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    by Published on 09-19-2017 11:27 AM
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    Don't you hate when you're in a sports bar and you can't get the game you want? Or if you're in a restaurant and the channel selection is positively obnoxious? You ask someone to change the channel, but it doesn't seem like it's going to happen. ...
    by Published on 09-18-2017 07:22 AM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV

    Well yes and no. DIRECTV NOW is the streaming service from AT&T that offers live TV without a contract. It has more channels at a better price than any of the other services, offers more local TV than anyone and is available on almost every phone, tablet and streaming device.

    But, it's different from DIRECTV Satellite, which is the service that about 24 million Americans know and love. If you truly wanted both, you would have to pay for both.

    Except, it's hard to understand why you would want both. Because, if you have DIRECTV Satellite, you have access to the award-winning DIRECTV app for phones and tablets, which features well over 100 live streaming channels plus access to the same on-demand library as DIRECTV NOW. It also gives you the ability to access your DVR's programming from anywhere and even schedule future recordings. So, with all that, why would you pay for an additional DIRECTV NOW subscription?

    If you're interested in getting DIRECTV Satellite -or- DIRECTV NOW, give us a call at Solid Signal at 877.312.4547 and we can help you decide which service is best for you!
    by Published on 09-15-2017 02:47 PM
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    2. Misc. Gadgets,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite
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    Your TV's mounted on the wall, right? Chances are, it is. That's the whole point of a flat TV... it mounts on the wall where it stays out of the way. The problem is that sometimes cable management can be a problem. A lot of times, the HDMI ports on the back of the TV are inconvienient. ...
    by Published on 09-15-2017 02:40 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. Satellite
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    In the world of satellite TV services,
    Signal Connectís customer service is second to none!

    Do you remember when you received personalized service wherever you shopped? It was back in the good olí days, when Smitty used to fill your car up down at Smith and Sonís Gas & Oil. It was the same at the ...
    by Published on 09-14-2017 02:19 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite

    This week we're taking a look at terms that novices might not know. It's a good time for everyone to freshen up their knowledge base.

    It's the wire that goes from your cable or satellite box to your TV. The HDMI cable was created to please everyone from major movie studios to impatient spouses. For the most part it does a good job.

    In the early days of HD, back in the 2000s, you had two choices for connections. Component connections took at least five cables to go from your box to your TV. If you had surround sound you were looking at nine cables. Yes really. This was not so popular with home theatre fans who wanted a clean installation. Their other option, the DVI connector, was really delicate and tended to break.

    At the same time, the signals that travel over these old connections aren't copy protected and that made the movie studios mad. They didn't want you hooking up a video capture device and copying movies to your hard drive... because you might sell them for less than the studios could. Something had to be done.

    The HDMI Cable came into being in the mid-2000s to address all these problems. The one, easy to plug cable carries video and audio and uses a really fancy tap-dancing scheme to make sure that copy protected content is safe. It took a few years for everyone to figure out how to do it right, but HDMI is now the standard for all HD devices.

    The best part about HDMI cables is that they are pure digital so for the most part, a cheap one will perform the same as an expensive one.
    by Published on 09-14-2017 07:15 AM
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    2. Satellite

    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, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    Four seasons and it's still not solved.
    Back in February 2014, the world watched in utter boredom as SportsNet LA, known to anyone who cares as "The Dodgers Channel," launched to absolutely no fanfare whatsoever. The channel, which was created to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games and little else, was initially only available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, but since that company was absorbed by Charter, now Spectrum and Bright House customers can also see the channel.

    The Dodgers have had several good years, but unfortunately DIRECTV and DISH customers have been locked out of seeing home games since 2014. This also means they lost the final year of hearing legendary broadcaster Vin Scully calling the plays for the Dodgers, a true loss for any baseball fan.

    In the intervening years, there has been absolutely no movement in trying to get SportsNet LA on any of the country's largest pay-TV services, meaning that about 85% of homes -- including about 60% of people in the Dodgers' service area -- still can't see Dodgers home games. What's funny of course is that people don't seem to care as much as you'd think they should... because Southern California is the "displaced fan" capital of the country. Still, it would be nice to root for the home team especially when they're having such a great year.

    Oh well, I guess there is always next year...
    by Published on 09-13-2017 07:13 AM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. Satellite,
    4. Online/MobileTV
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    DIRECTV has spent over a decade developing its DVRs and in some ways, there are actually "too many" features. They are so rich and so capable that sometimes people don't realize everything they can do.

    For example, did you know that you can take your recorded shows with you when you travel, and in many cases ...
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