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How in the heck can I watch Oakland A's games live?

Haven't owned a TV ever since I got a projector, but now that I'm back in the US I'd like to catch Oakland A's games on local broadcast. How to do this as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

CableCard needed. Difficulty: Comcast

So, through a series of unfortunate events we've made the switch to Comcast for tv & internet. In conjunction with the switch, we got a new Tivo Roamio. In order to make it work, we need a CableCard. How can I get one as painlessly as possible? [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Jan 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Why are HD broadcasts at 720

(I could have some misconceptions regarding my question, so if so help me clear up my initial incorrect assertions.) It seems if most, if not all HD network broadcasts are 720p rather than the higher resolution 1080p. Why? Networks won't upgrade their cameras/transmission facilities? I spoke to my cable provider (Telus) and they assured me they could transmit higher resolution signals but the networks only provide them degraded quality feeds. Are there any networks that broadcast the higher quality signal?
posted by Keith Talent on Nov 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Cable television or like alternatives in Toronto?

With the change from the default broadcasting of cable signals in analog to digital, my mom has fallen into a terrible television conundrum and would like some advice on what the better/best alternatives are to Rogers Cable in Toronto. Can you help us out? The saga of what has been tried is inside. [more inside]
posted by machine on Oct 13, 2013 - 5 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

Long Lost Cable Channel

Can you help me find the name of a long lost 1980's/early 1990's cable channel or show? [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

How to get Comcast and Tivo to work together?

I have a Tivo Premiere. I have Comcast. How do I avoid throwing my TV out the window in frustration? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Which is truly better? Cable or Dish Network?

One of the longest-running modern-day battles is that of Cable vs. Dish Network. Both seem to basically offer the same stuff. Most everything I read says Dish Network offers everything Cable does, except it's cheaper. Which is better and why? Does Dish Network really go out when it rains or is cloudy? Do you have experience with both and a compelling reason for one over the other? Thanks in advance.
posted by dep on Jan 28, 2013 - 23 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

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

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

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

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

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

Where can I find cable TV?

I am interested in alternatives to traditional cable/satellite television. We only have one really bad cable provider in the area that I do not want to get cable from. Satellite TV is not what I want either for a variety of reasons. Netflix, iTunes and Amazon TV don't offer the shows I am interested in like Discovery Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, news channels, etc. Is there a way to stream this kind of programming from the internet? I am willing to pay for the service but I cannot find anywhere legitimate to get something like this from. Thanks
posted by qexcp on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Help stop static bars on my tv

What is causing these static bars with my television? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Aug 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Cut cable with AppleTV?

Is Apple TV the silver bullet I need to kick Comcast to the curb once and for all? Or is it an overhyped device that I have no need for? Help me decide to save or spend $100... [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Help Me with my Cable TV

Help me with my basic cable TV service from Comcast [more inside]
posted by tdalton on Jul 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Why does the quality of channels from my cable TV provider vary?

Why does the quality of channels from my cable TV provider vary? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Jun 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Tuning Out

Should I cancel cable? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey on Apr 13, 2010 - 67 answers

SYLVANIA VS UNIVERSAL REMOTE

Hello. I have lost my remote for my Sylvania SRT 2319 and am trying to program my Time Warner Universal remote to work with it. I have found the code and the remote will power on and off the TV but it will not control any other features. Any time I press the channel key or a number key the CBL (cable) device button blinks, like it's not registering as a TV button. Does that make sense? What can I do?
posted by madmamasmith on Jan 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Rogers or Bell for cable tv (Cake or death? Death or death?)

Toronto cable tv frustration: should I dump Rogers for Bell? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 17, 2009 - 6 answers

DirecTV, DishNetwork or uVerse?

Dish Network, DirecTV or uVerse? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Jun 30, 2009 - 16 answers

Easy Wireless Television?

How can my dad wirelessly connect a TV to cable television for under $500? [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder on May 10, 2009 - 2 answers

Putting the HD Back in HDTV

Can I watch television from my HD antenna and basic cable service together without much hassle? If not, how cheap is digital cable in Austin? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Feb 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Is HDMI hook up necessary for awesome High Def TV?

I have a new Samsung 1080/120hz hi def LCD yadda yadda yadda... The cable company provided RGB cable when they hooked up hi def cable. My question is whether or not I should get an HDMI cable. Does it make that much of a difference? It looks pretty darn good right now.
posted by zzazazz on Jan 6, 2009 - 23 answers

21st century technology in a 1960s house(hold).

Our house has no coaxial cable installed... but I want FiOS. Do I need to get something done before Verizon comes? How much will it cost? [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

One DVR to two TVs?

Is it possible to have just one DVR (Comcast Motorola, FWIW) and run it to two different TVs, with all functionality intact and accessible from either set? If not, what's a good set-up for what I'd like to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Dec 30, 2008 - 11 answers

NTSC needs to die, already.

My LCD TV, capable of displaying up to 720p content, doesn't (properly) deinterlace 480i cable content. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Aug 27, 2008 - 5 answers

What are the best options for cable TV + Internet in Chicago?

What are the best options for cable TV + Internet in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Jul 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Home Box Office my butt.

