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    by Published on 09-15-2017 02:47 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Misc. Gadgets,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite
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    Your TV's mounted on the wall, right? Chances are, it is. That's the whole point of a flat TV... it mounts on the wall where it stays out of the way. The problem is that sometimes cable management can be a problem. A lot of times, the HDMI ports on the back of the TV are inconvienient. ...
    by Published on 09-13-2017 11:36 AM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    Quick question: which would make you more upset-- leaving the house without your phone or leaving the house without underwear? Be honest.

    Chances are you'd be desperate if you were without your phone all day. Even a few hours without a phone has most people twitching, and it's not ...
    by Published on 09-12-2017 01:15 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    Are you looking for a portable satellite dish for tailgating or camping? The domes from King Controls can be a perfect way to watch satellite TV on the go.

    King Controls makes mobile satellite dishes for use with DIRECTV and DISH Network programming. These devices are ...
    by Published on 09-11-2017 10:50 AM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets
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    This storm season has been unique with two hurricanes hitting the US mainland so close together. While it looks like Florida was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma,[/size] there's still a lot of work to be done and millions of people are still without power as I write this article. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2017 10:39 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Online/MobileTV
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    If you’re considering cutting the cord, DIRECTV NOW keeps looking like a great option. This week, some important improvements have come to the streaming service.

    DIRECTV NOW might be considered new, but this streaming service continues to evolve. A week doesn’t go by without some news about DIRECTV’s streaming-only option. This week is no exception. ...
    by Published on 09-11-2017 09:50 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Commercial,
    3. Cell Phones,
    4. Satellite,
    5. Data/Networks,
    6. Online/MobileTV

    Call it a slow news day. I got this press release from AT&T and I figured I would share it with you. Randall Stephenson is "the top person" at AT&T, and anytime he speaks, he's going to make some sort of wave, even if it's not a very big one. This time tomorrow he'll be speaking at something called the "Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference" which sounds like a great excuse for very wealthy people to get together and use all sorts of acronyms none of us understand.

    But hey, if you're bored you might want to check it out. I'll share the press release with you all and you can see if it's your cup of tea. Nice thing is... it's free, at least to listen. I have to imagine you'd pay a lot if you actually went.

    AT&T will webcast a presentation by Randall Stephenson, AT&T Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, at the 26th Annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York City on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET.

    The webcast will be available live and for replay at AT&T Investor Relations. We recommend viewers start the webcast a few minutes before the planned start time in case the conference schedule changes.
    by Published on 09-10-2017 11:09 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Satellite

    I don't blame you if you want all new hardware. Then again I don't blame DIRECTV for refurbishing receivers and sending them out again. The average receiver can be used in an average scenario for 5-8 years but a lot of receivers are returned after only two, either because a contract has come up or because the customer upgrades it. If DIRECTV didn't have a refurbishing program, costs for receivers would be sky-high, and remember that most DIRECTV hardware goes out to customers at low or no cost.

    Unfortunately, paying full price to get a DIRECTV box doesn't guarantee it won't be a refurb. In some cases, there is nothing out there but refurbished hardware, and in some cases there is just so much refurbished hardware out there that it's not likely you'll get something "new." DIRECTV doesn't even distinguish between new and refurbished hardware in inventory, which makes it hard for Solid Signal to be sure of what you'll get, short of looking at the actual manufacturing stickers on the receivers themselves.

    As of this writing, in September 2017, these are the only DIRECTV receivers that are going out new at all (and there is still a chance of getting a refurb:

    HS17 "Genie 2" Home Server DVR
    HR54 "Genie" DVR
    C61 Genie Mini Client
    C61K 4K Genie Mini Client

    I'm not saying you WILL get a new receiver if you choose one of those parts, only that if you choose any other receiver you're definitely getting a refurb. This includes all the other DVRs offered by DIRECTV, even the HR44 Genie.

    If you get a refurbished box, this doesn't automatically mean it's bad. In fact most refurbished hardware from DIRECTV lives long and happy lives after being refurbished. If there were a huge epidemic of bad refurbs out there, DIRECTV would be losing money and losing customers. It wouldn't be worth it. Sure, there are sometimes a few clunkers but if this happens, usually the hardware can be replaced without cost to you if it happens soon after activation. At any rate it's going to be less than $20 to replace a broken receiver at any point in its life, due to the lease structure DIRECTV employs.

    If you get hardware from DIRECTV, look for a sticker that has the model number. If the model number (usually something like HR54-500) has an R or a NC after it, that's a refurbished box. Most of the time that sticker is the only way you can tell for sure.

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