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What is causing this inexplicable video problem with my monitor?

What is causing the strangest video error I have ever come across? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Nov 10, 2012 - 17 answers

There's no such thing as a free lunch...or so I thought.

How do cable shows that offer free video podcasts on iTunes make money off of my watching them if no ads are inserted? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Nov 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Broadcast TV over coax for free?

Is broadcast TV supposed to come in over coax when you're not paying for it? (or is it not actually coming over coax in the first place?) [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 answers

What type of internal usb computer cable do I need?

What type of internal computer cable do I need? [more inside]
posted by snowleopard on Oct 7, 2012 - 6 answers

How is DirecTV so cheap compared to "Cable?"

DirecTV seems too cheap to be true. Is it really a good deal vs. cable vs. fiber? [more inside]
posted by teriyaki_tornado on Oct 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Me love hockey!

I just called TWC to see if they'd offer some sort of retention deal - instead, right after saying "I'd like to cancel" the rep followed with "What day would you like us to pick up the equipment?" Crap. So right now we have someone scheduled to come out in a week, and we have to decide if we're going to call back and keep the cable service or really go through with this. (Or try this again?) We wouldn't even have cable were it not for our need of NHL coverage. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Sep 24, 2012 - 15 answers

We want football but not much else.

We're moving to a new place in DC and would like to explore television that includes watching NFL games and do not include just paying for a big ol' Comcast or DirectTV contract. Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by calcetinporfavor on Sep 16, 2012 - 8 answers

"Your incabulator is leaking, sir, and we need to realign it."

Comcast just called me and says that something in my house is feeding noise back into their system, and that I need to schedule someone to come out and look around at everything. Is this legit? [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Sep 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Google Fiber is only a scant 45 miles away. Jerks.

How do I find a high speed internet provider to install a line in a rural area? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me find my cable jack.

I can't find my cable jack. Help? [more inside]
posted by jcatus on Aug 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me hook up my cable box

Let's see if Mefi can help me hook up my cable when the cable company could not. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Aug 14, 2012 - 34 answers

Now how will I watch "MacGuffin: The Un-Findening"?

How do I tell Comcast I don't have a piece of equipment they claimed they sent me and avoid getting charged insane fees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

I could use smoke signals. Those are wireless.

My Internet connection is terrible. All efforts at tech support have failed. Could switching companies fix the problem? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Jul 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Pulling the plug on cable

I want to get rid of cable, but don't want to lose the content my wife and I like. There are too many options, so I need help piecing together the right setup. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jun 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Confused about Internet access

In two weeks, I start a new telecommuting job, and I need to set up my home office. I'm totally confused about Internet access, though, and I have some questions... [more inside]
posted by trillian on Jun 26, 2012 - 20 answers

Please help me understand cable internet technology.

Please help me understand cable technology. Why is it that my cable company can deliver hundreds of high quality TV channels but not an internet service that seems just as fast? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Jun 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server).

Need suggestions for a sub-$100 WiFi-router for a small house (which can also serve as a media server). [more inside]
posted by libbrichus on Jun 23, 2012 - 10 answers

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it?

I broke my friend's cable TV connection. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jun 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I use slingbox for my primary cable connection?

Should I use slingbox as a permanent cable replacement for primarily sports games? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on May 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Getting Cable -- You'd think Free=Good? No.

I'd like to sign up for cable and internet at my new house that I just bought. One problem: the previous owner is out of the country and he has yet to disconnect his service. How can I get (in this case Comcast) to allow me to start a new account at my house?
posted by sandmanwv on May 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Where to I find this Samsung LED TV component adapter cable?

A friend's got a Samsung LED TV which has two input jacks (appears to be the "3.5mm" type) for Component signal - 1 socket for video (red, green, blue) and 1 for audio (red, white). Problem is: where do I find these cable adapters so we can connect (5) component cables into these (2) input jacks? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 20, 2012 - 8 answers

A PC, a TV, a DVD ... and a CEO who needs to be heard

I have:
  1. a PC (a HP Compaq 6200 Pro Small Form Factor PC with VGA and dual-mode DisplayPort outputs)
  2. a TV (a Toshiba 55G310U - 55" class 1080p 120Hz LCD TV)
  3. a DVD of a company presentation that we need to play on this PC
  4. a room that seats 9
  5. … and a CEO who is coming very soon who needs the audio from the presentation to be clearly audible.
What do I need? [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Why is my internet download speed bumpy?

When I do a speed test on my cable modem why do the results look different in safe mode? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on May 12, 2012 - 8 answers

How can we watch live basketball at home, just for a month?

What's the cheapest way I can watch live basketball coverage in my one home? I'm in California, and a Charter cable internet customer. Complication: I only want a month of access. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 29, 2012 - 16 answers

What cable modem do I buy?

Which cable modem should I buy? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Repurposing Comcast cable box

Can I use an old Comcast digital cable box as a digital converter box to connect an antenna to an old analog TV? If not, is there anything interesting I can do with it beyond ebay?
posted by pilibeen on Apr 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Cool vertical cable drops?

Office design: What are some neat ways to get networking cables from the ceiling to a cubicle cluster? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Speed kills-- when watching tv.

Comcast vs. Direct TV (or Dish) -- what has the more responsive GUI, DVR and/or channel tuning?
posted by sandmanwv on Apr 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Macbook doesn't like HDMI anymore.

My Macbook's Mini-DVI port stopped working with an HDMI adapter, but it still works with a VGA adapter. Baffled. [more inside]
posted by signal on Feb 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Does anyone have a crafty way to manage your earbuds and cord for an iPhone/iPad?

