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Was it ever possible to record cable TV shows with a VCR?

I never had cable TV growing up, so I'm curious if cable TV subscribers back in the (70s? 80s? 90s?) were able to schedule VCR recordings just like OTA users? Was it as "simple" as plugging your VCR into a cable set top box and programming the channels into the VCR so you could schedule a recording for HBO shows (or whatever paid cable show you wanted)? Or were HBO shows blocked from recording on VCRs somehow? (I remember you couldn't record just anything on a VCR -- there were ways to prevent a VCR from copying movies to prevent copyright infringement.) [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Oct 24, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me find the name of this movie or possibly tv show?

A friend of mine has a very hazy memory of a film or possibly tv show which she saw in the UK in the 80's. Here is the description - "It might be post apocalyptic and I seem to remember that everyone is vegetarian. There is a scene where a group of kids are camping away from the main village and they kill a rabbit (or find a dead one?) and dare one boy to eat some. He goes into a trance I think, or gets ill. There is something about monster people living in caves and they have very pale faces. There might be something about the moon in there too." Any ideas?
posted by gnuhavenpier on Oct 23, 2013 - 4 answers

I need more easy stuff to watch right before sleep.

So, I have about an hour before bed that I use to fold laundry or do the dishes. I like to listen/watch dumb procedural/medical/light scifi dramas, as I do so. Or, science/history documentaries that I can listen to, and not have to actually watch. [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Oct 21, 2013 - 43 answers

The land before infomercials...

It is the late eighties or early nineties and you are watching a late night movie on UHF. It features a "wanderer" type person with big religious/philosophical ideas, set in the modern US, and loopily incoherent/incompetent. Is this a trope, what are the examples? What are examples of seminal bad late night movies which aren't scifi/horror?
posted by ennui.bz on Oct 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Distractions from sadness

I'm going through a heavy streak of sadness (seasonal change/life issues/past issues) along with some extreme fatigue. I'm looking for engaging distractions that make the really bad days bearable. Books/TV/Movies, etc. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Oct 16, 2013 - 46 answers

Monitor size, resolution issues, with special snowflake

Finding the right monitor setup - prefer lower rez! [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Oct 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me fix an intermittent monitor fault

My husband and I bought two monitors a little over 12 months ago. They worked just fine for 6 months when his developed an intermittent fault. Essentially, the screen abruptly goes static-y and weird, and horrible noise comes out the speakers - I guess it should be described as interference. None of the controls work and it has to be powered down and back on again. Two months after his started going wrong, mine did too - exactly the same way. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Cliffhangerless TV shows

I enjoy watching TV before bed. I especially enjoy watching TV Netflix style preferring to watch a show from beginning to end one or two episodes a night. It can help me relax and make me ready to fall asleep. It can also wire me and keep me up all night. I've figured out that it's the shows with cliff hangers that wire me. Can you recommend TV shows that typically end with the story wrapped up nice and neatly at the end of most episodes. I have access to Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Dish Network. More details below: [more inside]
posted by jmsta on Oct 8, 2013 - 59 answers

Show me more Anime like "Clannad"

I just watched "Clannad" and "Clannad: After Story" (the tv series) and it was amazing. Please tell me about more things like that. They can be tv or movies, anime or not anime, as long as they have the same feel. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 8, 2013 - 9 answers

What TV has good sound?

I finally upgraded my Direct TV service, the old Tivo bit the dust. So naturally I'm looking to upgrade the television... [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 6, 2013 - 12 answers

How to find a very old Japanese animation series

In the mid to late 1960s, early morning Saturday television included -- I believe in the very early morning, before the regular Tom and Jerry etc -- a Japanese animated series that looked nothing like contemporary anime. It was all set in a regal Japanese past with women wearing kimonos, ornate animation of detailed old-fashioned Japanese houses, etc. The only possible detail we have is a faintly remembered character name that was something like "Shushan." Is there any possible way to find out what this show was? Any suggested googling hints?
posted by third rail on Oct 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Please recommend a TV stand for a 60" TV

I just got a new 60" TV and am looking to get a stand to go with it to replace my current rickety setup. Any help or recommendations appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Getting cable to watch the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special at home

We would like to watch "The Day of the Doctor" in our home on our TV during its initial broadcast on Nov. 23. We have a television. We do not have cable television. The only way we will be able to watch in our home during the simulcast is to get cable TV. (Optimum is the provider in our area; they provide our cable internet.) Is it possible to get cable TV for just one month? How simple is it to do? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 2, 2013 - 24 answers

Tell Me The Best TV Shows About Rich People

I love watching television about rich people. What shows should I be watching? [more inside]
posted by kate blank on Sep 27, 2013 - 46 answers

What national TV programs have featured candlepin bowling?

Have any nationally-broadcast fictional TV programs (sitcoms, big 4 dramas, etc) featured candlepin bowling? New England sitcoms seem like they'd be fertile ground for this, but Cheers's From Beer To Eternity is big-ball bowling, and while Google tells me that Newhart had an episode in which Stephanie discovers she likes bowling, I can't seem to find whether it's real bowling or big-ball bowling.
posted by Greg Nog on Sep 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Wrote TV Spec Script, Now What?

