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 -
, who played the annoying Mandy in the first season of The West Wing
, disappears from later seasons. We are given some elusive suggestions to what may have happened to her character on the show, but what was the real-world story? Did Aaron Sorkin get sick of Kelly, and if so, why?
posted by willbaude
on Jul 19, 2005 -
In the US, why do we call a short run of episodes on television a "season" whereas in the UK they refer to it as a "series"?
posted by missed
on Jul 18, 2005 -
Has anyone written some sort of scholarly critique or observations about infomercials and their bizarre and sort of addictive appeal? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster
on Jul 13, 2005 -
Does cable/satellite availability vary from building to building in New York City? [more inside]
posted by TPIRman
on Jul 9, 2005 -
Brightness cycling while playing DVDs: My girlfriend has an old Panasonic VCR/TV combo. When I play DVDs on it (using my old Panasonic DVD player), the brightness (luminance) level fluctuates continually, ranging from just brighter than normal to very dark. The kicker: It only happens with some DVDs. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot
on Jul 7, 2005 -
Does anyone know of a site with an RSS/XML feed for television listings? In particular, I'd love to find one that I could customize to my favorite channels. I'd also like to find something that would give me the day's listings for a particular genre (such all the movies or sporting events on that day). I've found a site that allows you to get feeds for all the day's listings for specific cable channels (a feed for CNN, a feed for TNT, etc.), but the networks are excluded from this, and I'd like to get a feed that would also tell me what's on the regular networks in the evening.
posted by roundrock
on Jun 13, 2005 -
I'm looking for an online index of tv show ratings (TV-MA, etc.) for various tv shows. Falling short of that, is there any sort of site that gives a guide to what offensive content may be in a given show? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger
on Jun 10, 2005 -
I'm looking for a clip (.mp3, .wav, .ra) of a particular bit of United Artists theme music. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2
on Jun 10, 2005 -
Has anyone shocked while tampering with their television really
been thrown across the room into/through a wall?
posted by angry modem
on Jun 2, 2005 -
LameTvQuestionFilter: I've been trying to remember a very short-lived 80s tv show. In it, a government project centered around an enhanced tractor trailer (yes, really) that could transform into a helicopter (yes, really). [more inside]
posted by Silent Thomas
on May 25, 2005 -
A pretty straightforward question... I'm looking for the penetration of cable TV into U.S. households... both as a percentage and an absolute number. I'm done the requisite Googling and turn up all sorts of numbers...
Any cable TV industry people out there who have the info at their mental fingertips?
As always, thanks in advance.
posted by petestein1
on May 23, 2005 -
It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to ask some questions about The Muppet Show
tonight! [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish
on May 22, 2005 -
My girlfriend is obsessed with the Cillit Bang advertisement remix
. Back in the 80's (or early 90's), there was a similar "remix" video of 50's black and white advertisements set to a beat-box soundtrack, with "lyrics" consisting of samples the sales pitches of those ads. Can anyone ID this? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische
on May 16, 2005 -
I have spent about an hour searching and I cannot find the exact episode of that show in which Kathy Bates plays a PFLAG mom. I am married to a PFLAG mom so I want to rent it, just for the, um, well I just do.
Thank you, for anyone who knows this.
posted by Danf
on May 6, 2005 -
The TV Tome entry
for Reading Rainbow is an extended attack on the show and those involved with it. What gives? I never realized the thing was a source of so much controversy. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur
on Apr 30, 2005 -
This is my first 'AskMetafilter' question, but browsing around here, I've noticed that several other people have posted similar queries, so here goes: Sometime in the late '70's, I recalll seeing at least one episode of some British ITV-produced show about a clutch of people who were floating around the galaxy in the British Museum. Yep, THE British Museum. However absurd, I remember that the Earth had somehow been destroyed, and this clutch of heroes was charged with preserving the remains of human civilization en route to a new, undetermined home.
While this scenario bears many similarities to 'Space:1999', 'Journey to the Far Side of the Sun', 'Blake's 7', 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Silent Running', I know it is none of those, and it was British. I distinctly remember aliens -actors in costumes, flowing robes, leather, that sort of thing - pursuing the human protagonists within the museum. It very much seemed an episode of a television show, in a hip, Quartermaas key, but with the better production values of the live Gerry Anderson
/ITV shows. Any ideas? I really don't think it was Doctor Who
posted by vhsiv
on Apr 30, 2005 -
I recently saw a MasterCard commercial set in a gas station/convenicence store. In it, the cashier (in the trademark "Priceless" voice) rings up their items, etc. Is that really the guy behind the voice, or some clever dubbing? If so, good for that guy, leveraging voice talent into an on-screen role and all. [more inside]
posted by potch
on Apr 26, 2005 -
My IBM T42 has an infrared port on the front, and I've tried finding software that will allow me to control my tv with it. Does anything exist that will let me do this?
posted by borkencode
on Apr 17, 2005 -
I seem to remember seeing a blog whose goal was to write a short summary of every Law & Order episode. I can't seem to find it now, and the huge number of blogs that discuss Law & Order in general makes it extremely difficult to search for. Anyone remember this at all? Is it still around?
