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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 - 6 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 - 8 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 - 24 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 - 13 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

Examples of Adoption in Film, TV and Theater

Hey There Everyone, I'm looking for examples in movies, TV, theater, fiction, non-fiction, etc. that show older children being rescued and adopted by people who they are not related to. Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Oct 9, 2014 - 36 answers

Which TV-show intro was this?!

Okay, so... it was a TV show in the US, in the '80s or early '90s. I'm fairly certain it was a sitcom. During the intro/ opening credits, there's a bit where one character is painting a wall or a door, and another character opens the door, and the first character rolls the paint roller over the other person's face. I can see this in my mind, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the show it came from. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on Oct 3, 2014 - 208 answers

Winter is COMING! What should I watch on Netflix?

Just got Canadian Netflix - loving it. But I need some help choosing what to watch this winter. Must satisfy both me and my guy.... [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Oct 2, 2014 - 40 answers

Television shopping

I don't have cable. Just wifi. What television should I buy? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Sep 30, 2014 - 14 answers

What exactly is ESPN 3?

My Comcast cable contract is up and I'm trying to decide if I want to cut the cord, or sign another contract in order to get my rate back down. The only thing not easily replaceable by Hulu / Netflix / Amazon is live sports. [more inside]
posted by COD on Sep 18, 2014 - 9 answers

"Real life" Reality Shows?

I need help with my netflix queue! I've always been a fan of "reality shows" that highlight a profession that isn't mine. Deadliest Catch and Dirty Jobs are probably the grand-daddies of this genre. Lately I've been watching "The Incredible Dr. Pol", which follows a big and small animal vet around, but I'm almost finished with that. What other shows are out there that I might like? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Sep 18, 2014 - 30 answers

Je ne suis pas un escroc.

There are countless films and TV shows (often but not always period pieces) that are set in France/Germany/Russia/Japan/etc but which feature an Anglophone cast, speaking English (with the occasional "bonjour" or whatever), playing French/German/Russian/Japanese/etc characters. What are some examples of the reverse? That is, non-English productions set in the US or UK, with e.g. French actors playing Richard Nixon or Queen Elizabeth?
posted by theodolite on Sep 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me get wireless TV, or at least not have guests break their legs?

Please help me understand my options for a wireless TV setup so I'm not sued by people tripping over the cable strung across the room and breaking their legs. I have DISH but they've been no help when I try to talk to them and paying $150 for a technician to come out and answer the question is absurd. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Sep 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Movies About Childbirth, Doulas, The Affect of Babies on Marriage

Hey There Brilliant People! Could you please send me any film, tv or play suggestions that are about women going through pregnancy, the affect that has on their marriage, and women who work with doulas and midwives while pregnant? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 4, 2014 - 10 answers

TV/Movie Identification

I have a vague memory of a character in a TV show or movie trying to guess a password that he forgot. The only hint he has is that the password is "something I like". The answer was something simple and stupid, like "candy". I can't remember where I saw this and it's going to drive me nuts. [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Aug 28, 2014 - 2 answers

LCD TV is unhappy

My Samsung LA37B530 has developed a pale cast to the image as though the brightness was set too high, and the smoothing of some colours is also not up to sniff. Basically, it no longer looks like proper HDTV. In the event that it was inadvertently adjusted, I reset it to standard factory settings. The problem persists. Any bright ideas? Thanks!
posted by Wolof on Aug 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Hulu plus list of web only content

I am a Hulu plus subscriber and tend to watch via my sony blu-ray player which I believe is an android based app. I also have a computer hooked up to my TV that I rarely use but I have noticed that quite a bit of good content on hulu is web only. The Hulu android app doesn't show web only shows unless you specifically search for them. Is there somewhere I can see a list of what is available on Hulu plus but is web only? I can't seem to find any.
posted by srboisvert on Aug 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Dinner conversation, what's that? Family Friendly TV suggestions.

Every night my 9 year old daughter asks to watch a movie while we eat dinner. We are big movie people, rarely ever watch commercial TV and don't have the Aussie version of cable, but we like to buy DVD TV series' or stream them. Some nights dinner is the perfect 'eat on the couch' meal, but a movie is too long if it's during the week. I am looking for some suggestions of shows we could all enjoy that are 30 minutes, or an hour. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Aug 10, 2014 - 20 answers

How do new TV shows get sent to other countries?

According to this entertainment news article, Channel 7 "will screen an episode on December 2 and another on December 3 - just hours after it airs in the USA." What does this process look like? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Audio compression of a broadcast TV signal causing problems?

Two of the broadcast channels in my area (think lower mid-market) have some serious audio issues described after the jump. Is it amateurish compression? [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Give me your Underdog stories!

I decided today that I absolutely love underdog stories. I love rooting for the little guy to come out on top. I love following along with their journey. Think Silicon Valley the TV Show or Halt and Catch Fire or the Bad News Bears, Mighty Ducks etc. What are your favorite underdog stories in books or film? Fiction is preferred for books, but either is fine for visual media.
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Aug 1, 2014 - 22 answers

Hurricane preparedness - When the power goes out

I have a battery operated NOAA weather radio, but can you recommend a battery operated small over-the-air (terrestrial) TV. I have looked at Amazon and found a RCA DHT235A 3.5-Inch LED-lit 720p 60Hz TV. Bonus if it can run off a 12V battery as well. (I am in N. Florida)
posted by lungtaworld on Jul 28, 2014 - 4 answers

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