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Remote control for computer? I watch TV on my computer now,

Hi Hivemind, so I got a Google chromebase (like a computer, only internet) in the bedroom now to watch tv. is there a remote I can buy? I thought I read that people were using their chromebase as an alarm clock, so I figure there must be a remoter control out there, so that I can watch the computer from bed. thanks!
posted by cheetahchick on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Displaying on TV from computer

I would like for my TV to display streaming video from my computer. How do I hook this up? [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Mar 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Looking for list(s) of upcoming movies to be shown on tv

I'm looking for a website with list(s) of movies that are upcoming on tv so that I can set my dvr to record the ones that I'd like to see. I'm looking for lists that are either specific to one channel (so I can look at each channel separately), or one that could contain only the channels in my Directv package (so that I don't have to pick through ones that I can't record due to not being subscribed to the channel they're playing on). I'd be happy going through multiple lists (one for each channel, like FX, ABC, IFC, etc.), but it would be great to have a list with only the channels I get. Thanks!
posted by atm on Mar 14, 2015 - 9 answers

What's a guest star?

How is it determined that an actor will be billed as a "guest star," and are there union or guild regulations that control such screen credits? [more inside]
posted by layceepee on Mar 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Because you enjoyed ...

I am working on diversifying my pop culture experience and am feeling limited by what Netflix thinks I should watch. Please recommend some of your favorite movies, TV shows, and documentaries streaming on Netflix that would help me expand my pop culture diet - especially if they are directed by/acted by/about women, people of color, and people outside the upper middle class New York/LA milieu.
posted by ChuraChura on Mar 11, 2015 - 38 answers

Name this made-for-TV movie: Two kids steal a bus...

I'm wasting a question on this because otherwise I might go insane. Late 1970s, early 1980s, made-for-TV movie about two kids who steal a school bus. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Do microwaves still screw up other electronics?

My current house room setup doesn't make sense, and I'd like to move the media room to a different location. However, the only available wall for for TV/Xbox/Etc, is the wall that divides the kitchen and the living room; so the TV would be hung on the same wall as the microwave and stove, but on the other side, in a different room. (If that makes sense.) Is interference still a thing, or is most equipment shielded enough that this idea isn't a problem?
posted by dejah420 on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

The Tragedy: A Middle Aged Man's Wife Won't Let Him Have a Bigger TV

I have a couple questions regarding the purchase of a new (and our first) television. Mainly, what size should we get, and then of course which model. Our budget is probably around $700 for the TV itself. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Mar 9, 2015 - 35 answers

I Am Taggart: A Memoir by Jason Nesmith

Lots of genre TV stars have written memoirs, but do any of them go into detail about life on the convention circuit? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Masculinity Building Workshops and Techniques

Hi Brilliant People! I'm researching organizations and leaders in communities of people who are anti-feminist and working to preserve male supremacy, masculinity building for men who may be viewed as weak and techniques used to promote these ways of thinking. Actual people and organizations doing this would be helpful. Also any depictions in film, tv, literature, etc. would be great. Also, any new stories you know of men who have been traumatized by this kind of treatment. Thanks so much!!!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Mar 2, 2015 - 16 answers

What are these weird "crosshair" video screens I have seen at airports?

In the terminals of a few airports I've been to (CLT, BOS, maybe YYZ?), I have seen screens playing video advertisements on the walls of the terminals that don't look like the typical LCD or plasma TV. They seem to consist of four rectangles arranged 2x2, essentially forming one "screen", with a small gap between each panel. There is no "frame" around each panel like a normal TV - I just appears to be four screens by themselves. Also, the panels appeared unusually bright. The image did not appear to be projected from elsewhere. What are these devices called?
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Resources for movies coming to TV.

