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What is the current best method for getting DVR content to multiple sets

Moving from a situation where I have 1 TV to one where I will have multiple TVs. What is the high-quality budget alternative to get DVR content to multiple sets? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jun 22, 2014 - 3 answers

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

Best way to get phone + internet + TV in Suffolk County, NY?

My dad's fed up with his Verizon cable + internet package. It's expensive, and they won't let him suspend it when he's not there for months at a time. He'd like to get his services from a less user-hostile service provider. Ah, but what kind? Cable? Satellite? Something over phone lines? [more inside]
posted by musofire on May 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Charter digital conversion, the end of cable?

We just received notice (so far just an automated phone message) that Charter is switching to 100% digital signal on their cable TV system, and as a result we would be required to get a cable box. Now, part of Charter's signal is on analog channels, and part is on digital, and the tuner in our TV can locate them all. Does tis mean that post-conversion all the channels will be beyond the range of the tuner in our recent-vintage LG TV? We have the 3-way bundle with Charter for phone, broadband internet, and cable TV all at their lowest level of service, the TV is called "Basic cable." I understand they are phasing this in, so I'm wondering if someone who already has experienced this could comment on what was the result. [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Apr 28, 2014 - 9 answers

HDMI Cable Question (Laptop-TV with no sound)

Help me connect a Laptop to TV with an HDMI Cable AND get sound. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Please help us watch TV on our TV

We have a TV but no cable subscription (we mostly watch content through Netflix or purchase on Xbox). We used to be able to watch the normal network channels with no problem -- Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, and several PBS stations, along with some other stuff. We had both regular and HD channels. Now they're all gone and the only channels we can access are some jazz scheduling thing out of San Mateo, a bunch of radio channels, and NHK World (learning a lot about Japan!). I really miss PBS and wouldn't mind watching the Super Bowl. Please help. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Jan 30, 2014 - 15 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

How do you hook up this Comcast cable box?

Had the Comcast basic cable service. Saw a deal for HBO for just an extra $10 a month for a year. Ordered. Had to get a new Set Top Box in order to display HBO. The box included instructions for setup, they looked simple. Except the instruction diagrams didn't match the box that was sent. [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet on Nov 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Best options for a new HDTV

I have a new (to me -- it's about 10 months old overall, I think) HDTV that, unfortunately, doesn't have an Ethernet port nor does it have wireless connectivity. It was a gift, of sorts, so I'm kind of stuck with it. Since I had a very old standard set, it's still an upgrade. Now, I'm looking at options for HD television content, like maybe the Roku, AppleTV or any other neat solutions that I don't know about yet. [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Oct 28, 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

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

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

Why does this cable splitter screw up my modem? What can I do about it?

Wall<>Cable Modem = Good. Wall<>Splitter<>Cable Modem + TV = Intermittent failures where the modem goes off line. What can I do to improve this? Is there such thing as a lower power splitter? Better cables? And did my cable company make a mistake? More details below! [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Feb 26, 2013 - 14 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

But I still wanna watch Girls...

I'm disconnecting my cable. What are my alternatives? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Dec 14, 2012 - 30 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

Broadcast TV over coax for free?

Is broadcast TV supposed to come in over coax when you're not paying for it? (or is it not actually coming over coax in the first place?) [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Oct 8, 2012 - 17 answers

How is DirecTV so cheap compared to "Cable?"

DirecTV seems too cheap to be true. Is it really a good deal vs. cable vs. fiber? [more inside]
posted by teriyaki_tornado on Oct 1, 2012 - 18 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

Pulling the plug on cable

I want to get rid of cable, but don't want to lose the content my wife and I like. There are too many options, so I need help piecing together the right setup. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jun 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Where to I find this Samsung LED TV component adapter cable?

A friend's got a Samsung LED TV which has two input jacks (appears to be the "3.5mm" type) for Component signal - 1 socket for video (red, green, blue) and 1 for audio (red, white). Problem is: where do I find these cable adapters so we can connect (5) component cables into these (2) input jacks? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 20, 2012 - 8 answers

How can we watch live basketball at home, just for a month?

What's the cheapest way I can watch live basketball coverage in my one home? I'm in California, and a Charter cable internet customer. Complication: I only want a month of access. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Repurposing Comcast cable box

Can I use an old Comcast digital cable box as a digital converter box to connect an antenna to an old analog TV? If not, is there anything interesting I can do with it beyond ebay?
posted by pilibeen on Apr 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Using Slingbox for ALL my TV viewing?

I had an idea in which I set up a Slingbox on a spare cable box at my parents' house and watch it on the TV at my house, thus eliminating my own need to subscribe to cable. Is this crazy enough to work? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 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

Why are old talk shows never reran on cable?

