, I hope you continue reading anyway, since there’s a little bit more to the story. We’ve…


What is digital signage, anyway?

It’s a pretty fair question, and a term a lot of people haven’t heard. Digital signage is the biggest thing in business-to-customer advertising, and there’s no doubt you’ve seen it, but maybe you didn’t know what…


BREAKING: DISH adds Netflix to Hopper

This changes everything. Today, DISH becomes the first major pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix streaming into its products. According to a press release dated today, Hopper users will be able to access their Netflix content through the familiar…



Do you need a Slimline-5 Dish for tailgating?

Quick Answer: probably not. DIRECTV’s Slimline-5 dish is its most versatile dish, pulling broadcasts from DIRECTV’s four primary satellite locations. (The fifth location, 110 degrees, is no longer used for US operations.) It would seem to be…




Do You Need the Internet For DIRECTV’s Genie?

DIRECTV’s HR44 Genie DVRs are super-duper. But there’s a lot of misinformation as to whether you “need” to connect them to the internet. You’ll hear different answers on different blogs and even from different DIRECTV people. Let’s take…