Posted on April 14th, 2014, by Michael
Announcing cheaper shipping options to Alaska and Hawaii, via USPS Priority Mail!
While we wish we could afford to extend our free shipping promotion to customers in Alaska and Hawaii, we just don’t have that much profit in sales to be able to pull that off (maybe that’s a good thing?).
But we are now shipping larger boxes to these two wonderful states via USPS, so that method can bring the costs down plenty. Further, we are adding in a subsidy to lower these rates even further by about as much as we spend on our free ground shipping promotion in the continental states, so AK and HI residents will get the benefit of that discount.
It’s all live in our shopping cart – add in your items and address and you’ll get a rate calculated live.
Posted on April 9th, 2014, by Jeff
A couple of months ago, we posted about a problem impacting Series1 TiVo units. Specifically, these units are not able to complete setup and get an error message, “Failed while loading series.” For over two months now, TiVo has been working on the problem and has given us every indication that it will be resolved. Unfortunately, that day has not yet come. TiVo recently acknowledged the issue on their website, saying that “TiVo is developing a solution to [be] made available as soon as possible.” We hope and expect the fix to be implemented any day now.
Posted on March 6th, 2014, by Jeff
After a very long wait, we are finally shipping the new DIRECTV C41W wireless Genie Mini (C41W) and the required DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB). The Wireless Genie Mini will allow you to get DIRECTV satellite signal to a TV in your home that does not have a coaxial connection to the dish or to a single-wire multiswitch (SWM). The WVB, sold separately from the C41, gets connected to an open port on a SWM splitter and provides DIRECTV signal wirelessly, up to 80 ft, to the C41W. The C41W can be connected to your TV via HDMI (cable included), component (cable sold separately) or composite (sold separately). The C41W comes with an IR/RF remote (RC71), so you can mount the C41W behind a TV or in a cabinet. Together, the C41W and WVB work over a network entirely separate from your home Internet/broadband network, so the video traffic has minimal or no impact on your standard Internet traffic. In fact, no actual connection to the Internet is required for the C41W/WVB to function.
You can have up to 8 Genie Minis (combination of C31, C41, C41W) on your account, but only 3 can be active simultaneously. The C41W, like the C31/C41, require a DIRECTV Genie (HR34, HR44) to function.
If you have a large home, you can use multiple WVBs to connect to multiple C41Ws. The C41W and the WVB require an open port on a SWM or SWM splitter, but neither takes up a SWM tuner allocation.
We will be adding additional information on our website as it becomes available, but in the meantime, feel free to email any questions.
Side of DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB)
Back of DIRECTV Wireless Video Bridge (WVB)
Back of C41W
Front of C41W
Posted on February 21st, 2014, by Michael
If you like the idea of reducing your monthly costs, but still getting TV from the major broadcast networks, and still being able to record it, we’ve got some great solutions.
We’ve started carrying the Mohu Leaf antenna. This is a very easy to install, indoor HDTV OTA unit. It’s shaped basically like a piece of paper, and it’s white on one side and black on the other to blend in with most rooms.
Pair that with a TiVo DVR that receives OTA and has lifetime service, and you’ve got a great HD DVR that can record broadcast networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and tons more – with no monthly fees!
See our website for more details about TiVo DVRs for cord-cutters.
Posted on February 5th, 2014, by Jeff
Series1 TiVo units are getting the error “Failed while Loading Series” when making the first call during setup. We have informed TiVo engineers of the problem and have provided them with information that we hope will enable them to fix the problem quickly.
If you are experiencing this problem, the only solution, unfortunately, is to wait it out.
Until the problem is resolved, if you have a Series1 TiVo (Philips HDR-series or Sony SVR-2000), we suggest that you do not enter the Guided Setup process unless/until the issue is resolved.