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    by Published on 04-26-2017 10:53 AM
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    You don't often reboot your DIRECTV box... but when you do you always see a blue screen with white letters saying "Running receiver self check." It can take up to 20 seconds for that screen to go away, while you stare and fret and worry that the DVR that holds hundreds of hours of programming is going do disappear. And then the screen gives way to another one, and everything is fine.

    The first thing you need to know is that this receiver self-check is perfectly normal. By itself, it's not a sign that anything is wrong with your DIRECTV box. It's part of the regular startup process.

    Remember that a DIRECTV satellite receiver or DVR is basically just a computer. When you boot up your regular PC, or even a tablet or phone, it does some simple hardware checks to make sure everything is just where the device thinks it should be. The processor, the memory, the input and output ports are all checked. That's what's happening here. In addition, the hard drive is checked for errors (yes, if you're a Linux person, it is actually running a fsck) and if there are minor errors they're identified and dealt with. Again, this is perfectly normal and every hard drive develops these minor hiccups from time to time and these corrections help things work better.

    If there really was a hardware or hard drive problem, it would be noted on screen immediately and you would be told to call DIRECTV for service and given a code. If the hard drive is damaged, the receiver will try to recover it, a process which can take several hours and sometimes results in a loss of programming. This is very rare.

    Bottom line folks, this is a normal part of the DIRECTV experience and not something you should worry about.
    by Published on 04-25-2017 09:31 AM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Data/Networks



    Looking for some ideas about AT&T's financial health?The company’s first-quarter 2017 results will be released after the New York Stock Exchange closes on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. At 4:30 p.m. ET the same day, AT&T will host a conference call to discuss the results. The company’s earnings release, Investor Briefing and related materials will be available at AT&T Investor Relations.

    A live webcast of the call will also be available at AT&T Investor Relations, and the webcast replay will be available until June 30, 2017.
    by Published on 04-24-2017 11:04 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite
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    Some of our antennas look downright confusing. One look at this Winegard MetroStar and you might think it was a satellite dish, with its round shape and center posts. It's not... it's a television antenna.

    The reason satellite dishes and over-the-air antennas can look similar is that at their ...
    by Published on 04-23-2017 11:45 AM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Online/MobileTV,
    5. MoCA
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    You might be looking at our Redmere cables and saying, What's so special about Redmere cables? Isn't that just another way to make me spend money? It's so much more.

    We wouldn't blame you for thinking that Redmere cables are just a marketing ploy; after all one of the technology's ...
    by Published on 04-21-2017 03:13 PM
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    Saddle up for even more Ultra HD goodness from DIRECTV. You might want to bookmark this page because DIRECTV just announced a whole ton of new 4K programming. This is what I'm talking about:
    4/21 – Nationals @ Mets
    4/25 – Chelsea v. Southampton, English Premier League Soccer
    4/26 – Arsenal v. Man. United, English Premier League Soccer
    4/27 – Yankees @ Red Sox
    4/28 – Cubs @ Red Sox
    4/30 – Tottenham Hotspur v. Arsenal, English Premier League Soccer
    5/2 – Orioles @ Red Sox
    5/4 – American Standoff, a new documentary from DIRECTV about a family's fight to keep its land
    5/5 – Indians @ Royals
    5/6 – Indians @ Royals
    5/7 – Arsenal v. Man. United, , English Premier League Soccer
    5/11 – Astros @ Yankees
    5/13 – Monster Energy Cup @ Kansas Speedway
    5/16 – Red Sox @ Cardinals
    5/22 – Giants @ White Sox

    Note that baseball games are subject to blackout rules and in a strange twist of fate, the Indians and Royals games will only air in Cleveland and Kansas City.

    To get exact times in your area, check channel 106 on DIRECTV a few dates before the game.
    by Published on 04-21-2017 12:53 PM
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    Sure, Netflix is all that... but what about Game of Thrones and all the other awesome stuff on HBO? Getting it episode by episode on iTunes gets pretty expensive, right? That's why DIRECTV is offering a free preview of HBO and Cinemax today through Monday!

    Remember, if you record it now, you'll still be able to watch it after the preview is over, so it doesn't matter if you have plans for this weekend that will keep you away from the TV or if you'll be watching live sports. Now is the time to pile those recordings on!

    Of course, if you love what you see, you can add these channels to your DIRECTV package for a very reasonable price and you'll get all the on-demand programs as well as the HBO GO and MAX GO apps for free, which enable you to catch up on the things you've been missing.

    What are you waiting for? Even if you're at work, you can use the DIRECTV app for smartphones to schedule recordings from anywhere!

    DIRECTV's HBO and Cinemax channels start at channel 501.
    by Published on 04-20-2017 04:17 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Satellite
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    Most folks aren't going to pay $36,000 for this 48-channel pre-built headend system. That's a little more than most people are willing to do. But you know what, if you're one of the super-rich... it's not such a bad idea. This particular headend system is designed for institutional use, ...
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