So, I finished the first draft of a TV spec script this week. I checked to see if the show even looks at spec scripts (it does) and I got a bunch of scripts off the show to study the style and length, etc. Now what?* The only writing gigs I've gotten before have either been people coming to me, self-publishing, or people with their own agents bringing me in as part of a package deal. My only experience with the slush pile is cartoon selling (and I've done well there in so far as you can). I don't have representation of my own. After the writing part of writing is done, how does the selling part go - at least for US TV? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 20, 2013 - 16 answers

Why will Comcast only let you pause something for 5 minutes?

Why will Comcast only let you pause something for 5 minutes? [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse on Sep 18, 2013 - 11 answers

What song did Gail Davis sing?

I need some help from the fans of TV’s Annie Oakley, Gail Davis. My mom sort of remembers a song that Davis sang either at the end of her shows or on a show. Sounds like a lullabye to me. The words are something like “Go to sleep baby, your mama and daddy love you very much.” Anyone know this song?
posted by bryon on Sep 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Don't take it personally, babe, it just ain't your story

Are there any films/tv which do this: have a moment where it seems like a character is breaking the 4th wall and speaking directly to the camera/audience only to have the camera pull back to reveal the person they were actually talking to? [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Sep 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Which radio NFL announcing teams should I check out?

In an attempt to cut the cable cord, I'm using NFL Gamepass this year. My favorite feature so far is the ability to switch between the televised broadcast audio to the home and away teams' radio audio during the game. (I only get the tv audio on rewatch.) So who should I listen to? Is there a Vin Scully equivalent I'm missing out on? Or is there a tv broadcast pair that I should always listen to, no matter what?
posted by zix on Sep 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Recommendation for series like Coffee Prince?

I really liked Coffee Prince, and now I'm looking for more series to try. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

This is not a drill, I repeat, this is NOT a drill.

What's on TV while the atomic bombs are in flight? [more inside]
posted by sexyrobot on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Apple TV 2 & Home Sharing Hell

I have an ATV2. It asks me to turn on home sharing. I do. ATV insists that i turn on home sharing. It worked in my previous location excepting a few times, where I just unplugged the router and ATV and replugged back in. It worked here on initial setup the first try but a few days later this whole stuff happens. It worked again only after I did a complete factory reset. I have read many of the threads online and perhaps it is a bit of daftness on my part. This previous thread on mefi helped the gentleman with his question. I didn't actually understand it very well. I have an iMac running Snow Leopard. The ATV does connect to Netflix and all other things. Just not my computer. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Sep 9, 2013 - 10 answers

TV in novels?

What novels and short stories do a good job of depicting television? Mostly I'm interested in characters watching TV, but I'll also accept answers like 1984—where (a slightly different version of) TV plays a major role in the plot.
posted by Hoenikker on Sep 8, 2013 - 23 answers

"Futuristic" 1990s instant soup ad from Latin America

I'm trying to track down a television ad for instant soup that aired in Latin America in the 1990s. A young woman arrives home, prepares the advertiser's instant soup, and sits down to eat in front of a computer. On the screen, a man is waiting to welcome her to dinner, which was science fiction when the commercial aired. [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Sep 4, 2013 - 4 answers

I KNOW I've heard this somewhere...

I'm trying to find where this quote comes from on behalf of a rapt and extremely frustrated knitting forum. This may not be completely accurate, but the gist of it is: "I wanted Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald, not Pretty in Pink Molly Ringwald." [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Sep 3, 2013 - 58 answers

Identify this reality-bending TV show episode

I once saw a show, which I remember as being from The Outer Limits, where two people discover that reality isn't as they thought. [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I adjust the sound sync on my TV?

When I watch TV, the sound is just a little bit off and it looks like everything is dubbed. What can I do about this? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Better sound, less space

Are TV sound bars a good solution? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Aug 20, 2013 - 7 answers

I need a new Terra Nova

What is another show on Netflix that is "Terra Nova" like and suitable for the entire family? [more inside]
posted by jseven on Aug 18, 2013 - 27 answers

What do we need to know before this reality show interviews us?

The producers of a very famous reality show* are going to be in my place of employment today, "casting" employees to be part of a possible new reality show. What do we need to know to before we talk to them? [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Aug 17, 2013 - 20 answers

TV Filter: Name That "Wings" Episode!

In which episode of "Wings" does Lowell pretend to be Fay's boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Aug 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Stream tv over wifi

Is it possible to stream a tv signal from my computer over wifi to a mobile android device? [more inside]
posted by peacay on Aug 15, 2013 - 18 answers

What are the best episodes of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood?

Thanks to 4ster I recently discovered that the entirety of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood is available on Amazon streaming. What are the best episodes and why? Where should we start?
posted by bq on Aug 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Up close vs. far away

I am looking for movie/TV scenes in which the audience or characters think that something is one thing up close, but realize that it is something different from further away. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Using the Vizio Co-Star Remote with my TV Connected PC?