I subscribe to every premium channel out there. Theoretically, I should get access to every movie that comes out, but in practice I wind up missing most movies when they are released to tv. Is there a resource that lists all new movies coming to tv by week or month? A service which will notify me when a movie comes to tv?
posted by derivation on Feb 23, 2015 - 3 answers

Pew-Pew

No spoilers please! In Stargate SG-1 how full of fighting and shooting is it? We've watched the original movie and the first (double) episode and we're wondering if it maintains this level of gunfire, explosions, and flailing bodies. Feel free to compare it to other sci-fi series, as we've likely seen them.
posted by nadawi on Feb 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Escape from the pyramid of Dooom

I've seen a few silly shows recently (e.g. the film of "Mr Peabody and Sherman" and I think an episode of kids show "Bubble Guppies"), where our heroes have escaped from a pyramid full of traps in a boat which shoots out of the pyramid and lands on the sand. Does this have any basis in anything? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Feb 21, 2015 - 4 answers

I want to watch really calm things.

Give me super placid media to engage with. Relaxing, tranquil, serene. TV, movies, and video games are all fine. Some examples would be Bee and PuppyCat, anything by Studio Ghibli and Knytt respectively. To be clear, however: I don't want stuff I can engage with mindlessly. I want stuff that I can pay attention to and follow along with and are interesting or humorous or even a teeny bit dramatic, but which are pleasurably slow-paced. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Feb 20, 2015 - 62 answers

Best less-scary X-Files episodes?

My wife (and I) would like to catch up on the X-Files. However, she doesn't really like things that are too scary. However! One of her favorite shows of all time is Fringe, which had its own fair share of scary moments. Fringe never really scared her too much. So, with that in mind...what are the best X-Files episodes which won't give her nightmares?
posted by Sticherbeast on Feb 8, 2015 - 21 answers

Looking to identify an anime show or movie I saw the end of

While I was living in Japan I used to catch bits of shows late at night after getting home. One I saw about 15 minutes of was really intriguing and I haven't been able to identify it. [more inside]
posted by Hoopo on Jan 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Needz mawr electronic content

My wife is having surgery this month which comes with a likely long recovery period. To help get her through this time we are looking at stocking up on new TV series and podcasts to keep her mind occupied during this time (aka electronic content!). What gripping-crime-drama TV series or that's-a-cool-idea-I-never-heard-about-before podcasts would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Jan 23, 2015 - 48 answers

Where is your TV?

My potential apartment is small and has a large fireplace where a TV would normally go. Where can I put my TV? Suggestions for decorating a small apartment appreciated too! [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Jan 15, 2015 - 18 answers

Replacement for NimbleTV?

Finally was happily using NimbleTV as a DVR alternative with Roku, and now the company is "regrouping" aka service is dead. Is there anything like it that I can use to record and play back tv? Limitations: must be compatible with ClearQAM (no cable card or box). Already tried and failed with SimpleTV and Tivo. I have Roku 3 and an external 1TB drive that I bought for the Simpletv but wasn't able to use. Me, Previously
posted by rmless on Jan 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for the name of a play on TV in the UK - probably in the 1960s

From memory it was recorded in Black and White and probably from the 19060s. I saw some of the play on TV about two or three years ago and I didn't catch the name or the writer. At a guess, it was probably originally on BBC TV from the days before there was colour television - which would place it in the 1960s. I don't think it was from the 1950s because there was an air of modernity about the furniture, coats, dresses - I think. It was set in house or modern apartment with modern styling and the whole play may have been silent - as in no spoken words - just gestures and expressions or perhaps the characters mouthed words. We get to see into the psychology of the individuals - jealousy, fear, arrogance, disappointment - all of it under a veneer of civility. The way people moved around in it, it was almost like a ballet - the whole thing was very styled and unnatural - but meant to insightful and realistic about the inner workings of how people interact. [more inside]
posted by Quillcards on Jan 11, 2015 - 7 answers

How staged/fake is MasterChef Junior?

On the recommendation of several friends I watched the entire last season of Masterchef Junior (US), and I was amazed at what 8-12 year olds on the show were doing, but part of me wonders how real the show really was. I've googled and can't find much beyond people saying it's fake and others saying it's real. Is there more info I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 10, 2015 - 30 answers

What makes a drug a drug?

...or maybe what makes a drug it an addictive drug? In the way that there are checklists for psychological disorders, is there some kind of checklist of parameters that qualify a substance to be an addictive drug...or...I'm still not sure "addictive drug" is the right description. Well, what I'm really trying figure out is: Besides the fact that it's not a substance, can television be considered a drug? Maybe another way of asking is: What is the behavior of an addictive drug?
posted by SampleSize on Jan 1, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I connect speakers to a receiver with coaxial & hdmi outputs?

