November 2017

REAL-WORLD TESTING: Cell phone booster cases

It’s only recently that people have started to ask me about supposed “cell phone booster cases” that claim to improve cell reception without the expense of a full cell booster solution. My first thought was that…


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….


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…