Hive mind, I beseech thee: Please assist me in using my Vizio Co-Star Remote (I don't care about the Co-Star itself) with my PC via Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Aug 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Meme of tv or movie characters driving someone out to a remote location

How many instances in television and film can the hive mind come up with that involve a character driving someone out to the desert (or some other remote location) to kill them, often having the victim (who is usually someone who has wronged the character, or can't be convicted in a court of law), dig a hole, only ending up unable to actually murder them?
posted by agregoli on Jul 31, 2013 - 32 answers

Need Help IDing Childhood Televised Nightmare Fuel

Two late night, basic cable TV/movie scenes, one involving death in front of children, and the other depicting the death of a child. Morbid details inside. [more inside]
posted by jpolorolu on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I connect PC/TV/Surround sound so they all play nice together?

A year ago, I bought a new TV with HDMI capability and hooked it up to my PC to work as a monitor (with a straight HDMI cable connection). IT. IS. AWESOME. I just moved into a new place with more room and now want to connect my surround sound system (5 speakers) to this setup as well. This is the receiver I'm considering purchasing and from what I can tell, will do what I need. Extra potentially pertinent info: I want my setup to allow me to use the surround sound at all times (when watching broadcast TV, when using the TV as the PC monitor, when using the BluRay player and when using the Wii (this is the least important)). I'm assuming the TV will connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and the PC will also connect to the receiver (via HDMI) and all other hook-ups will remain as-is. Thanks in advance for any advice or tips on how to make this easy! This will be my dream setup so I'm excited to get it right.
posted by Twicketface on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

What are good representative episodes of popular television shows?

If you wanted to explain to someone what a certain popular television show was (or is) like, which episodes would you recommend as examples? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Crochet telly

I've just finished Desperate Housewives, which was the perfect show for lunchtime crocheting. Looking for a replacement which has the same qualities I enjoyed in that show - and bonus points if it's something 80s or 90s that I was too young/British to see first time out! [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 22, 2013 - 40 answers

Dystopian ITV or BBC pilot from 1980s?

I am trying to locate a MeFi link from perhaps a year ago to a cancelled or unaired ITV/BBC pilot from the 1980s, and none of my MeFi/google/youTube searches in the past hour has unearthed it. Please help! [more inside]
posted by dickyvibe on Jul 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Watch your vegetables first, then dessert

My ten year old wants to spend most of her summer days on the couch streaming TV over our roku. It is a zillion degrees outside with 200% humidity, so I sort of understand the couch potato impulse. How can I direct her so that her couch potato time doesn't spud her brain? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 16, 2013 - 23 answers

Mini DisplayPort to TV's VGA or DVI FEMALE - cannot find a cable!

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro with a Mini DisplayPort, and a flatscreen tv that has DVI and VGA input ports. I cannot find a cable for sale that will let me hook the computer up to display the desktop on the TV. (pics of ports inside) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jul 14, 2013 - 7 answers

New Zealand films/TV shows

Please recommend to me some movies or TV shows set in or filmed in New Zealand! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jul 11, 2013 - 35 answers

What is this tv show?

Looking for a TV show, was on some PBS station a few months ago, likely 'Masterpiece', or 'Mystery' or whatever they are calling it nowadays. So, likely British. A mystery, I think set in early 20th century. Main protagonist/mystery solver is a lady in her 30s? 40s?, she is wealthy. She ends up hiring an assistant/maid who is very relgious, even being afraid of a telephone because she was told it was the work of Satan, but ends up overcoming that fear. The episode I saw had a attempted murder by Turkish Bath of the main character, and some (fake?) abortion provider main theme, with perhaps drug smuggling thrown in. There is, of course, an exasperated police inspector and the end of the show has the main character sitting aaround with her confederates INA restaurant drinking champaign deciding to officially start aa detective agency
posted by edgeways on Jul 11, 2013 - 6 answers

I want to find a good HD antenna for my tv

I have cable for the internet and a basic cable package. I want to just keep my internet but get rid of the cable tv and go with an antenna package for HDTV. I have Roku and Tivo, now to tie this in with a cool antenna and associated hardware to save a few bucks! Any tips or suggestions for an antenna novice would be appreciated,thanks.
posted by Upon Further Review on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Kid friendly grown up movies/TV?

My 10 and 8 year old daughters adored The Nr. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (the TV series). What other made-for-adults movies or TV could we watch together? [more inside]
posted by sively on Jul 11, 2013 - 46 answers

Best TV shows to half pay attention to?

I spend a lot of time drawing and painting. I like to sort of half-watch TV while I do this, mostly listening while looking at whatever I'm working on and occasionally glancing at the screen. What TV series are good for this? [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Jul 10, 2013 - 36 answers

Help me find TV Shows (Live Action) for tween boys

My tween boy has been looking for live-action television shows that are boy-orientated to watch in the hour or two he watches tv on any given night. He's watched Kickin it, Lab Rats, Pair of Kings, etc. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk on Jul 10, 2013 - 20 answers

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