Is it possible to pull audio to a external speaker set in a affordable hack or method? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Dec 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me fix my entertainment system.

AV experts, can you help me? I set up my current home entertainment system 11 years ago, and it's worked well for me. Now it is failing, and consumer electronics have moved on. I can't just replace the failing component with a new one because it is not being manufactured any longer, and I only need some parts of it. I'm having trouble integrating new things into the old setup. I need to upgrade/reconfigure my AV, and possibly wireless. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Dec 30, 2014 - 9 answers

80's Computer Animated Morning T.V show

Trying to remember a Saturday morning T.V. show, my brain dump is inside: [more inside]
posted by Busmick on Dec 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Twisted and weird, disturbing but not gory

If I like(d) The Babadook, Confessions, Under the Skin, Gone Girl, and Welcome to Night Vale, what should I read/watch/listen to next? [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Dec 21, 2014 - 26 answers

Set Top Streaming Box for Classic Cinema

I'm looking for a device to give my elderly parents for the holidays to help them reduce their TV costs. I expect to have to buy them a few subscriptions too. They aren't technophobes (in fact my step-mom is a very quick study) but the interface has to be at least a little bit intuitive, and most importantly, I need to get her as much "classic cinema" as I can. [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 answers

How well do dime-sized TV antennas (like the ones Aereo used) work?

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know why no one sells a dime-sized TV antenna like the kind Aereo used in its datacenters? Or does anyone know where I might buy some? Or.. how well they work? (I assume they work since plenty of people bought Aereo's service and were happy with it... until it got shut down.) [more inside]
posted by lostguy on Dec 10, 2014 - 16 answers

A television, but please no TV

We have one TV and several devices (Windows, IOS, laptops, tablets, phones). We have no cable service, no antenna, dish, no DVR, no VCR, etc., and we don't want them. We receive all the content we want on our devices, via broadband. We just want to play that content on our TV. Without wires. So ... we need hardware to pick up a wireless signal from our devices and transmit it, via a wire, to the TV. What hardware is that?
posted by LonnieK on Dec 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Can I slave a Drobo to a Bluray player to a TV screen?

Seems like a pretty easy to navigate digital video solution: Drobo with digital video files, USB to Bluray player, HDMI to TV. Can you suggest a specific model Bluray player that will accommodate this use? I REALLY need to shift my DVD collection to some kind of HDD-based (I think?) system, but ease of navigation and simplicity of set-up is very important to me. If I am barking up the wrong tree, please suggest a more appropriate solution.
posted by Exchequer on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Blog reviewing games of chess in fiction?

I'm sure I remember reading some entries from a blog that pithily reviewed games of chess from fiction (novels, TV shows, movies) for plausibility and quality, but I'm coming up with nothing when I google for it. [more inside]
posted by spielzebub on Dec 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Teach my A/V receiver not to care if the TV's on

I have an Onkyo HT-R290 A/V receiver which receives HDMI inputs and passes them on to a Philips 47PFL7403D TV. The sound pops in and out when the power state of the TV changes, and I'd rather it not. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Dec 5, 2014 - 4 answers

First cartoons for young toddlers

Our little big boy is 1.5yrs old and we think it's time to relax the "no TV" rule and let him start watching cartoons. Please give us your recommendations! [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Dec 3, 2014 - 40 answers

Licensing for inflight entertainment

How do airlines pick, buy, and/or license inflight entertainment? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2014 - 5 answers

What's up with the Eleventh Doctor?

I am about halfway into season 5 of "new" Dr. Who (first season with Matt Smith) and I am not liking it so far. Will the things that I don't like about it change? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Nov 27, 2014 - 24 answers

Best Sci-Fi/Supernatural Shows I've Never Heard Of?

