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    GOOD TO GO: Yes, that Tech Choice Video Grabber will work with Windows 8.1

    What you see is one of our most popular products. The Tech Choice read on

    What's so special about those HDR TVs?

    Image courtesy of Barry Blanchard Remember the first time you saw an read on

    DIRECTV adds subs, increases revenues, looks good doing it

    It's all smiles today as DIRECTV announces its first quarter results. read on

    NICE AND EASY: Should you spend the money to connect your commercial receivers to the internet?

    Yes. Look, I know that when you're putting in a DIRECTV system in read on

    NICE AND EASY: What is "linear TV?"

    It's, you know, TV like old people watch. All right, that's a read on

    DIRECTV Financials come out tomorrow... we'll be there!

    Yes, it's that time again. DIRECTV's quarterly conference call is read on

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    Customize your DIRECTV Genie easily with two button presses

    Managing your DIRECTV DVR just got a whole lot easier with the read on

    Can you paint a satellite dish?

    At first, the answer would seem sort of obvious. Just look at the read on

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    The FCC's ready to drop a pile of money on rural broadband

    Great news for about nine million Americans who live far outside the read on

    Rohn Towers now at Solid Signal!

    When you have to go big, SolidSignal.com has you covered with the read on

    NICE AND EASY: What is a "cradle booster?"

    It sounds like something vaguely associated with children, or so read on

    Showtime Free Preview on DIRECTV!

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    What is the DIRECTV RC73 Genie Remote?

    It's the latest Genie Remote, but you probably don't need it yet. The read on

    FUN FRIDAY: Tinfoil hats?

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    by Published on 05-05-2015 02:11 PM
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    What you see is one of our most popular products. The Tech Choice Video Grabber lets you take the videos and audio content you own and put it on the computer. This means home movies, records, old cassettes, whatever. It may not help you with copyrighted content but you're not copying that stuff, right? Right. ...
    by Published on 05-05-2015 01:37 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Online/MobileTV
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    Image courtesy of Barry Blanchard

    Remember the first time you saw an HDTV? Chances are it wasn't the level of detail you remember, it was something... else. It was like you were looking out a clean window for the very first time. Colors were brighter, shadows were darker, and everything was much more immediate. It just had a very electric quality that you ...
    by Published on 05-05-2015 12:31 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV



    Admit it, the last time you seriously looked at upgrading your home theater was back before the recession hit. That means a lot of your stuff is close to a decade old, and while it may -- or may not -- still work, there are some good reasons to upgrade.

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    by Published on 05-05-2015 10:36 AM
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    It's all smiles today as DIRECTV announces its first quarter results. The satellite company revealed 279,000 net subscriber additions for the quarter (60,000 in the US alone), which also boasted increased revenues and better profits. They also say that they're confident that the AT&T ...
    by Published on 05-04-2015 05:03 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Data/Networks
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    Yes.

    Look, I know that when you're putting in a DIRECTV system in your bar, restaurant or waiting room, you're on a budget. Often times the basic installation isn't enough and you could be spending a lot of money to get everything wired up. It seems like the perfect time to cut out unnecessary ...
    by Published on 05-04-2015 12:46 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Online/MobileTV



    It's, you know, TV like old people watch.

    All right, that's a little harsh. "Linear TV" is what's called a retronym. That's a phrase like "analog clock, " "snail mail" or "landline phone" that gives a new name to something that we used to just call by something simpler. Retronyms come around when new technologies are invented but the old technologies are still used. For example, when you need to tell someone that your grandmother can't get texts because she has a "landline phone." When your grandmother was growing up, that was just called a "phone" but since cell phones were invented, we need a new word.

    In this specific case, "linear TV" means all forms of video that come from an antenna, cable or satellite provider, with live video sent to you in real time. This is opposed to IPTV or streaming TV, which is only provided when it's requested. Linear TV is old-school TV, it's the TV you sit down to watch at 8pm when the big shows are on. Of course there's a fair-to-middling chance that you're also watching IPTV at the same time, but that's the subject for another article.

    A lot of folks believe linear TV will be all but dead within 20 years, that no one will actually want to watch live. What do you think?
    by Published on 05-04-2015 12:35 PM
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    2. Satellite



    Yes, it's that time again. DIRECTV's quarterly conference call is tomorrow and I'm sure that it will be full of high jinks. Well maybe not high jinks, but maybe one or two appropriate-height jinks. At any rate, this could be one of the last times that DIRECTV reports financials as an independent company if the deal with AT&T closes in the next quarter. It could be your last time to hear insights from Mike White, or count the number of times that Bruce Churchill overpronounces "Panamericana." It could also be the last time to get the real scoop on DIRECTV's future plans without having to listen to all of that AT&T stuff. Don't miss it! We'll be there and if there's anything juicy to report, we'll comment on the article about DIRECTV's financial statement.

    If you'd like to listen in, here's the whole story, right from the press release...


    DIRECTV Announces Conference Call and Webcast For First Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Outlook

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its 2015 first quarter financial results, outlook and other forward looking information on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.

    Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    Time: 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET
    Dial-In: 888-297-0353 (Domestic) / 719-457-2729 (International)
    Conference ID Number: 5928522
    Webcast: investor.directv.com
    Host: Martin Sheehan, Vice President, DIRECTV Investor Relations
    by Published on 05-03-2015 01:03 PM
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    At first, the answer would seem sort of obvious. Just look at the dish in the picture. It's clearly been painted. Everyone's seen those big white satellite dishes, they've clearly been painted.

    The question, though, is not "can a satellite dish be painted" but "can you, the average person, paint a satellite dish." The answer is...
    ...
    by Published on 05-03-2015 11:59 AM
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    2. Digital Signage
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    I'm beginning to think there's a place for digital signage in every single industry. Not that long ago I had the opportunity to help a Michigan factory modernize with digital signage. Digital signage is used to communicate important information all across the factory floor as well as give employees the chance ...

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