posted by Plutor
on Apr 13, 2005 -
What's the best way to get a copy of an American television program to someone in Australia? [more inside]
posted by Dreama
on Apr 10, 2005 -
A friend of mine has requested me to track down a television show she has a dim memory of seeing as a child. She thought it might be a Night Gallery
episode, but the ep guides that I've looked at haven't yielded anything that sounds promising. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench
on Apr 5, 2005 -
I'm doing some research on the 2004 US Presidential Debates. For some reason I can't seem to find the definitive numbers on television audiences for the three debates. It would be great if somebody could point me to a resource that breaks down the viewing audiences in the US and abroad with as much detail as possible.
posted by sic
on Apr 2, 2005 -
Deconstruct-the-magic-filter: In the latest series of HP commercials, there is this really neat effect where people wave photographs around and they meld seamlessly with the footage, and vice versa. How do they accomplish this? I'm not easily stumped by this kind of thing, but I really have no idea.
posted by phrontist
on Mar 16, 2005 -
Where can I find torrents (or other downloadable media) of Oprah's daily shows? Not surprisingly, Oprah isn't carried on most of the tv torrent sites.
posted by ahughey
on Mar 16, 2005 -
WTF is happening to the tv show known as MI-5 here in the States and as Spooks in the UK? Spoilers inside if you haven't yet seen season 3, especially episode 10 'The Suffering of Strangers'. [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Mar 14, 2005 -
Back in the early/mid 80's here in S. Africa the local TV station broadcast a live action children's series about two minitaure elves(I think they were elves) who lived amongst normal size folk in the modern day. What was it called? [more inside]
posted by PenDevil
on Mar 10, 2005 -
I've been enjoying the first season of HBO series Carnivàle
on DVD, and I'm interested in finding some related fiction. Can anyone recommend books with similar genre/setting/themes?
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Mar 7, 2005 -
I have a friend who has never ever watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is curious, after hearing about it from me and others, and wants to know what episode(s) to rent that would give her a good feel for it.
If I had to recommend, I would start out with The Body
in Season 5 and then a couple episodes after that, as a "representative slice" of the show. It has more gravitas than earlier seasons but not over-the-top intense like most of Season 6.
Not that this is an earth-shaking topic but perhaps other fanboys and fangirls could weigh in.
posted by Danf
on Mar 2, 2005 -
The (rented) property I'm about to move into only has a cable to the external aerial in what I'm going to be using as the bedroom. This is no good to me - I need tv reception in the living room. I don't want to have to run a cable through the house and I've tried amplified indoor aerials elsewhere with disheartening results. So is there some sort of wireless device I can plug into the back of my tv and into the aerial socket in the bedroom that'll give me decent reception?
posted by john-paul
on Feb 19, 2005 -
Sports on satellite dish question… How can I confirm (really really confirm) if a game will be on and who can I complain to if it does not come on [more inside]
posted by Tallguy
on Feb 18, 2005 -
I'm trying to remember a particular Saturday Night Live
spoof of Jeopardy
featuring the always hilarious portrayal of Sean Connery. My workmates and I are trying to recall how he drew his answer to Final Jeopardy so that at first it was a letter (?), but then upon the full reveal it looked like a drawing of a middle finger. This is my first post, BTW... :-)
posted by driko
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Extended warranty-filter on a Sharp LCD HD 37" t.v., do I really need it? Any experiences with repairs/cost on this or similar t.v.s?
posted by 6:1
on Feb 13, 2005 -
PropogandaWarFilter: How many TV networks is the US funding in Iraq?
Al Iraquia (that doesn't have a site) and Al Hurra
posted by ruelle
on Feb 10, 2005 -
Several years ago, I heard, on some TV show that the total number of people who have died up until now is less than the number of people alive today. Then I saw this
. (+) [more inside]
posted by arse_hat
on Feb 8, 2005 -
Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker
on Feb 4, 2005 -
I love some of the commercials for PBS. There is one playing currently that is constructed around the story of Little Red Riding Hood's wolf. Philip Glass' music from The Hours
is throughout, a father is reading the story to his daughter, then gets interrupted by Lara Spencer, Charlie Rose ("In my interview with the wolf, he said he does his own stunts to add more realism to the story"), Jim Lehrer, Bernadette Peters and a couple others who I don't know, who all have comments about the wolf. Is this commercial available online? Does anyone know who made this?
posted by scazza
on Jan 31, 2005 -
TV program listings: how are they gathered, like in TV guide, or Yahoo TV, or TiVo? Is there one company who compiles the database (who?) and provides any taker with them for a fee, or is the data so ubiquitous that anyone can compile it now? If there is more than one source, is there any consensus on the better?
posted by kk
on Jan 27, 2005 -
What does this mean? I'm having a hard time deciphering a line from last week's episode of West Wing [MI] [more inside]
posted by m@
on Jan 25, 2005 -
Someone jumps or falls from a great height, presumably to their death, and shouts, "I regret nothing!" I've seen this used as a joke in a number of places, but where does it originate? It appeared on The Simpsons in 1992
- a guy yells it when he falls through an opening drawbridge while waiting in line for the Itchy and Scratchy movie - but it seems like it has to be a reference to something else.
posted by Fourmyle
on Jan 24, 2005 -
I live in the UK and I want a TiVo-like device, but I can't get Sky+. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog
on Jan 24, 2005 -
My husband and I have both been googling for hours, with no luck. I finally gave in and came here to query all of you. Was Chuck Mangione's song "Feel So Good" ever used as the theme song or lead-in to a television show? (MI) [more inside]
posted by routergirl
on Jan 20, 2005 -