January 2017

New AIM meter firmware available

If you have an AIM meter, you know the importance of keeping it current. Unfortunately, since these meters are intended just for DIRECTV installers, firmware can be hard to get. As a public service, we keep…


Channel Scan: What I Didn’t Tell You

By now, you know that my first cord-cutting experience was a success. But there’s something I didn’t tell you about my first TV antenna channel scan. Hey, it’s Jake again. I hope you enjoyed joining me…


We’re off to CES 2017!

We don’t have a bus or a couple million dollars in gear to back, but we’re on our way! The Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES, starts officially tomorrow and we’re going to be there…




Cord-Cutting is Easy and Fun

You don’t have to be a technological genius to cut the cord. It’s not hard to assemble a TV antenna, attach it to a TV, then run a channel scan. When it comes to any kind…


Will we see DIRECTV at this year’s CES?

We’re mere hours away from the opening of the 2017 Consumer Electronics show. The whole blog team is packing up and getting ready to head down to Las Vegas, where temperatures are expected to be a…



DIRECTV forced to black out stations in 33 markets

If you’re in one of the cities with a Hearst-owned local station, you probably don’t need me to tell you that you’ve lost that station. DIRECTV’s contract negotiations with Hearst Television didn’t get wrapped up by…


What does wire gauge actually mean?

As a professional you probably understand wire gauge. You may be able to imagine what a 16 gauge wire looks like, and you know that as the number goes up, the size goes down. Did you…


Happy New Year From The Solid Signal Blog

It’s going to be a great one… and I can tell you that big changes are coming to your favorite consumer electronics web site. I can’t tell you what they are but you’re going to find…