Why are "classic" daytime talk shows (like Donahue, Geraldo, Sally, etc.) virtually never reran on cable? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jul 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Unplug the VHF/UHF/AV Video Cable

How Do You Unplug the VHF/UHF/AV Video Cable? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused on Jun 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Dog Chewed Through Exterior Cable TV Cable

My dog chewed through my exterior Cable TV cable (provider is Shaw Cable). A service tech is coming this afternoon to repair. Any idea what its going to cost to repair? Thanks.
posted by Minos888 on Feb 18, 2011 - 12 answers

I think a pawn shop might be a better option than Best Buy.

How do I hook up an Atari 2600 to a modern HDTV? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Dec 27, 2010 - 11 answers

¿Como se dice "Reprogram the remote"?

Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive English-Spanish lexicon of TV/Cable/Broadcast technology terms? My sister does Spanish-language technical support for a large TV cable and Internet provider. She's first-language fluent in Spanish, but like many Spanish-speaking U.S. natives, leans heavily on Spanglish for many of the neologisms ("el remote") of the electronic age. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Dec 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I scrap the old cable TV lines at my house?

Can I scrap the old cable TV lines at my house? [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush on Nov 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Why does my TV's picture drop out intermittently?

Why does my TV signal disappear into static for minutes or hours at a time? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Nov 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Time Shift me, please

I want to record TV. I’ve thought about too many options – exhaustively - from old school VCR to Mac Mini/HTPC setups. I don’t care about HD, I just want basic recording, and not to pay more for cable. My head is full of options and I need perspective. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Need to cut the cable! Mac Mini?

We want to replace our cable TV with a Mac Mini. We watch mostly documentaries, cooking shows and cartoons. She loves cheesy horror movies, and I love baseball and pro football. Apart from Netflix, what do we need to live cable-free?
posted by Slap*Happy on Aug 19, 2010 - 11 answers

How to get TV to show a color picture

We bought an used Insignia TV and hooked it up to our comcast cable box. Unfortunately, we can get a picture but it is only in black and white. I've taken the cables in the back and moved them around and the only result I can get is in one of the inputs there is a small amount of color that shows on the screen that correlates to sound vibrations. I've used the remote to turn up the color and it has no effect. What can I do to fix this?
posted by josher71 on Jun 15, 2010 - 9 answers

I just need to know which way is up

When I pulled out one of the component cables from my TV today, this thing came with it. I can see by the jack left in the TV that probably all I need to do is gently push it back in, but given that the 2 flanges on the thing are different, and I think it's an electrical contact, I'm pretty sure there's one right way for it to go, and one wrong. I'm hoping for some guidance on which is which. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Apr 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Tuning Out

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

Connecting MacBook Pro To A Television

What Cable Do I Need To Buy To Connect My MacBookPro To This TV. [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Mar 23, 2010 - 8 answers

TV from another

Can I see into your satellite TV? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me cut the cord with no regrets

Having been humbled by a growing cable bill, and emboldened by articles like this and this, I've decided to return my cable box and buy a HTPC to serve up TV, movies and other content... Help me avoid some common pitfalls and make this an enjoyable and money-saving endeavor! [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Feb 6, 2010 - 11 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

Need cable tv in Toronto (Bell and Rogers need not apply).

Torontofilter: Can anyone recommend a good cable tv provider that is not Bell or Rogers? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Oct 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Will I get a a refund for the time spent lauching a new satellite?

What happens when the satellite my pay-tv satellite-dish is pointing at dies? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Oct 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Building my own DVR with Linux and Comcast

I want to build my own Linux-based DVR. Need some help on the specs and interop with Comcast Digital Starter Cable. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha on Sep 28, 2009 - 10 answers

I don't want my MTV.

I want to dump cable, but I still want to be able to watch particular shows. Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by nushustu on Sep 8, 2009 - 24 answers

Is there such a thing as an HD DVR?

My HD cable channels route through a DVR. I have an HD TV. Do I need an HD DVR to take full advantage of HD? Is there such a thing? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Aug 21, 2009 - 11 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

What you call "free AMC access" was invented by guys like me to sell nylons.

I am crazy-excited about Mad Men season 3 airing this week. Unfortunately, my friends and I are frugal New Yorkers who don't get extra channels like AMC. Are there any bars in NYC that play Mad Men where we could actually hear the show? Or are there places where we could rent a TV and a room without going broke? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Aug 14, 2009 - 8 answers

DirecTV, DishNetwork or uVerse?

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

Watching iTunes shows on a Roku player?

Is there a simple way to watch an iTunes download on my TV set? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Mar 25, 2009 - 19 answers

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