Secrets of the DirecTV OTA Tuner

Behold! I am about to reveal to you the secrets of how to integrate over the air (OTA) channels into your DirecTV guide using the DirecTV AM21N TV Tuner. In addition, you will be able to record these OTA channels just as if they were DirecTV channels and share them using your Genie Minis.

First, you will need to determine if you can receive OTA channels via an antenna where you live. I was fortunate to have a neighbor who had cut the cord and was receiving crystal clear OTA channels using a homemade antenna he had installed in his attic. If you don’t have a friendly neighbor receiving OTA channels, try the TV Fool to determine what channels are available where you live. I chose to purchase the RCA ANT751 Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna and installed it in my attic to protect it from the weather.

I receive local channels with my DirecTV subscription; why do I need OTA channels?

There are two reasons to consider using an antenna in addition to your satellite receiver. During bad weather, your satellite signal can be knocked off the air, while you still may be able to receive broadcasts via the antenna. This is important for those of us who live in areas of the country where foul weather can pose a definite hazard and where staying on top of the weather via TV could save your life. Next, you can take advantage of OTA channels that DirecTV does not broadcast. In my area, I am receiving eight additional local channels that DirecTV does not currently handle. These channels cover local weather, additional public TV programming, and ME TV, which broadcasts older programs from the ’60s through the ’90s. Again, the stations you will receive will depend on where you live, what is being broadcast, and how close you are to the broadcast antennas.

The directions that come with the DirecTV AM21N are easy to follow and setup is a snap. By merely connecting your OTA antenna to the AM21N and then connecting your AM21N to your DirecTV satellite box, you should be ready to go. When you turn on your DirecTV satellite box, the AM21N will turn on automatically; once you use the menu to setup the additional channels on your guide, you will be ready to watch your expanded channel lineup.

Secrets of the DirecTV over the air Tuner
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Aukey Monster Battery Pack = Big Charge

You’re a roving air warrior who regularly travels from airport to airport? Well, I can tell you from experience that the Aukey Monster Battery Pack is a fantastic piece of hardware for keeping your USB-connected portable devices charged and ready to go. No matter what device you love — from smartphone to tablet — this thing can handle the job.

Aukey Monster Battery Pack = Big Charge
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How well does this big ol’ battery work on the road? On a recent trip I was able to charge two Nexus 4 phones, a Google Nexus 7, an Apple iPad 3, and still had plenty of juice to charge both phones a second time. All of the devices were charged when their power dropped below 20% and were removed from the charger when they reached approximately 90% or more.

The only downside of the Aukey Monster Battery Pack is its weight and size. It weighs in at little under one pound, and its size is about 6″ long, 3″ wide, and 1/2″ thick. I carried this battery pack in my laptop case and did notice the extra heft, however, the convenience of its charging ability far offset the burden of its weight and size. This is a product that I would recommend to family and friends.

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Star Trek Red Shirt Dog Toy Sets Phaser to Fun

Unless you were written into the script as a recurring character on the original Star Trek series, donning a red shirt meant that you were likely destined for an untimely demise soon after beaming down on your first away mission.

The same holds true for pooch playthings that are similarly fashioned — like this Star Trek Red Shirt Dog Toy, for example. It’s plush, it squeaks, and it isn’t afraid to face the inevitable no matter how ferocious your canine companion happens to be.

Star Trek Red Shirt Dog Toy Sets Phaser on Fun
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Amazon Fire TV Stick Is Hot, Hot, Hot!

While I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for ages, the company keeps surprising me with new benefits every year. I took advantage of Amazon’s offer of an Amazon Fire TV Stick for only $19 and an early release date. My quick impression of this new product is that it is hot, hot, hot — and here are a few reasons why.


Amazon Fire TV Stick Is Hot, Hot, Hot!If you’re a Prime member, the Fire Stick TV is programmed with your account information, so it’s ready to go as soon as you open it. Each Fire TV Stick owner gets a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, and they only need to register for a new account or sign in with a current Amazon account.

Amazon Fire TV Stick plugs into any available HDMI port on your TV; just plug the adapter into an electrical outlet and follow the simple-to-follow, onscreen instructions. In my experience, setup took under five minutes — including connecting to my wireless network.

How It Works

A handheld remote is included with the new Fire TV Stick, and mastering it is extremely simple. In a matter of minutes, you’ll be whizzing through the menus and apps. The Amazon Fire TV Stick supports all of the major streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, Pandora, YouTube, and many more of your favorites.


The video display is perfect and streaming is flawless. There is absolutely no lag or slowdown. Audio is clear.

Overall Impression

I would highly recommend this product to a family member or friend.

The official Amazon Fire TV Stick release date is January 15, 2015, and it will retail for $39.00.

