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    by Published on 06-10-2016 10:43 AM
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    You turn on your DIRECTV Genie ... and the menus look great but there's no picture. What can you do?

    The problem seems to be that the Genie server and Genie client aren't communicating properly. Luckily it's very easy to address this problem with two easy steps.

    First, ...
    by Published on 06-09-2016 04:35 PM
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    Yeah, it's the summer. And the powers that be are hoping you'll drop $15 a ticket and $10 more for popcorn just to see the latest films in the theater. But why would you, when there's a universe of entertainment at home for a quarter of the price?

    DIRECTV has HD and 4K titles -- the same quality as you see in the theater -- available now and I'm talking about movies that were just in theaters weeks ago. Sure, so you have to be a little patient with your viewing habits, but you don't just save money, you actually get a better experience!

    Why sit in someone else's seat, on their schedule, and deal with the crowds and noise? Why not sit in your own living room and watch on your own big-screen TV? Pause when you want to, turn the volume up or down, and chow down on the stuff in your own refrigerator!

    Yes, I get it. Date night, night out with the kids, all of that. But is it really better or just a chance to get out of the house? Personally I hardly ever go to the cinema anymore because I have the best entertainment at home on my own schedule.

    If you're curious what's out there, press the {MENU} button on your receiver and arrow down to Search&Browse then choose Movies. Or look at the guide starting with channel 100.
    by Published on 06-08-2016 04:00 PM
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    It really is that easy. If you find a show you want to record and you think you'll like the entire series, go to the guide and press the record button twice after highlighting the show you want to record.

    You'll see the icon next to the show title change to indicate that all episodes will be recorded:



    This is called a "series link." You'll get all the episodes on that channel from now on. When you get the DVR, it's set so that pressing record twice will only record new episodes, but if you want to change that behavior, press {MENU} then arrow to "Recordings," then "Manage Recordings," then "Record Defaults." You can set how many episodes to keep, when to start and stop, and whether or not to record only new episodes.

    If you want even more control, you can search using the menus, but for finding something and choosing to record... this is awesome. It takes no time at all and you can do it so fast that you won't even miss anything you're watching!
    by Published on 06-07-2016 03:26 PM
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    This week we'll be going back to basics with the tools that every antenna or satellite DIY'er needs.

    Before you head to the big box store and buy a $20 remote that you don't know how to program... stop!
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    by Published on 06-06-2016 02:34 PM
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    Thinking about getting satellite TV? Satellite TV offers many advantages over cable, including the big five Ė accessibility, variety, quality, installation, and satisfaction.

    When youíre paying for cable TV, you paying a lot to get a little. Cable just canít compete when it comes to the kind of programs you want to watch, and when the ...
    by Published on 06-05-2016 01:53 PM
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    It's so much easier than it was to connect your DIRECTV DVR to the internet. Of course you want to be connected, so you can get on demand programming, interactive features, faster searches, and all that great stuff. and DIRECTV's HR44 and HR54 DVRs have built-in Wi-Fi so connecting is easy. The real question is, should you bypass the Wi-Fi and connect via Ethernet instead?

    The answer really depends on your situation, but there are a few things you should know in order to make the best decision. The first is that DIRECTV only uses WI-Fi for on demand and interactive stuff. The Wi-Fi network is not used at all for live TV or playback of recorded TV. Even if you have a Wireless DIRECTV client, that uses its own wireless network and doesn't rely on your home Wi-Fi. So if the Wi-Fi is a little slow, the biggest impact will be to the on-demand programs. They might take longer to download.

    The other thing you really need to consider is how far your DIRECTV receiver is from your router. If they're in the same room, there's no reason the Wi-Fi won't be as fast as a wired network. If they're in opposite sides of the house, speeds might be so slow that you wouldn't want to use the built-in Wi-Fi and you might want to consider some sort of wired link. If you have Ethernet close to your DVR, that's a quick and safe way to get faster speeds. Otherwise, run a coax cable from your DIRECTV splitter to a place near your router and use a DECA kit to connect between your coax line and your router.
    by Published on 06-05-2016 01:38 PM
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    Have you seen this message?

    Missing Guide Info
    Your receiver has not received Guide Information from the satellite for 4 hours. Please contact DIRECTV Customer Service (920.)


    If you reset your receiver, it will usually work for a while and then you'll see this message again.

    There are two common ...