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    by Published on 06-22-2017 10:02 AM
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    2. Satellite,
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    Is the new version of Twin Peaks a success or a failure? Much like the show itself, it's hard to tell what's real. An unusually insightful article in Buzzfeed lays out the arguments, but doesn't get to the real heart of things.

    According to traditional ratings agencies, Twin Peaks: The Return is a total bomb. The latest episode drew a little under ...
    by Published on 06-21-2017 12:14 PM
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    2. Satellite

    Universal remotes seem like they're a dime a dozen. No matter what TV provider you choose, your box comes with one. That's great, at least at first. Most people don't want a whole slew of remotes on the coffee table.

    The only thing, though, is that all remotes aren't made alike. I've recently spent some time looking at cablesystems from friends and I'm pretty disappointed with what their remotes look like. Here's a typical one from Spectrum:

    Too many buttons. And more importantly, a lot of functions that most people don't want or need. This big clunky remote will control 6 devices, sure, but exactly who is out there with a VHS player anymore? Fact is, DVD players are going away and there's no way to control a streaming box, which is what most people actually want.

    There's another piece to the puzzle, too. Most of the time you can't do anything with all those buttons and they're not very smart. The VOL control does control the TV's volume even if you don't have TV selected, but it takes at least four button presses just to turn everything on and off. This remote may have a lot of features, but it's confusing and doesn't help people "just watch TV."

    That's why I'm a big fan of DIRECTV's Genie Remote. DIRECTV used to have a big complex remote --in fact you can still buy it -- and I'll admit the smaller, sleeker Genie Remote was a little hard to get used to at first. But now I see the wisdom. These are all the buttons you need and none of the buttons you don't. The power button turns on the TV and the satellite box. It's not overwhelming. It's simple, it fits nicely in your hand, and it puts the buttons you actually use in very logical places.

    And yeah, there are some things the Genie Remote doesn't do really well. It won't power up your A/V receiver (although it will let you route the volume through it.) It won't control your streaming box. But you know, if you're that sort of person, the sort of person with a home theater with a whole bunch of separate boxes, you probably want a custom remote solution anyway. There are plenty of them from different providers and most modern devices let you use your phone and either their app or a custom app. If you're that sort of person you might want that sort of thing. Personally I use a customized programmable remote when I'm looking at my home theater. No off-the-shelf remote would do it for me no matter what.

    But for 99% of the people who just want to watch TV, they don't want to be bamboozled by a fancy remote. They just want to sit down and do the things they want. Yes, they have a smart TV or a streaming box, but it has its own remote and it's usually pretty small and easy to use. When you want to watch satellite, you want to watch and not be bothered by a million tiny buttons.

    In the end, that's why DIRECTV made the right decision.
    by Published on 06-20-2017 11:54 AM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets
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    One of the more popular gadgets at Solid Signal is this P3 International Wireless Solar Animal Chaser. It's a neat little device that puts out high-frequency sound and causes lights to flash when something moves nearby. Most humans can't hear the sound but dogs, cats, moles, gophers and most small pests hate it. It's perfect ...
    by Published on 06-19-2017 10:25 AM
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    It's finally summertime! Time to go out and enjoy that boat you've been storing all winter. As you do your yearly inspection, you're bound to find something that needs replacing or upgrading, from simple weather seals to much more complex electronic systems. Before you shop anywhere else, check out the upgraded selection of marine products at SolidSignal.com. Since you put that boat away for the winter, we've added thousands of marine parts from simple flanges to the most complex wiring harnesses.

    We can get your boat ship-shape and help you add all those new electronic parts that you're going to want, whether it's simple temperature monitoring or complex radar systems. We have all the parts you need and we're adding more every day!

    Our product staff digs deep, talking with suppliers who don't normally sell on the web to offer you parts you won't find anywhere else. The product selection just gets better and better!

    If you want that personal touch, we can provide that too. Call us at 877.312.4547 Monday through Friday during business hours and we can help advise you on parts or even help you build a killer entertainment system for those times when you get tired of staring out at that endless, glistening water or watching the sun set. Our consultants have more experience with marine satellite, cellular, and entertainment systems than anyone else and we're ready to get you hooked up!
    by Published on 06-17-2017 02:47 PM
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    Hulu Live TV recently added 40 Fox affiliates to the 32 previously acquired by the streaming service. While this is supposed to be good news, itís really a mixed blessing for streaming fans.

    The good news is that Hulu recently announced the addition of a number of Fox affiliates to Hulu Live TV. The bad news is that some of these additions are not local Fox affiliates. A number of Hulu Live TV markets will receive Foxís national feed instead of their local Fox stations. This stinks for anyone ...
    by Published on 06-15-2017 10:29 AM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    It's actually not the first cell to reach that price. For years, a company called Vertu has been selling gold-plated luxury phones that cost as much as $10,000 and come with free concierge service. Now that's a smart phone. But it's also a ridiculous price to pay.

    But what about $1,000?

    Five years ago no one would have paid that much for ...
    by Published on 06-14-2017 12:07 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
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    ESPN's reign of terror may be at an end. At various times, it's been said that ESPN's primary channel (just by itself) may be costing pay-TV companies as much as $8 per month per subscriber. Add in as many as five other ESPN channels and the pay-TV company could be paying as much as $15 per subscriber per month for the package, ...

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