November 2017

What is “DIRECTV 7S?”

One of our trainees asked me the other day, “what is DIRECTV 7S?” and it’s a good question, because it’s not a term that most of the DIRECT faithful, even the more tech-oriented, tend to use….

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Specialty antennas? Solid Signal has them

Yes, this is an antenna. I know it looks like a broken umbrella in the picture, but it’s an antenna. It’s probably not one you’d need but trust me, it’s an antenna. This particular antenna is optimized…


STREAMING SATURDAY: Yes Netflix is slipping

I’ve taken the reins of our “Streaming Saturday” series because while Jake Buckler, that rebel without a cause, does ok, I think last week’s article was pretty weak sauce. Last week he asked, “Is Netflix slipping?” and I…




FUN FRIDAY: The sad state of banks

There’s a building near our West Coast Operations Center that used to be a bank. Not just any bank, but one of those serious banks that used to dominate small town America. It was the “first…



DISH ends CBS Blackout

What a relief. According to the shortest press release ever, DISH and CBS have kissed and made up. I mean seriously, this is what DISH wrote: ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– DISH Network L.L.C. has reached a multi-year…







Is closed captioning obsolete?

It’s been with you most (or all) of your life. You may not have realized it but closed captioning began all the way back in 1972. It became mandatory along with the Americans with Disabilities Act…