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    FUN FRIDAY: The very first laptop

    It was called the Grid Compass. If you had $10,000 to spend in 1979, read on

    Choosing Satellite Dishes for RVs

    Want to add satellite TV to your RV, camper, or motorhome? If so, read on

    DIRECTV HD Extra Pack free trial going on Now!

    More stuff. Free stuff. It's all yours today through March 1 as read on

    NBA League Pass free trial today through 11/4

    It's that time again... Basketball season is getting underway and read on

    How often should you rescan for channels if you have a TV antenna?

    Ask 10 people, you'll get 12 answers. The best answer is, of course, read on

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: SportsNet LA

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most read on

    FCC approves "LTE-U" -- what does this mean for you?

    "U"," not "yoo-hoo." Time for new interns AGAIN. Your next cell read on

    Introducing Televes Indoor Amplifiers!

    Finally, the future has arrived. I've spent the last week poking read on

    DISH has a a great fourth quarter

    Good news for shareholders... financials released yesterday show that read on

    Ken Reid and a Rose by any other name

    Note: The Ken Reid TV Guidance Counselor Podcast is rated PG-13 and read on

    Signal Boosters and Boats - a Great Combination

    Do you wonder if a marine cell phone booster is needed in your boat, read on

    The Porcupine Antenna

    This antenna was an extension of an idea I had back in 2002, and had read on

    Two "Enemies" of Marine Signal Boosters

    Do you know the two biggest enemies of a marine signal booster? We read on

    Go "Commercial Grade" with Solid Signal

    Modulators. Racks. Fiber Distribution. The average person out there read on

    Set recordings more easily with DIRECTV "Record Defaults"

    DIRECTV makes it easy to record your favorite programs. When you're read on

    Hot Deals for the Week of February 20, 2017

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    by Published on 02-24-2017 06:17 PM
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    It was called the Grid Compass. If you had $10,000 to spend in 1979, you could pick up two mid-size cars or one of these, which has the distinction of being the first laptop computer. We call it a laptop since it had the basic shape of a laptop today: flat screen that folds up to reveal a keyboard and a shape ...
    by Published on 02-24-2017 03:37 PM
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    Want to add satellite TV to your RV, camper, or motorhome?
    If so, you have three different satellite dishes from which to choose.

    When it comes to satellite dishes for RVs, you must choose between a portable dish, RV-mounted antenna, or auto-aiming dish. While all of these satellite antennas will deliver the same great programming you enjoy at home, each ...
    by Published on 02-24-2017 12:28 PM
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    More stuff. Free stuff. It's all yours today through March 1 as DIRECTV rolls out a free preview of its HD Extra Pack. HD Extra channels have content that's not available in HD and you can get 3 free months of this great programming now. Start here... it's free for everyone this week. If you like what you see, why not give it a whirl for a few months?

    This is quality stuff that you won't find anywhere else and DIRECTV brings it all to you! Fill your DVR with everything you can... when DIRECTV has a free preview the stuff you record won't go away after the preview does.

    As a reminder, here's the lineup for the HD Extra Pack:

    565 Hallmark Movie Channel HD
    566 HDNet Movies
    567 MGM HD
    568 Sony Movie Channel HD
    569 Universal HD
    570 Smithsonian HD
    571 Crime & Investigation HD
    572 Palladia HD
    573 Shorts HD
    by Published on 02-24-2017 12:23 PM
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    It's that time again... Basketball season is getting underway and DIRECTV wants you to know that just it's the sports leader on the courts! There's only one way to get every out of market basketball game, and it's DIRECTV League Pass. You'll get up to 40 games a week so you'll never miss your favorite team no matter where they are playing!

    League Pass is free for everyone through next Monday on Channels 750-768 on DIRECTV. It's a chance to see what's out there and really immerse yourself in the world of basketball. DIRECTV has posted the schedule here, and if you are interested in ordering League Pass, call us at 866.726.4182 and we'll make it happen!
    by Published on 02-23-2017 01:27 PM

    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.

    Three years ago this week, SportsNet LA, known to most folks as "The Dodgers Channel," went on the air. We covered it here. At the time, only Time Warner Cable customers could see it, along with a few very small cable companies in central California.

    Since then, the Dodgers have reached the playoffs, their announcer (the great Vin Scully) has retired, and here we are looking at the 2017 baseball season, once again, without this channel on DIRECTV, DISH, or even Comcast. Only Spectrum (the service that was once Charter or Time Warner Cable) customers can see this channel. Period.

    This means about 6 million people in the area covered by Dodgers baseball are out of luck. Again.

    Don't blame DIRECTV, DISH, or any other provider. It's been said over and over again that SportsNet LA is more expensive than ESPN which makes it a spectactularly bad value when you consider the baseball season's not even half the year. Westerners have a lot of other teams to root for, including home-team favorites the Angels, as well as teams in San Diego and San Francisco, and many folks who now live in Southern California hail from other places and have more interest in the home team where they grew up.

    None of that matters. This nonsense has to stop. The Los Angeles city government allowed this to happen despite millions of dollars in tax breaks, law enforcement, traffic and public transit assistance, yet its residents can't watch the games. When you combine SportsNet's unfettered greed with the ridiculous MLB blackout rules that keep most home games from being shown, pretty much anywhere, and this ends up being really unfair. City governments have a lot to do that's super important, but let's be honest this is a big part of people's lives.

    For those people who are affected by this whole mess, your option is to get the MLB Extra Innings package from DIRECTV. With it, you can see Dodgers' away games on SportsNet LA by using the free MLB.TV subscription. You still can't see home games and you don't get any of the other content on that channel, but half a loaf is better than none, I suppose.
    by Published on 02-23-2017 12:09 PM
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    "U"," not "yoo-hoo." Time for new interns AGAIN.

    Your next cell phone could have even better internet. That's the takeaway here, after the decision from the FCC to allow "LTE-U" broadcasts to exist in the same frequency range as Wi-Fi. It's been a long time coming, according to our friends at Multichannel News, ...
    by Published on 02-23-2017 12:05 PM
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    Ask 10 people, you'll get 12 answers. The best answer is, of course, when it needs it, but who has the time to research FCC filings and check websites just to figure out when one of your local channels has added a subchannel or changed frequency allocations? Most of us simply aren't that committed to the process.

    The ...
    by Published on 02-23-2017 11:46 AM
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    Finally, the future has arrived.

    I've spent the last week poking around Televes' new line of indoor amplifiers. They've managed to fit a whole distribution amplifier and splitter into the same exact case as the power injectors for their outdoor antennas, meaning this is a stylish, powerful way to make sure you have enough signal for every TV in the house.
    ...
    by Published on 02-22-2017 11:21 AM
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    2. Satellite
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    Good news for shareholders... financials released yesterday show that DISH had a great fourth quarter of 2016. They added over 28,000 subscribers, had growing income and profits, and all of this is a huge contrast over their fourth-quarter-15 numbers.

    What's not known is how many of those additions are from Sling TV, since DISH reports all subscribers together. Additions from Sling TV are great and they're probably the future, but they represent a ...
    by Published on 02-22-2017 10:59 AM
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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 on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, and ...

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