October 2016

Is all DIRECTV equipment refurbished?

Definitely not… although it might seem like it. About ten years ago, DIRECTV adopted a lease model for all its receivers and DVRs. Before that, you went to your local electronics store or satellite dealer and…



OPINION: DIRECTV by any other name?

At some point, I suppose it could happen. The DIRECTV name could go away, in favor of “AT&T Entertainment.” I was pretty confident a year ago that the DIRECTV name would survive in the short term, and…


NICE AND EASY: Explain what a DECA is?

It’s confusing. You hear this all the time with DIRECTV folks, “DECA this, DECA that, DECA DECA DECA.” We’ve tried to make it easy with our Guide to Coax Networking, and a few years ago I made…


DIRECTV adds Estrella TV nationally

Who says DIRECTV isn’t adding HD channels? OK, so maybe they’re not adding the ones you want… but just today DIRECTV turned on Estrella TV for those who have the En Español package. It’s on channel 442. It’s…




Coax Cable Compression Tools

Have you ever wanted to cut, strip, and compress your RG59 and RG6 coax cables? If you’re an installer or serious do-it-yourselfer, Solid Signal has the coax cable kit you need. Cutting, stripping, and compressing coax…




What is the Red Zone Channel?

What if you can’t watch every game at the same time? See, most of us have a dilemma when it comes to Sunday football. We may have enough TVs to watch three or four games at…