Are any of the cable pay channels (HBO, Showtime etc) worth paying for anymore? [more inside]
posted by nougat on Mar 17, 2008 - 24 answers

Do I want my MTV?

Help me choose my Canadian cable television channels. [more inside]
posted by picklebird on Jan 13, 2008 - 18 answers

Perfect HDTV picture: Buy now or wait?

I haven't owned a tv since 2004. Since then, I've been downloading my shows, at first at compressed HD quality, and then more recently 720p and 1080i/p. I don't want to watch broadcast TV that looks like YouTube, I want a beautiful picture. Should I wait until 2010 to get an HDTV and service? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Dec 28, 2007 - 19 answers

TV Tuner Card

I'm interested in buying a TV Tuner Card for my PC, but I don't know where to find good reviews. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap, decent-quality card that preferably comes with a remote? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Dec 27, 2007 - 9 answers

What would be my best source for HD Content and the best PVR to capture that content?

What would be my best source for HD content and the best PVR to capture that content? I just purchased a new HDTV. I have a Direct TV Tivo box that is only standard def. I figure as long as I have an HDTV though, I should try to get the most out of it. It seems my options are Direct TV with their HD PVR, a Direct TV HD receiver and an HD TiVo or MythTV set up, cable and one of their PVRs or cable and a Tivo or MythTV set up. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Apr 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Splitting TV cable service

I have TV cable service to my house. I would like to split it six or seven ways to allow cable access from rooms throughout the house. I would never use more than three of the lines at a time. Will this work or will the signal be diluted somehow?
posted by retiree on Feb 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Why is my TV picture flickering when I don't use a VCR?

Electronics filter: When I connect Dishnetwork straight to my television, the picture is flickery and unwatchable. When I run it through my old VCR first, it's fine. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Watch Cable TV on a MacBook?

Can I watch and record Cable TV on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jan 10, 2007 - 9 answers

Streaming cable TV

I want to stream cable television from one location to another over an ADSL connection. The "viewing" location has a computer and an ADSL connection to the "streaming" location which also has a computer and cable access. How do I make this work? [more inside]
posted by ODiV on Dec 5, 2006 - 13 answers

One TV antenna per town?

Why can't a community use tax $ to put up a single large television mast antenna and allow, say, the 100 highest bidding networks to broadcast, all from that same tower? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Sep 24, 2006 - 20 answers

Are RCA cables and Component cables the same?

Can one use RCA cables (red/white/yellow) in component jacks (red/blue/green)? I understand that the jacks carry much different data/signal/whatever, but I was told that there is no need to buy (very) pricey component cables...you can actually just hook up good quality red/white/yellow RCA cables to the component jacks for the same purpose. [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 on Sep 14, 2006 - 17 answers

After about thirty minutes I had to ask myself, "Shit, what should I buy?"

What is up with television commercials that get cut off, played over, or otherwise mishmashed by other commercials on cable television? [more inside]
posted by nelleish on Jun 19, 2006 - 8 answers

HBO On Demand Not Working - No Joy from Cable Company - Help!

My cable company offers On Demand movies and shows. The free content works fine. It also claims to offer premium channels' On Demand offerings, but those are not working. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by bovious on May 23, 2006 - 12 answers

Comcast vs. DirecTV in Seattle Eastside?

Comcast vs. DirecTV in Seattle Eastside? I'm moving soon and need advice on telephone, internet and television. [more inside]
posted by frogan on Apr 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Will I hate DirectTV less than Time Warner?

Having come to the end of my rope with Time-Warner's sucky customer service, we're looking at DirectTV. What advice, warning, cautions, or kudos would you give us before switching to this service. Two more specific (kinda stupid) questions are inside. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Mar 27, 2006 - 23 answers

How the heck can you make a career out of the "Real World"?!

Just how much do people make on television? I'm not talking about the big-time tv stars with well-publicized contracts such as network stars like Friends, Oprah, Letterman, Katie Couric, etc., or the many people who get sitcom/series deals on major networks where we can guesstimate how much they are earning to the right order of magnitude. No, I'm asking about all the "little people" who fill my teevee screen. (much more inside) [more inside]
posted by hincandenza on Dec 29, 2005 - 19 answers

Removing/attaching cable connector

I have a standard cable television cord that runs from through a small hole in my living room floor (coming up from the basement). I would like to re-route this cable to another part of the house. The problem is that the connector on the end of the cable is too big to fit into the hole. Is there an easy way to disconnect this bit so I can pull the cord through the hole (and reattach it after I create a hole in a different room)?
posted by sharksandwich on Sep 15, 2005 - 10 answers

I need a cable box

I have regular television cable service, and I want to hook it up to an old television with only UHF/VHF and a coaxial port. If I recall my grandmother's set-up correctly, I need a little cable box which takes in the cable signal and feeds the television's coax port. Cable channels are selected through the box. Thing is, I can't seem to find this sort of thing in Radio's Shack catalogue, or anywhere online for that matter. With the advent of cable-friendly television sets, am I out of luck? How hard will it be for me to find a simple cable box?
posted by DrJohnEvans on Aug 2, 2005 - 17 answers

Will my apartment be "cable-ready"?

Does cable/satellite availability vary from building to building in New York City? [more inside]
posted by TPIRman on Jul 9, 2005 - 9 answers

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