Does anyone have a crafty way to manage your earbuds and cord for an iPhone/iPad? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Feb 23, 2012 - 30 answers

Apple TV in Canada: Yay or Nay?

Tell me everything about AppleTV in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Feb 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Can I transfer 360 data to an external hard drive?

Is there a way I can transfer over 4 gigs of data to a new 4 gig Xbox 360 console by using an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Feb 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How do we make our PBX grow with our company?

Where should I look and what should I look at for replacing our old Norstar/Meridian PBX? Should we replace the hardware or switch to a hosted solution? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me understand how DirecTV handles installations

Could you help me understand the structure and entities involved in DirecTV installation? This information I need pertains specifically to DirecTV, not to any other company. I'd like to know about the relationships between DirecTV and the companies and people who do the installations, and how the money flows between the various people and entities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Magsafe for the rest of us

How can I protect the USB ports of my device? [more inside]
posted by mhz on Jan 9, 2012 - 16 answers

How to watch the 2012 Olympics after cutting the cable

I'm paying too much for cable TV that I don't watch, and I am fortunate to have good broadband internet (both from Comcast in the US). There are only a few events my family and I care enough about seeing immediately on TV. The Tour de France and major league baseball are both usually available via internet subscription services. But what about the 2012 Olympics? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Jan 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Decent iPad/iPod cables?

Decent iPad/iPod cables? iPad and iPod usb cables infuriate me. The cables invariably fray at the connector junction, and the cable coating on several has simply disintegrated. Is there anywhere I can get solid iStuff cables that won't need replaced every 3 months? Preferably with some sort of reinforcement at the connector junctions? An Amazon search just gives me miles of what I presume is junk.
posted by monju_bosatsu on Dec 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Need a thick Aux-In Cable for my car.

I am looking for a new Aux-In Cable (3.5mm, male to male) to use my mp3 player in my car. I had a couple of cheaper retractable ones, but they usually break after a short period of use. I live in a cold climate and the cord gets cold in the car for long periods of time and I think this has an affect on its life. I have seen some people with thicker aux-in cables in their car and I have searched, but I can't seem to locate one for a decent price. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a thick (preferably white, but not critical) 3.5mm Aux-in cable?
posted by dbirchum on Nov 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How to watch Nov. 17 Jets vs. Broncos game in NYC

NY Jets/NFL Network issue. The Jets play the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Nov. 17. The game will be broadcast by the NFL Network. My cable provider, Time Warner, does not carry the NFL Network. What are my options for watching the game? I am in Manhattan. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

I plan on making custom USB cables and I need sources for parts.

I'm looking to buy a supply of cable that would be ideal for making USB cables. Also are there any suppliers for tips and ends that can supply to Canada? I'm tired of crappy usb cables that are never the lengths that I want them to be. [more inside]
posted by Chamunks on Nov 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Can my apartment complex restrict my acces to cable Internet?

Can my apartment keep me from receiving cable Internet from a 3rd party, if I don't order the apartment's basic cable plan? They shut off my Internet today, can they do this? Here's the deal - I moved in 2.5 months ago. the complex offers their own cable package through Time-Warner, for $45 dollars a month. I signed the paperwork to turn it down, but told them I planned on getting cable Internet. They never said I couldn't, or that it wasn't an option (there is only one cable company in the area, and DSL is available as an alternative). So the cable guy comes, hooks everything up, I have the Internet only for $29.95 a month, through Time-Warner, which i've been paying, to them. Sounds peachy, right? Not do much... [more inside]
posted by camdan on Oct 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Using Slingbox for ALL my TV viewing?

I had an idea in which I set up a Slingbox on a spare cable box at my parents' house and watch it on the TV at my house, thus eliminating my own need to subscribe to cable. Is this crazy enough to work? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona game, aside from the two schools' official alumni bars?

Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona -- aside from the "official" sports bars of the two schools' alumni groups? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Oct 1, 2011 - 2 answers

All micro usb cables are not created equal?

Why does the motorola branded micro usb cable that came with my droid phone both charge *AND* transfer data, but generic micro usb cables will only charge the phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

How to soften a stiff, bendy electronic cable?

Pet peeve: hardened, twisted electronic cables that come with brand new products. How can you soften them? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Sep 26, 2011 - 8 answers

OSX wifi connectivity issues.

OSX 10.6.8 on MBP doesn't seem to be playing well with Motorola SurfBoard SBG901. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 15, 2011 - 4 answers

How many daisies before the sound goes rotten?

If I connect my computer to a set of speakers using several sound cables (1/8 inch) daisy-chained together, will the sound degrade? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Sep 15, 2011 - 7 answers

it's possible Comedy Central just has a team of monkeys that choose both air times and late-night comedians completely at random

Why does the Daily Show always start ~5 minutes early? [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Sep 14, 2011 - 12 answers

But I know they're not Lost in the Trees

I heard this band I really liked when I was at work around 11pm central standard time, on Jimmy Fallon, two Fridays ago. They were a mostly African American band playing rock. I had my husband check the cable guide when he got home and he says that they were a band called Lost in the Trees. I looked them up and they are a white blue grass band. My google-fu has failed me. Who was this band I liked so much?
posted by Issithe on Sep 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Can you still buy a simple cable television setup?

I need a really simple digital cable television setup for my elderly, easily confused parent. [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Sep 11, 2011 - 11 answers

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