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What to name this podcast?

My friend and I are recording the first episode of our podcast tomorrow. What we need now is a name. [more inside]
posted by rabbitbookworm on May 23, 2013 - 16 answers

What is this sign, located in Venice Beach (I think?)

In Michael Palin's "Around the World in 80 Days", there's a shot of a building with an interesting sign. It says "EARTH SPACE SCIENCE ART FACT FICTION FANTASY". [more inside]
posted by dubold on May 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Macbook with old tv?

I want to be able to watch Netflix from my laptop on my very old tv. Is this possible? What cables would I need? [more inside]
posted by the twistinside on May 17, 2013 - 14 answers

What was this (cable?) US/Canadian comedy sketch from the late 80s?

Sometime in the late 80s I saw a comedy sketch on TV which combined all the major world religions into one quasi-rap song (or madrigal-chant). The only parts I remember are "Sister Mary Elizabeth, hit me with a stick!" "Oh by the way, have you been born again?" and "Hare Krishna Hare Rama, here's your cookbook, where's my dollar?" Anyone know what this was? I promise I didn't make it up.
posted by pammeke on May 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Buying a TV: high quality, low cost.

I guess specifically I'm wondering what budget televisions (in the $300-400 range-- that and below) are good at the moment. Emphasis on picture quality (over, say, smart TV features and all that nonsense) and a slight, slight preference for more HDMI ports if possible. Though picture quality is key. [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on May 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Let me tell you a story about a horse while I diffuse this missile...

I'm trying to find TV shows (or films) that contain a particular trope that I noticed while watching some old 1980's shows lately. Namely shows where the main character provides a sort of running narration throughout. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on May 6, 2013 - 25 answers

television shows worth watching (that are ignorable, though.)

After plowing our way through a couple seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race, the gentleman caller and I are looking for a new TV show we can enjoy without always needing to pay attention. [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo on Apr 28, 2013 - 34 answers

You Speak Valyrian?

Last week's Game of Thrones was fantastic and reminded me that one of my favorite kinds of scenes in film and television is a scene I like to call the You Have Chosen the Absolute Wrong Person to Fuck With scene. The basic setup is that a character feels entirely positive they have another character under their thumb only to have a moment of panic and terror as they realize precisely the opposite to be true. Can you name terrific examples of this? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Apr 27, 2013 - 61 answers

How can I stream live television to 50-100 computers?

What is an inexpensive hardware and software configuration that would allow someone to stream a handful of channels of live TV to 50-100 computers, accessing these on demand? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Apr 20, 2013 - 17 answers

What was the name of a TV device from the 90's used for trivia/sports?

In the late 80's early 90's there was a device you could use while watching television. From what I remember, this device required some type of subscription and allowed you to play along while watching game shows and sporting events. It was black, had buttons on the sides, and a basic LED screen in the middle with an extendable radio antenna. Does anyone know what this device was? What the name of it was?
posted by blueplasticfish on Apr 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Free KaKu television in the sky?

My uncle gave me a DirecTV SlimLine dish with a three-LNB head (119, 110, 103/101/99). Can I point it at the sky somewhere to get free KaKu band TV channels? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Apr 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Anyone Remember Dorman's Endico Cheese? Got A/V From Their TV Ads?

Hope me, hive mind; hope me find this TV ad! My buddy bet me it couldn't be done; let's prove him wrong... [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Apr 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for examples of a literary trope translated to a visual medium

Sometimes in a novel, you will have Character A and Character B. Fast forward to the big twist that Character A and Character B ARE THE SAME PERSON! Obviously this doesn't work when the novel is adapted for the screen, and I'm looking for examples of adaptations that had to deal with this, and how they dealt with it, and any sort of critique of how it was dealt with in the movie/television show. (Spoilers of all sorts inside) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Apr 4, 2013 - 25 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

The Boy Who Read Too Much

Childhood Books: When I was a kid, I had a short illustrated book about The Boy Who Read Too Much or The Boy Who Didn't Like Television or something. It was about a boy who only wanted to read, but his parents wanted him to watch TV. Tongue in cheek, obviously--I seem to remember it being illustrated in a sort of Roz Chast-y style. Does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Epguides as a todo list?

Is there a website to help me keep track of which episodes of a TV series I've watched? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Mar 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box?

What precludes cable providers from controlling the ads via the DVR/box? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Mar 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Please recommend interesting/funny/awesome TV series to a bored shut-in

I've finished watching all my favourite things and am televisually lost while I wait for Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire to start again. Can you suggest English/American/Australian etc series (will also accept interesting BBC documentaries) that are actually watchable? [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie on Mar 6, 2013 - 61 answers

Finished Doc Martin & Ballykissangel...what next?

I really enjoy British TV dramas, with two of my favorites being Ballykissangel and Doc Martin, the latter of which I recently finished. What other British shows would you recommend in this same vein - that is, lighthearted hour-long dramas with a dash of comedy? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Mar 1, 2013 - 19 answers

The supposed tech savvy daughter has failed.

My parents would like to get a Roku box so they can cancel their insanely expensive DishTV subscription. How do I do this? Can I get them these specific channels? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 24, 2013 - 17 answers

That’s all, folks!

Asking for a friend who needs help (FAST!) finding a home for 200 to 300 scenic backdrops from film and television. [more inside]
posted by mon-ma-tron on Feb 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Andy Cramed's boots

There's a scene in Deadwood and I can't figure out entirely what it's doing there. It's spoilery, so details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Feb 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How to go from zero to TV?

