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    by Published on 11-22-2017 01:31 PM
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    How much room is left on your DVR? It's time to give it a workout because there's a free preview of HBO, Cinemax, Starz/Encore and Showtime all happening starting tomorrow (Thursday) and going all the way through Sunday. Check out all the entertainment on channels 501-557 in all there are about 45 channels of entertainment, most in HD. This is the biggest free preview in a long time on DIRECTV so make the most of it! If you have the DIRECTV App on your smartphone you can schedule recordings RIGHT NOW!

    Remember that Genie DVRs can record 5 things at the same time, and if you have a Genie 2 you can record 7 things at the same time! In most cases, content that you record doesn't ever expire. On Demand content from the premium channels does expire but it can be downloaded and watched for a short while after the preview is over.

    Of course, the folks at DIRECTV do hope that you'll like this stuff enough to pay for it long-term, so there's always that. Whether or not you choose to take on the very reasonable fee for the premium channels is up to you, but one way or another you are definitely in for a treat while the free preview is on, from today until November 26!
    by Published on 11-22-2017 12:49 PM
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    At Solid Signal HQ, it won't surprise you to know that there are several TVs on during the day. After all, we're one of the country's largest DIRECTV dealers. You might be considering a TV in your office too, to keep your employees informed, to make ...
    by Published on 11-22-2017 12:40 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Online/MobileTV
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    It's been with you most (or all) of your life. You may not have realized it but closed captioning began all the way back in 1972. It became mandatory along with the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Originally intended to help those with hearing problems, a generation of TV ...
    by Published on 11-21-2017 03:14 PM
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    2. Auto/Marine,
    3. Satellite



    If you have satellite TV on your boat you know that voltage matters. Boats generally have 12 volt DC current, but larger boats will have an AC inverter so you can plug in anything you want. Now, that's fine if you're staying in the US but hey... I'm speaking to you really wealthy folks out there. If you sail across the world then you're just as likely to have 220 or 240 volt current running through the vessel.

    Your average American doesn't see 220 volt power much except when connecting appliances, but it's the standard in much of the world. If you plug in a 110 volt device (as everything in the US is) into a 220 volt outlet, something's going poof or getting fried, sure as shooting. You can use a very expensive travel transformer to make sure you don't have that problem, but there's a better way -- make sure all the things you want to have on your vessel support multiple voltages.

    The key is looking on the power supply and seeing the rating. The picture above is from a DIRECTV HR24-500 and it shows the voltage input is between 100 and 240 volts, between 50 and 60 hertz. If you see that on everything you bring onboard, you'll have no problem. The print might be really small or really fine but it's always there. If you have a multivoltage power supply then all you need is the right cord.

    In the case of DIRECTV receivers, the HR24-200, HR24-500, H24-200, and H24-700 all have multivoltage power supplies. The HR24-100 and H24-100 do not. Some older receivers also have multivoltage power supplies.

    To plug one of these compatible receivers into a 220-240 volt outlet, you need the cord that's right for your country. Solid Signal doesn't carry them due to the high price of importation, but you can find them on ebay or amazon's localized site for the country where your boat was built. The side that plugs into a DIRECTV receiver is called a polarized C7 and using that search term will get you what you want. All power cords are just wires so any generic power cord that fits both sides will work.

    It's worth noting that technically it's against your warranty to use any cord but the one supplied by DIRECTV but if you have a multivoltage power supply the odds of having any sort of a problem are going to be pretty slim.
    by Published on 11-21-2017 09:22 AM
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    2. TV Antennas,
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    It's really happening. DISH has blacked out 28 local CBS and CW affiliates in a very impactful fee fight. This isn't the first time DISH and CBS have duked it out, but the last time it was during the summer. This time, it's during the November/December break, but if this goes into January it could be pretty scary for millions who enjoy CBS programs.
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    by Published on 11-20-2017 12:21 PM
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    Updated for Winter 2018!

    It's more confusing than ever. When you're planning your home viewing, you may be considering putting DIRECTV in every room. There's a little more to it than just running a cable. You need to be using the right satellite dish and you need to understand how DIRECTV thinks about your home system.

    You might think of the number of black boxes in the house, but DIRECTV thinks in terms of "tuners." In DIRECTV parlance, ...
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