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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Blockbuster who? - 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. This one's kind of a double throwback. First of all, if you're old enough to remember when going to Blockbuster Video was exciting, just the mention of the service brings back memories of driving to the store with great anticipation, perhaps that they would finally have copy...

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Is it me, or is more stuff coming in different colors? - Thanks to Signal Pro Brad for this suggestion! As long as we don't go back to avocado green. Since the end of the "woodgrain era" of electronics, your stuff has generally come in one of two colors: black or silver. And, it's mostly been black. There was a perilous flirtation with silver televisions and accessories in the mid-2000s but since then, pretty much everything in your entertainment center has been black, black, black. Could t...

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Why should you trust a DIRECTV dealer instead of just calling... directly?

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What's the best mounting method for an antenna? - Talk about a loaded question. There are so many different ways of mounting an antenna, and there's no "one best way." The best way to mount an antenna is the way that works for you. However, there are a few things you can think about when planning an outdoor antenna installation. Do I have a chimney? If your home has a chimney

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Ken Reid and the other Jonah - 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. I own every issue of TV Guide. Each week a guest chooses an issue at random, picks their viewing choices from that week and the show is our discussion of the tough...

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Podcast #222: Where's all the 4K already (again?) - Our podcaster says what all of you are thinking... so ok 4K TVs have gotten cheap so where's all the content? Will we ever see 4K over the air broadcasting? Listen to the podcast your way! Just choose one of the following: Option 1: Click on the image above to stream the podcast in your browser.

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Don't be confused by these Televes devices - This is Televes' indoor amplifier. It supports up to 5 TVs with 16dB boost to four of those output ports. (The fifth is for a TV that's close to the amp.) It's a top-notch piece of equipment. While it works really well, there's only one problem. This is the power injector for Televes'

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Does the HS17 Genie 2 need professional installation? - DIRECTV's new Genie 2, codenamed HS17, is just now seeping into some markets, while other people are still locked out. So it's time to ask questions that will help you decide whether or not to wait for it. The biggest one for some people is whether or not you can install it yourself. Several comments across the internet have people worried because it's being reported that the HS17 can only be installed by DIRECTV's own people using a s...

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Has this been "the saddest ratings season ever?" - I am inspired to write this opinion piece by an article I read in Buzzfeed called "Here Are 5 Ratings Success Stories In The Saddest Network TV Season Ever." I'm not going to pretend that Buzzfeed is a reliable industry news source, or a reliable source for anything but entertainment,

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