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RE: Netflix Buffering

alot of these tv's now have updates available, make sure you are doing the updates One nice thing about a Roku is that the software is automatically updated from "the cloud" without the user having to do anything.
docj 04/22/15 11:19am Technology Corner
RE: Netflix Buffering

Another vote for a Roku; we stream Netflix and Hulu all the time on a Verizon 4G connection and rarely have any buffering issues. IMHO Smart TV's are gimmicks for consumers who don't know that that they can get far better capability from a dumb TV and a Roku.
docj 04/22/15 06:58am Technology Corner
RE: CPU Speed vs Number of Cores?

I'm running a Toshiba Satellite with a 4th generation Core i7-4710HQ quad core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with turbo capability to 3.5GHz and 16GB of RAM under Windows 8.1. All I know is that this computer runs rings around the Dell my wife uses that has a third gen i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. My perception of performance improvement is based on a few available online benchmarks and things like how fast the computer boots from a cold start (both have equivalent SATA HDD drives). This isn't as quantitative as you all have been, but I think our perceptions are pretty accurate.
docj 04/14/15 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Can Win 8.1 make a "Smart TV" dumb?

IMHO Smart TV's are a huge rip-off. Last year I bought the least expensive Samsung in the size I wanted (39"). It was ~$100 cheaper than the Smart TV's of the same size. With my Roku connected to it, it has more "smarts" than any of the smart ones would have had and the Roku is continuously being updated to new channels, etc. Smart TVs are a gimmick for the unsophisticated consumer IMO.
docj 04/13/15 12:15pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Jim: We got an upgrade to SWM on our SK3005 when we ordered a Genie. We had an RV-friendly installer and he did it all for us at no cost. Because we didn't have a current contractual commitment, we got the Genie at no cost also. Depending on your circumstances you might want to try something like that. The upgrade itself is not a big deal $$ wise. You can buy all the necessary parts for <$75 on Amazon and elsewhere. Joel (AKA docj)
docj 04/05/15 05:13pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

I have the Trav'lr SK3005, why does it need to be converted to SWM?...Mine still works fine picking up all channels... If you want to use a Genie (or any receiver/DVR with a model number of 25 or higher) then you need to convert to SWM since these are SWM-only models. Nothing requires you to convert, but the Genie's ability to record 5 different channels can be very nice. Also the ability use the very small miniGenie clients for other TVs can be handy where space is important. You can be sure that over time all DTV receivers will become SWM; it's only a matter of time before you will need to convert, although that's probably a number of years in the future.
docj 04/05/15 04:53pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

BTW SK-3003 won't be shown, only dish types that DTV uses. This means that you will have to find what is equivalent. That's why I suggested calling Winegard but you could try the 18" round which I believe is Option 1. Now I am confused. SK-3003 is not for DTV? I was told the Winegard SK-3003 was for DTV, not Dish. The previous owners had DTV and when I bought the rig and DTV it worked last year after about 10 calls to DTV & Winegard. I just tried the 01: Round 18", multiswitch, single without B-Band converter and no luck. Guess I will have to wait until Tuesday when Winegard opens for business again. Thanks Chuck Although I'm jumping in here late, I think the correct dish type will be Slimline 3 with Multiswtich as the switch type. There will be no B-Band converters needed because, as has already been stated, those are for HD reception in non-SWM setups. Yes, the SK3003 is definitely for DTV, but DTV doesn't care who makes your dish, all their equipment wants to know is what kind of LNBs it has and what's it's shape. By telling it you have a Slimline 3 your are defining the type of "stuff" that your SK3003 has.
docj 04/05/15 03:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Home internet

I feel the the OP's pain. The last S&B we owned before we went full-timing had no DSL, cable or even cellular service (we were on the wrong side of a mountain from all the towers). We had Hughesnet satellite internet but the usage limits are so severe that no streaming is feasible (it's far worse than cellular limits). When we sold the house I breathed a sigh of relief when the buyers never asked about internet availability.
docj 03/01/15 07:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Direct TV Genie HR44 - Purchase or Lease?

Quite often DirecTV will offer existing customers free upgrades. We didn't pay a dime for our Genie HR44. Sure, there was a contract extension, but who cares? We need TV service so I'm unlikely to want to cancel anytime soon.
docj 02/15/15 05:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Winegard Trav'ler DirecTV Slimline

No mine just kept searching for any satellite if I remember correctly. Just kept spinning and tilting. After about 15 minutes I would turn it off and start over. I think it is very critical to level your unit before starting to search when moving long distances. Also be sure there is absolutely no movement. Like people walking around inside. I think the unit remembers the positions it was last at and tries to start there for quick setup. When that fails to get a signal it seems totally lost at how to find the signal. If you observe the dish while it is finding the satellites you can see quite clearly that it first returns to the position in which it last was pointed. This is helpful if you've decided, for example, to stow the dish because of a bad storm or if you wish to "tweak" the pointing after your RV has sat in one place for a while. If it can't find a satellite at its last position it begins a complete search. The search begins with the elevation set mid-way between max and min positions and involves the dish rotating through 360 degrees at each of several elevations. How long this takes depends on where you are located. For example when we are in Canada and the elevation is quite low, it takes a while because the system won't get to that elevation until it tries quite a few larger ones. As the system does its search it is constantly checking to see if the many satellites it sees are part of the DirecTV group. It ignores those that are not, but once it finds one of the DTV satellites it will optimize and then identify it. If the satellite found is not 101 it will next try to find 101. If 101 cannot be found the system will return to its search. If 101 is not found by the time the elevation min and max are reached, the system will return to its initial positions and begin the search again. If the system finds 101, my SK3005 will then try to find 110 and 119. I can't say how the SK-SWM3 system works, but I suspect it still tries to find those birds. Once my system has found either or both of these other satellites it then sets the skew and optimizes it. On occasion, if the system cannot find either 110 or 119 I have found it useful to put my system into manual mode so it can be made to point at only the 101 bird. The directions for manual pointing of the SK-3005 are clearly provided on page 4 of this user guide: SK3005 user guide I wouldn't be surprised if the instructions for doing this with a SK-SWM3 are similar.
docj 02/07/15 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: AM21N TV Tuner works great