There are a million of these questions, but none with my particular set of preferences, so here goes. I'm looking for great sci-fi/supernatural TV shows (e.g. Star Trek/Buffy), weird comedies, or violent dude soap operas (e.g. Sons of Anarchy). Many more details within! [more inside]
posted by snaw on Nov 23, 2014 - 54 answers

Google fail: Episode of House Hunters International about Cambodia

I can't for the life of me find a copy of this episode online anywhere. I've emailed HGTV but can't think of anything else to do to find it. It's an older episode, from a season that's not on Amazon/Hulu or anything else that I can see. Here's a link to a mini-version of it: http://www.hgtv.com/shows/house-hunters-international/episodes/young-woman-empowers-girls-of-battambang-cambodia [more inside]
posted by peripatew on Nov 18, 2014 - 4 answers

In search of a Blu-ray player with specific apps

Is there a Blu-ray player with HBO Go and WWE Network? [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark on Nov 16, 2014 - 3 answers

In Search of Fantastic TV

I'm halfway through my sophomore year of college and I feel as though I've binge-watched every good TV show in existence. Surely this can't be true, though. This is why I need your help! [more inside]
posted by ourt on Nov 15, 2014 - 61 answers

How was this camerawork achieved?

Please watch the sequence running from 32:24 to 33:19 in this episode of the BBC's Human Universe (which may be available only in the UK). It appears to be one unbroken take. My question is this: where was the camera positioned at each stage throughout that sequence? [more inside]
posted by Paul Slade on Nov 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Why should we sign up to be a "Nielsen Family"?

Someone stopped by and wants us to sign up to be a Nielsen family. She said they would install a device that connects to the audio output of the TV. In exchange there is a $50 gift card, some potential for more. Anyone ever do this? Seems like a hassle with little upside. Anything I'm missing?
posted by cosmac on Nov 5, 2014 - 31 answers

I'm going to be on TV! Help me look decent!

I just found out I'm going to be interviewed for a PR thing for my workplace tomorrow, and it will air on local news. Exciting! But I'm so worried I will look bloated/saggy/dull/sleepy or talk with a lisp or a weird accent or completely lose my mind and stare blankly at the camera, sweating. What are some tips to help me look, feel, and speak at my best? [more inside]
posted by elken on Nov 4, 2014 - 26 answers

How to get laptop activity to show up on TV (they're VGA-cable-connected

I just successfully used a VGA to VGA cable to connect my Toshiba Satellite 4-year-old laptop to my TV. Now I see the static desktop background on the TV. But... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Are there any salacious history books of 1970's gameshows?

So I met a guy who used to work on a few of the celeb shows of the 1970's - the Bert Convy, Jamie Farr, Young Betty White years. He was telling some stories that were equal parts shocking and hilarious. I was wondering: IS there some sort of oral history of the shows and all their craziness at the time BESIDES Confessions of Dangerous Mind? I'd love to read about it.
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Media without dark themes for 8-year-old?

I'm looking for books, TV shows, and movies that avoid dark or scary themes (especially the subject of death), but would still be interesting for a bright 8-year-old. Specific recommendations and wider resources are all welcome. [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Oct 29, 2014 - 43 answers

What's the best low-cost mini-PC/HTPC solution in 2014?

My wife and I watch a little bit of TV and are trying to figure out if there's a solution that uses the least amount of hardware and that's affordable for us. We are neither video nor audiophiles and thus 1080p etc. is not a crucial component for us, over minimizing cost, hardware and ease. [more inside]
posted by buoys in the hood on Oct 22, 2014 - 14 answers

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How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
posted by michaelh on Oct 17, 2014 - 9 answers

The Greatest Horror Movie Music Hits?

I'm looking for songs that aren't objectively scary or spooky, but due to their use in horror/slasher/whatever movies/TV, they're now associated with scary times. "Goodbye Horses" in Silence Of The Lambs would be the ideal with "Red Right Hand" in Scream just squeeking in.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Using an Android tv box - how many gb are used

I am considering the purchase of an android tv box but I have no idea how many gb of my 100 gb/month allotment would be used up on my internet service plan (using DSL modem). If for example, I was watching tv up to 3 hours daily would this exceed the 100 gb monthly limit? Second question - is there anyone using the magic box from redrhino entertainment - is it worth the premium price of a regular quad core box?
posted by DonM on Oct 12, 2014 - 3 answers

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