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February 2, 2006

Fun with DirecTV

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The other night I was running on my treadmill for a change when I happened on channel 102 on DirecTV.

What's this? I wondered.

The channel's called "News Mix" (above).

There's a guy talking in a framed screen in the upper left and below him two rows of three screens, each with a live feed from one of six channels (Fox News, Headline News, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN and the Weather Channel).

Huh.

I moved up to channel 104 and there was Sports Mix (below),

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two rows of three screens each, this time with sports (ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network, Golf Channel, Speed and Outdoor Life Network).

On 111 was Kids Mix (below),

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same deal (Animal Planet, Disney, Toon Disney, Cartoon Network, Noggin and Nick).

With the remote you can move around the screen and highlight the channel whose audio you might want to hear.

Very nice distraction while running.

I felt important, like I was in the Situation Room or Mission Control, what with all those simultaneous feeds.

I like it.

More control in my hands and less in those of the men in the high castle

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is what it's all about.

No — how many times do I have to tell you?

It's not the Hokey–Pokey.

February 2, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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