We haven't had a proper TV in over a decade. I would like to have something other than my laptop to watch streaming media, DVDs, Netflix, etc. Can you explain how this works in 2013? I imagine we'd buy something like this Samsung LED HDTV and some kind of speakers. Then what? Do we plug it into a laptop? What exactly is Apple TV and how does it stack up against Roku? This seems like it should be a simple question, but I feel like a caveman emerging from the dark, and am fairly bewildered at all of the options and variations out there. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Feb 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Proper Mounting Techniques

After years of renting, I can finally (finally!) mount my TV and speakers to the walls. Help me not screw this up. There is plaster and lath involved. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Feb 6, 2013 - 10 answers

A British A.V. Club?

I'm an American who loves British television but am tired of discovering shows only after they have finished. Is there a UK-centric equivalent of The A.V. Club—i.e., a site that covers currently airing British television series?
posted by kaisemic on Feb 3, 2013 - 3 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

Shut the French what, now?

So Sunday night at the SAG Awards, "Downton Abbey" actress Phyllis Logan hollered, "Shut the French windows!" when the show won an award. Is this a common Scottish/English saying? A pop-culture reference? Just a British version of "well, butter mah biscuits"? Any information would be appreciated.
posted by GaelFC on Jan 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Recommend me some teen sci-fi TV series!

I love serious, obscure TV sci-fi aimed at twelve year olds. Please help me find more of it! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jan 19, 2013 - 44 answers

I Want My 80's TV

Are there any good drama series from the eighties available streaming online? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 4, 2013 - 26 answers

When you say "you and the guys", you mean the internet, don't you?

Please help me create an "Essentials of Doctor Who" playlist, to catch someone up on the show since the reboot. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 26, 2012 - 20 answers

A fat, obsolete TV on a glass shelf?

About ten years ago, I unplugged an amost brand new TV, and just stopped watching TV entirely. Recently, I moved, and decided to dust off the TV and plug it back in. What I've learned is that there have been some changes in tv land since I've been away. [more inside]
posted by Transl3y on Dec 25, 2012 - 21 answers

Help my sister identify this outtake or live skit.

Help my sister identify this outtake or live skit. As my sister describes the scene, there's a man eating a sandwich and the sound effects keep getting out of synch. Eventually he turns to the camera/audience and says something along the lines of "You know, I have to eat this whole sandwich." [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Combining a broken Sony KDS60A2000 and a broken Sony KDS50A2000 into one working TV?

I recently inherited both a broken Sony KDS60A2000 and a broken Sony KDS50A2000 from a friend. They're both broken, but they're both broken in different ways. Can I cobble together one working television from the two of them? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Dec 12, 2012 - 4 answers

What good sitcoms have I missed recently?

What good sitcoms have a missed in the past five or so years? Recently, I've enjoyed Raising Hope, Rules of Engagement, and The Big Bang Theory. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr on Nov 25, 2012 - 43 answers

Repairing a Samsung TV

I have a broken Samsung TV and want to know if there is a cheap way to fix it or creative way to use it. [more inside]
posted by jamincan on Nov 22, 2012 - 8 answers

In which US sitcom or drama did the character queue up for or at least try to get some tickets for an Oasis concert?

In which US sitcom or drama did the characters queue up for or at least try to get some tickets for an Oasis concert? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Nov 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Idle hands are the devil's playground

Repetitive hobbies/crafts that use your hands that are NOT knitting/crocheting? [more inside]
posted by dede on Nov 16, 2012 - 31 answers

Good Bad Teenage TV

What teen/20s drama love triangle show can I watch after my recent Dawson's Creek bender? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Nov 14, 2012 - 58 answers

Jake and the Fat Man-eating Plants!

Looking for examples of television shows that develop into sci fi. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Nov 13, 2012 - 40 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

like using roman text to indicate italics in an italicized passage

Looking for scenes (television or film) in which an actor plays a character with a different accent and then that character puts on the actor's native accent. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 2, 2012 - 27 answers

How would one go about buying a TV that isn't black?

I'd like to buy a TV that ISN'T black. Is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Which BBC program is this?

Can anyone tell me which BBC program their recent segment on the Internet Archive is a part of?
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 1, 2012 - 2 answers

finally flattening

Recommend an HDTV, late 2012 edition. [more inside]
posted by Zed on Oct 24, 2012 - 8 answers

It's one of those things that you're always vaguely aware of, but never quite grok...

Explain broadcast television in Canada and the US to me like I'm five. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 18, 2012 - 27 answers

Help me, AV nerds. You're my... well not really but I'd appreciate it.

What AV cables should I pull through my wall while I have the chance? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Oct 15, 2012 - 27 answers

How can I watch The Walking Dead online?

Dish Network has unfriended A&E, so how's a guy supposed to watch season three of The Walking Dead? Do I have any options to watch episodes online? I know I can either (a) get rid of Dish, or (b) wait a year for the season to show up on Netflix, but are there any choices out here? I am willing to pay for the content, if necessary. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Oct 13, 2012 - 11 answers

"And right here I decided to use lens flare..."

What are your favourite DVD extras? Which DVD movie/TV shows have the best extras/bonus material? [more inside]
posted by meronym on Oct 4, 2012 - 43 answers

Enable my television problem

Please help me find new great television dramas! [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Oct 3, 2012 - 42 answers

Safe (Legal?) Way to Have Service/Person Rip DVDs Into Movie Files?

Is there a person or company that one could safely hire (i.e., safeguards against theft) to rip DVDs they own into digital video files? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 3, 2012 - 8 answers

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