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Kikkerland Claire de Lune Moonlight Clock

Even if you believe that the moon is made of green cheese or you think that it’s really an elaborate Stanley Kubrick film set, there’s no denying that you’ve probably been struck with awe on more than one occasion by seeing our lunar companion beaming down from the inky night sky. That’s why the Kikkerland Claire de Lune Moonlight Clock makes a stunning addition to any room in your house for those times when you need a little awe in your life — day or night!

Authentic Lunar Image Moonlight Clock
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Chivalry’s a Day in the Park with the Knight Hoodie

Chivalry’s not dead. Heck, thanks to this official Knight Hoodie by ZBoss Inc, chivalry’s not even chilly. Care to disagree? Gawain, I dare you!

Properly attired when even the dining hall’s roaring spitfire can’t keep autumn’s cold dampness at bay, you can sit comfortably at a round table and gorge yourself on mutton — or whatever you errant types do before setting out on a quest for your liege. Its helmet piece is detachable should you find it hindering your ability to properly see the dragons you’re supposed to be slaying or the distressed damsels (or dudes) you’re supposed to be saving.

Chivalry's a Day in the Park with the Knight Hoodie
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Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn Vs. Jake

When in the Land of Ooo, we play Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn Vs. Jake! Who will win the coveted title of “Cool Guy,” and who will lose and be forever marked “Dweeb?” You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em…

Could be a great stocking stuffer for the Adventure Time and/or playing card fanatics among your friends and family this year.

Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn Vs. Jake
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Darth Vader Cookie Jar Finds Your Lack of Sweet Tooth Disturbing

“If the oatmeal raisin could be turned into chocolate chip, it would be a powerful ally.”

What’s 12 inches high, made of ceramic, hand-painted, and has a capacity for not only great evil, but also dozens of your grandmother’s (or Grand Moff’s) deliciously decadent cookies? This numbered, limited edition Darth Vader Cookie Jar, that’s what!

May The Force Be With Your Cookie Jar
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Blood Bath Shower Gel Makes Dirty Vampires Sparkle

Like most vampires, we love the ritual of hygiene and all that it entails. A sanguine shower is stupendous, but if you can find the time for it, a blood bath is blissful. That’s why this Blood Bath Shower Gel is such a delight in our household. Resembling a genuine blood transfusion pack, it dispenses a cherry-scented version of our most favorite fluid — 400ml of the stuff!

Clean up and sparkle on, you dirty vampire! I’m not even going to make a Twilight joke. Too easy.

Blood Bath Shower Gel Makes Grimy Vampires Sparkle
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LEGO 3MP Digital Camera for the Junior Nerd in All of Us

Sure, anybody can take photos with their smartphones these days (and anybody does). But it takes a truly fearless LEGO geek to venture onto the streets with an eye-blindingly colorful LEGO 3MP Digital Camera!

This thing has 3MP resolution (as you may have guessed from its very name), holds up to 80 photos, sports a 1.5″ LCD screen, includes flash and fixed focus, and easily connects to your computer with a USB cable.

LEGO 3MP Digital Camera for the Junior Nerd in All of Us
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SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife Will Melt Your Heart

Having your soft bread (also known as raw toast) ripped to shreds by fridge-chilled butter might be the epitome of first world problems, but it’s still a bummer when you just want to enjoy a quick and easy snack. That’s what makes the SpreadTHAT! Heated Butter Knife a small, but much appreciated miracle at any dining room table. Harnessing your own body heat, this handy little implement doesn’t even require electricity or batteries to work its butter (and heart) melting magic! It can even be used with peanut butter, Nutella, or any other spreadable foodstuff!

Body Heated Butter Knife Will Melt Your Heart
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Rainy Days Are Marvelous with a Marvel Comics Umbrella

Some people think that rainy days are a drag, but I would remind them that it’s all a matter of perspective. When you’ve got the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and other superheroes right over your head, protecting you from the dampness, you’re more apt to shout “bring it on!” to the elements above and look forward to those rainy days you once despised. That’s why the Marvel Comics Umbrella is a real game changer when you’re up against the season’s wet weather!

Rainy Days Are Marvelous with a Marvel Comics Umbrella
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Zombie Survival Bookends Keep Living Literature Safe

When you’re fighting off the undead hordes during the zombie apocalypse, do you prefer to hack or cleave your way to safety? This set of Zombie Survival Bookends lets you make that choice in defense of your favorite literature! The faux zombie survival books that keep your own books from getting mangled are only for show, so it’s hoped that the knowledge for making it in this world turned upside-down is already contained in that delicious brilliant brain of yours!

Zombie Survival Bookends Keep Living Literature Safe
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Every Friendly Neighborhood Needs a Spider-Man Buddies Backpack

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man always works hard to ensure that your neighborhood stays friendly; what better way to help his efforts than to carry a Spider-Man Buddies Backpack around with you on patrol your way to school or work? Sure, it may not help you round up bad guys for the proper authorities, but it’ll definitely protect your belongings from evil-doers. That’s a real buddy!

Every Friendly Neighborhood Needs a Spider-Man Buddies Backpack
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