Best of the Blog 2018, Volume 3

The Solid Signal Blog is your resource for thousands of articles and reviews, with new content coming every day. 2018 marks our twelfth year since our humble beginnings, and today over 200,000 people read the blog every month. Every month, the staff gets together and gathers articles that really seem like they have long-term appeal. Here’s the list for March, 2018.

  1. What do cell phone bars mean?
  2. Why can’t you stream most Oscar-nominated movies?
  3. How to skip ahead quickly on your DIRECTV DVR
  4. NICE AND EASY: Should you put a lightning arrester on a dish?
  5. Stop your DIRECTV box from turning off after 4 hours (new Genie GUI)
  6. How can I look far ahead in the new Genie GUI?
  7. How to get to DIRECTV On Demand with the new Genie menus
  8. NOT JUST YOU: The DIRECTV Guide is blurry in 4K
  9. NICE AND EASY: What is BIII?
  10. Why does a cellular signal booster actually make the signal better?
  11. Will picture-in-picture ever return to DIRECTV?
  12. No guide data on your DIRECTV receiver? Here’s what you can do about it.
  13. What is an IRD?
  14. Not all Lithium Batteries are Created Equal!
  15. Set up recordings with two button presses (DIRECTV Genie new menus)
  16. To SWiM or not to SWiM… that is the question!
  17. TIP: Terminate those unused ports!
  18. Which is better, an X-shaped antenna (cat’s whiskers) or a bowtie antenna?
  19. What happened to Genie Recommends in the new menus?
  20. NICE AND EASY: What is an STB
  21. Is it worth it to recycle that old antenna?
  22. What DIRECTV DVRs have built-in power injectors?
  23. A guide to Satellite Setup with the new DIRECTV Genie Menus
  24. What is local into local (LIL)
  25. What does the AD))) logo mean?
  26. How to turn on Dolby Audio (DIRECTV new Genie menus)
  27. Tiny icons or blocky icons on your DIRECTV Genie Menu?
  28. How does a cellular signal booster work?
  29. How to a recording on your DIRECTV playlist
  30. Do the new Genie menus still support advanced search terms?
  31. Back up before the beginning of a recording (New Genie GUI)
  32. Heres how you activate your free DIRECTV MLB.TV subscription
  33. What if all your TVs watch the same channel?
  34. How can you mark and delete with the new Genie menus?
  35. Problems connecting your DIRECTV-ready smart TV? Here’s why.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 9,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.