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    Twin Peaks bombs? No, it's Nielsen who is bombing

    Is the new version of Twin Peaks a success or a failure? Much like read on

    Ken Reid is in the Love Shack, baby

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    What is a "guest network?"

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    Here's why DIRECTV remotes are better

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    is it a television or a monitor?

    This is a monitor lizard. There's no such thing as a television read on

    SEPARATED AT BIRTH? Solar Animal Chaser and 1970s Polaroid Camera

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    You're not really cutting the cord unless you have an antenna

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    Bow Tie Antenna Angle Tests

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    OPINION: We need a national streaming library

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    Which is better for you, DIRECTV Satellite or DIRECTV NOW?

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    Isn't it time to retire that old DIRECTV receiver?

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    STREAMING SATURDAY: Hulu Live TV Takes Step Forward and Back

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    by Published on 06-22-2017 10:02 AM
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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 03:10 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 on Comedy Central, NPR, Nerdist, and MSN. ...
    by Published on 06-21-2017 02:34 PM
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    If you have any techie friends, they probably have them. A guest network is essentially a way to connect to someone's Wi-Fi without them giving you access to any of their computers. It's a polite way of saying, "I trust you but I don't trust you that much." But that's ok.

    The capability to have ...
    by Published on 06-21-2017 12:14 PM
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    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 12:59 PM
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    by Published on 06-20-2017 11:54 AM
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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 06-20-2017 11:19 AM
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    Cutting the cord, or getting rid of your traditional pay-TV subscription, has become extremely popular in recent years and it's likely to continue growing. People are tired of paying a huge amount of money for content that they don't watch, coupled with customer service that makes going to the dentist seem pleasant. (Seriously. Cable ...
    by Published on 06-20-2017 10:50 AM
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    This is a monitor lizard.
    There's no such thing as a television lizard. There, article's done.

    Seriously, though, you'll hear the term "TV" and the term "monitor" used almost interchangeably. What's the difference? Is there a difference, or is it just that snobby tech types like to say "monitor?"
    ...
    by Published on 06-20-2017 09:01 AM
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    This is the last article in the series of bow tie (BT) antenna tests. In this test, the angle used, or put another way, the separation distance between the two ends of the BT "V," was changed to see what effect this had on the signal levels of the various TV channels.

    The approximate separation distances and approximate angles used were:





    Each pair of elements was attached to the BT antenna mount and all tests were run for that antenna. First, a set of readings for the standard angle of approximately 22 degrees, then the angle was change to approximately ...

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