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    by Published on 07-22-2017 01:16 PM
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    Good news, Hulu streamers!
    Youíre about to a get 120 new TV shows and movies to stream next month.

    Do you subscribe to Huluís streaming service? If so, youíll be treated to some exciting entertainment next month, according to an article by TVGuide.com. The streaming serviceís new August programming includes the season four premiere of the controversial Bachelor in Paradise. August also brings the series premiere of Marlon (NBC) and the first season Better Things (FX) to Hulu streaming. Fans of Huluís original series Difficult People get to enjoy the third season of this comedy for coastal elitists. (Stuart Sweet will likely rejoice in this news.)

    TV series arenít the only thing Hulu users can stream this August. The streaming service will come on strong with a wide selection of movies, too. You can stream the first two Spider-Man films as well as the two Bill & Ted movies. If horror is your thing, Hulu acquired five of the eight Saw films. Fans of classic Western cinema can stream High Noon, the 1952 film that starred Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. Augustís programming features a huge selection of movies from the past five decades.

    Now, ...
    by Published on 07-22-2017 10:18 AM
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    Buying a flashlight isnít a simple task these days. From Cree to Lumens, LED lights, and more, thereís a lot you must know in order to choose the best flashlight.

    Flashlights have come a long way from the inexpensive plastic devices from a couple decades ago. Todayís flashlights are super bright, durable, ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 03:53 PM
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    DIRECTV SWM technology is awesome, but not everyone is ready to upgrade right away. DIRECTV has said that all of their new equipment will be SWM-only, but there are still plenty of available receivers out there that can work without SWM, meaning that they are a great fit for your ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 02:48 PM
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    There has never been, and will never be anything that is quite like The Muppet Show. In the mid-1970s, a British production company led by a real honest Lord took a chance that a variety show featuring characters from Sesame Street, carried only through syndication, ...
    by Published on 07-21-2017 11:12 AM
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    Game of Thrones Season 7. Even if you don't like this show or have never seen it, chance are you're at least marginally aware that the latest season is premiered last weekend on HBO.

    Basically every cable and satellite provider in the United States is holding a free preview of all the HBO and Cinemax channels this weekend. They hope you'll get addicted to this and the other quality programming you'll find.

    Personally my advice to you is to fill up your DVR with everything you could possibly want from these channels because that content won't disappear after the free preview is over. The preview starts today (Friday) and goes all weekend and that means with ten channels and 48 hours you could be looking at 3 weeks' worth of content even if you watched 24/7. Add on-demand content and that could be another week or two. That's a lot of value from a free preview.

    And of course, if you'd like to pay for HBO, I'm sure your cable or satellite provider would appreciate that as well. If you're a DIRECTV or DISH customer, call us at Solid Signal at 877.312.4547 and we'll take care of everything!
    by Published on 07-21-2017 09:09 AM
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    If you have a Genie DVR or client, you know that it comes with a new remote. Sure, it's smaller and looks a whole lot different, but it's still a DIRECTV remote, right? It sure is, and it can be used to control older equipment in IR mode. (It's also available here.) However, it can't be used for RF, ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 12:12 PM
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    Not something the average person would run into, but more and more commercial cables and connectors are being listed as "Low PIM." So, even if you're not a person who normally pays attention to commercial stuff you might find yourself asking about it. ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 11:52 AM
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    How can it be cheaper to put DIRECTV into your business? It may not make any sense, but putting in a DIRECTV private viewing account for business can actually be the cheapest way to give your employees access to entertainment programming.

    A lot of people think ...
    by Published on 07-20-2017 10:22 AM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    What a quaint sounding article. "PC Fails of 2013" sounds like an old-school musical like "Sunshine Follies of '36." It's the name of an article I wrote about four years ago, in which I said PCs would never recover from the slump they were in. When will I ever get tired of being wrong?

    Realistically, PCs didn't ever recover but the bar has been lowered somewhat. We don't expect PCs to be the tech darling they were in the 90s any more than we expect Toni Braxton to be the darling she was in the 90s. Things change.

    Still, the article is an interesting snapshot of a time when we thought things would get much, much worse, and we wondered how people with desk jobs would ever be able to work the way they were. Microsoft had disappointed people so profoundly with an operating system that didn't actually operate on a desktop, and people were clinging to their antique PCs in horror just hoping they wouldn't break.

    Back then I imagined a cottage industry springing up fixing old PCs because places like doctors' offices and tire shops were terrified of going to Windows 8. That actually might have been good news for the environment, but it would have been a deeply destabilizing force for businesses. That never happened largely because Microsoft smartened up and made Windows 10 something we can all live with.

    On the other hand, Asus, Acer, and other mid-tier manufacturers never recovered from those days, and while the market for PC hardware is strong, it's never going to be as strong as it once was.

    Ah, well... reading old articles like that just makes me wonder what I'll be wrong about next.
    by Published on 07-20-2017 08:13 AM
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    No question about it... we're huge fans of the tiny Genie Mini Clients. They're perfect for guest rooms, bedrooms... anywhere you want true DVR functionality without size and noise. They're wired and wireless, whichever you need, and ...
    by Published on 07-19-2017 12:41 PM
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    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and may contain mild language.

    I'm Ken Reid, a stand up comedian from Boston, MA and a life long television fan. I've been twice nominated as the Best Stand up in Boston and I have been featured ...

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