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    by Published on 01-01-2018 01:20 PM
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    2. Satellite

    If you have a Genie Mini Client, you've noticed two lights on the front. There's the DIRECTV logo itself on the power button, and it's pretty easy to figure out that if that glows blue, the client is on. But there's another one that says "NETWORK." What's the deal with that?

    Remember, a client isn't the same as a receiver. It doesn't actually get a signal from the satellite. It gets all its information from the Genie DVR, including video, audio, even the menus. That's how it can be so small and quiet. That's why you can't have a client without the DVR... it can't get anything off the satellite by itself.

    It's very important that the client have very good two-way communication with the DVR. Unlike a regular receiver, it sends information back through the cable, and that means it needs a very clean connection. So, there's an indicator on the front to tell you how good that connection is.

    YELLOWISH GREEN means that everything is OK. Your system should perform well.

    YELLOWISH ORANGE means that there is a problem. You might not notice it at first but eventually you might see a blocky picture, or the client might not respond to the remote.

    RED means that there is no connection or a very weak connection. Your client probably will not work

    It's normal to look at the yellowish-green light and confuse it for a yellow one, but the orange one is really very orange. If the light is on the green side at all you are ok.
    by Published on 01-01-2018 12:36 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite,
    5. Data/Networks
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    Been doing home theater for a while? You might remember the BNC connector that was used for component connections in the 2000s and before. It has been used for SD video and HD video, but it's rarely seen in consumer electronics today. Is it dead?

    by Published on 01-01-2018 10:37 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    When it comes to your favorite TV provider,
    some names are pretty obvious, some not. After all, millions of dollars are spent on product launches, which sort of begs the questions of how anyone could come up with names like "hulu."

    DIRECTV plays on the term used in the 1990s for satellite TV, "Direct Broadcast ...
    by Published on 01-01-2018 07:07 AM

    Start of a day, start of a week, start of a month, start of a year!

    Let's all look forward to a year full of peace and prosperity. The offices at Solid Signal are closed today so our team can spend time with their families and come back strong to serve you all year. Of course you can still order from and your order will be fulfilled tomorrow.

    A new year is a new opportunity for each and every one of us to look at what is important in our lives and the kind of lives we want to lead. Let's all hope for a great 2018 full of happiness and love!

    Stuart Sweet, Editor
    The Solid Signal Blog
    by Published on 12-31-2017 05:03 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite
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    This week we're taking a look at terms that novices might not know. It's a good time for everyone to freshen up their knowledge base.

    Line of sight. Pretty simple idea actually. Antennas work best when there is nothing between them and the thing that's doing all the transmitting. ...
    by Published on 12-31-2017 01:07 PM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets
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    This week we're taking a look at obsolete communications technologies. No matter what it is, everything was high tech at one time.

    Long distance communication didn't start until the 19th century, right? Actually there has been effective, instantaneous ...
    by Published on 12-30-2017 01:31 PM
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    If you want live TV streaming news, you need more than just Stuart Sweet. He wrote me off this week, yet here I am bringing you what to look for in 2018 from the streaming service providers.

    While streaming was great in 2017, it will get better next year. Selected improvements include TV streaming technology and more for 2018. Yes, live streaming TV ...
    by Published on 12-30-2017 11:55 AM
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    2. Online/MobileTV
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    I'm taking the reins from Buckler again since he put all his brain cells into writing a year in review piece. Last time I saw him he was in the back of the blog offices breathing into a paper bag. I think if I asked him to write Streaming Saturday, he might have to file a disability claim.

    What ...
    by Published on 12-29-2017 02:12 PM
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    This year in streaming was an exciting one! With so many developments, I want to share a bird’s eye view of streaming services in 2017.

    Streaming service providers were busy this year. With each company determined to be the best, it made 2017 a year of improvement and innovation. Solid Signal has watched it all with an interested eye. We’ve also taken not of what worked, what didn’t, and what were the biggest trends. The year in streaming includes: local TV affiliates, original content, and technological improvements… or the lack thereof. All this made for an interesting year in streaming. These trends will help to guide streaming providers in 2018.

    Without any further ado, here’s a bird’s eye view of this year’s highlights in streaming:

    Amazon Prime Streaming
    Amazon Prime Video didn’t have many announcements this year. What we did hear from the streaming service provider was good. For example, its end-of-year announcement to stream some shows in HDR10+ was big news. This new standard is far superior to HDR10. It's used with shows such as The Grand Tour, The Tick, and The Man in the High Castle. It’s expected to first rollout on Samsung smart TVs.

    Fans of Amazon Prime Video’s original content got some good news in April. The streaming service provider plans to spend $4.5 million for new streaming services. This is a bit less than Netflix’s $6 million budget. Amazon plans to acquire the rights to plenty of movies, TV shows, and live events. For example, it streamed 10 Thursday night National Football League games in 2017. Amazon will likely increase the number of live events in its catalog throughout the year.

    Editor's Note: Mr. Buckler, never a fan of the walled garden, failed to point out the biggest news: Prime Video finally came to the Apple TV. Now, if Google Play came as well, imagine how cool that would be.


    AT&T ended 2017 announcing that DIRECTV NOW customers with Showtime will get Showtime Anytime. This provides on-demand ...
    by Published on 12-29-2017 12:25 PM
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    2. Data/Networks
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    This week we're taking a look at obsolete communications technologies. No matter what it is, everything was high tech at one time.

    Maybe you think you remember the floppy disk. "Hey," you say, "That wasn't that long ago." You're remembering the 3.5" hard blue plastic ...
    by Published on 12-29-2017 11:37 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Misc. Gadgets,
    3. Cell Phones,
    4. TV Antennas,
    5. Satellite,
    6. Data/Networks,
    7. Online/MobileTV
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    Who knows what the future will bring? In 2017 we saw the growing dominance of DIRECTV NOW, the coming of DIRECTV's Genie 2 and Hopper 3, and we finally saw Apple try to take back some leadership. Will 2018 be another big year for consumer technology or will it be just another lurch forward toward the future? Here's what I think, and if history is any indication, I'll probably be fairly ...

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