seems like I've used the AM21 during rain fade? Using the AM21 requires a satellite connection during setup so the receiver can download the local channels for wherever you are. I believe that once that list has been loaded it doesn't really matter what happens to the satellite signal. My complaint with the AM21 was that it required a satellite connection in the first place. I don't watch OTA TV unless we're in a place where we can't get satellite so I was forever having to disconnect the AM21 so I could directly connect the antenna to the TV. Another issue with it is that the list of local channels DTV provides through the device are not necessarily all the channels in your area, but you can't add to their list. We have DNS service and hardly ever watch local channels; if we want local news or weather we use the internet. Eventually, I decided the AM21 was a couple of pounds of stuff I could be rid of and I tossed it.
docj 01/17/15 08:54am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Direct seems to charge $15 for "Advanced Receiver Service " , anybody know what this charge is for ? I believe that is the charge for having a DVR.
docj 12/31/14 10:54am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

DTV is changing installations. They no longer will mail equipment to a customer as there were to many calls, etc. In the Phoenix area they are replacing vendor installers with there own trained techs due is part because of to many call backs. A simple solution is just to buy the equipment from any authorized retailer. Installation isn't rocket science; there's plenty of info on the web about how to do it. When I wanted a mini-Genie C41 for my bedroom TV I bought the device on Amazon and had the cable installed where I wanted it. After everything was connected I called DirecTV to have it activated. No problems. You can buy all the DTV hardware, including Genies, online. There are "RV-friendly" DirecTV installers, but it is hit and miss finding them. Sometimes, if you ask an installer who won't do the job, he'll give you the name of one that will.
docj 12/30/14 09:50pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Understand though up north the dish is dang near pointing at the horizon and is going through a lot of atmosphere. In northern Michigan we had problems getting good signal strength. On the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island there were some channels that we only watched in SD because the SD signal is stronger and less subject to atmospheric fade. Even though PEI isn't that far north, it is so far east that the path to the DirecTV satellites is huge!
docj 12/30/14 06:44pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Does DIRECT DNS include PBS along with CBS,NBC,ABC,FOX ? If not then does PBS come with the Locals ? Does the 20" Muti Sat dish receive SD up north ? Thanks Bob We have a Winegard Trav'ler with the dish that came with the SK3005 which, I think, is slightly larger than the dish that comes with the new Trav'ler SWM. We've successfully gotten HD reception as far north as Calgary and as far north and east as Prince Edward Island. And to repeat the previous post, PBS is included with DNS but, unfortunately, only in SD (Downton Abbey looks better in HD).
docj 12/30/14 05:55pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

We were told by a directv rep and on their website that we would have to have a.mobile plan and mobile equipment. There's no such thing as "mobile equipment", DirecTV installed a Genie HR44 in my MH replacing an HR22. They also converted my Trav'ler SK3005 to SWM at no charge.
docj 12/29/14 09:19pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Dish just seems much simpler to me...Cancel direct and go dish.... I have no idea why you think Dish is simpler. You need 2 satellites to get SD reception instead of one and you still need 3 satellites to get HD and the only device that will do that automatically is again a Trav'ler or an RF Mogul. The only advantage that I can see is that you can get HD with a dome, but that kind of system can only aim at one satellite at a time so it's pretty useless if you have a DVR and like to be able to record one channel while recording another.
docj 12/29/14 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Neighbor gave me a DVR for Directv, will I be able to use it

you want to use a DVR from DISH with your Direct Service ? Read the OP carefully. The neighbor is switching from DirecTV to Dish and has this receiver to give him.
docj 12/29/14 12:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Neighbor gave me a DVR for Directv, will I be able to use it

They will probably "let" you use it for a monthly fee. You will have to pay the "advanced device" (DVR) fee and also the HD fee (if it is a high def receiver/DVR). The HD fee has to be paid even if you are not receiving HD because you don't own an HD dish.
docj 12/29/14 11:18am Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV

Just wanting to add some input here. All HD receivers can get standard definition as long as DirecTV is broadcasting the channel you want to watch in standard definition. This receiver compatibility list with all our DirecTV satellite antennas should also be a help to everyone here. http://www.winegard.com/directv/satellite-antennas.php If you have the Genie at home, and want to use it with any other Winegard satellite antenna that is not the SK-SWM3, you will need a SWM kit. We sell it for $189.99 and the model number is SWM-840. This will allow you to use the Genie, or any other SWM-only receiver box with a non-SWM satellite antenna. No offense to the good folks at Winegard, but the same parts can be obtained for significantly less if you buy them from Amazon. All that's needed is a SWM8 switch and a PI-29 power inserter. Winegard provides the necessary instructions here: Using Winegard satellite hardware with SWM
docj 12/29/14 11:14am Technology Corner
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