I've got four kids, ages 8, 5 and 4. I want to limit their tv viewing. Specifically, it would be great if there were an inexpensive remote switch I could use to turn it off. [more inside]
posted by craniac
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 -
I remember an article on the internet about a man who set up a satellite receiver and licensed his TV from the same people most cable companies get theirs from, then ended up reselling to his neighbors. Does anyone remember this or is my feeble mind playing tricks on me again?
posted by Ikazuchi
on May 16, 2005 -
So I'm watching the new Dr. Who series and they are dealing with the last of the Daleks, I want to know what happened to the Daleks since Tom Baker was around (possible spoilers inside). [more inside]
posted by furtive
on May 10, 2005 -
I'm looking for a copy of the Muppet pilot that was on tv in the mid-70s.
Googling found this: Before it became a syndicated series, Jim Henson and his associates produced The Muppet Show Pilot: Sex and Violence for ABC. It featured Muppet Show characters Dr. Teeth, Janice, Animal, and others. Notably, it featured a tribute to the Seven Deadly Sins. [more inside]
posted by theora55
on May 9, 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 -
When I download files with "Bits On Wheels" the torrents remain in a folder on my drive, but they are inactive. How does one keep them 'seeding' and searchable by other P2P people?
When I search for programs, it appears only recent episodes are available. I'd like to make all my older torrents available too.
posted by DickStock
on Apr 28, 2005 -
Please help me identify a horror tele/movie.
It's shot in black and white. I saw it late at night on TV a couple of years ago so details are vague but I think it goes something like this. [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Apr 26, 2005 -
I have an Apple 20" Aluminum Cinema Display. What do I need if I want to use it as a TV without a Mac attached? [more inside]
posted by josh
on Apr 21, 2005 -
My TV does this annoying buzzing sort of humming noise (vibrating?) a lot and I want it to stop. Should I take my TV in to get fixed? If so, how much would that cost? Can I fix it myself? Is it easier to just buy a new TV or to ignore it? It especially seems to do it when I have the volume turned down low (or else I just don't notice it when it's up high).
posted by toftk
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Tonight on BBC2 is "The Apprentice" which i've been following for several weeks (the one with Alan Sugar not Donald Trump). Unfortunately I'm at a dinner party and will therefore have to miss it. Given that I don't own a video recorder/player it looks like I'm going to have to get hold of the divx torrent of it. Unfortunately most of the example sites for "broadcatching" seem to have only American TV. My question is:
Any recommendations on sites/feeds or advice in general for trying to get this working?
posted by ralawrence
on Apr 13, 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 -
I'm sick of paying Time Warner's unreasonable rates for cable TV. Has anyone in my part of NYC (Yorkville) had any luck with satellite TV? Or is it impossible here?
posted by Lizzle
on Apr 12, 2005 -
I recently saw the first half of Best of Youth
, and only the first half (the second half was sold out). I have to see the second half, it has lingered in my head, and by the time it is out on DVD in the US I will have lost interest, I'm sure. Any ways of getting my hands on a subtitled version of this movie? Help! [more inside]
posted by scazza
on Mar 23, 2005 -
Does anyone know how to find the name of the hiphop song playing in the background of the most recent Las Vegas
posted by stratcog
on Mar 20, 2005 -
The combined public broadcasting networks in the Netherlands put a lot of their shows online to be viewed (legally) after they air at Uitzending Gemist
(Missed Broadcast). Do broadcasters in your country offer a similar service?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Mar 17, 2005 -
The last wive
in the Desperate Housewives titles. Who is she? Is she from something? Does this style of cartoon have a name?
posted by cillit bang
on Mar 16, 2005 -
I need help remembering a kids TV show where the main character was painted on a juice glass. [more inside]
posted by helvetica
on Mar 15, 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 -
Anyone know of a decent software soultion for my Hauppauge USB tv card and my new Mac mini please?
posted by kenchie
on Mar 9, 2005 -
Is public broadcasting really public if it has commercials? How and why did this happen?
posted by swift
on Mar 8, 2005 -
Why do films & TV programmes have credit sequences? I don't get a list of nut & bolt technicians, headlamp designers or airbag testers when I buy a car, so why do I need to be told who pulled the focus, who was an electrician, who swept the floor when I am watching a film or TV programme?
posted by ajbattrick
on Feb 25, 2005 -
I've got two s-video signals and one s-video jack on my TV. What's the cheapest way to mitigate this, assuming I don't have easy access to the back of my TV for constant switching? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer
on Feb 21, 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 -
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 -
I've searched and searched, and can't find an answer to this simple question: What was the last year in which McDonalds used the "two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun" jingle in a commercial?
posted by jammer
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 just purchased a Mitsubishi WD-52525 DLP HDTV and the manual suggest that some problems might occur if a surge protector and AC line conditioner are not used. Any recommendations on satisfactory surge protectors and line conditioners (something in the mid-price range)? Also, could someone explain how a line conditioner works and why it is necessary?
posted by sharksandwich
on Feb 1, 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 -
MichaelJacksonFilter: how would one go about following the court case when located in Europe without access to American TV-networks?
posted by noius
on Jan 30, 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 -
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 -
Is it possible to set up a television transmitter which could 'hijack' regular terrestrial channels? How difficult would it be? If possible, how much do you estimate such an enterprise would cost to set up?
posted by gravelshoes
on Jan 17, 2005 -
The Geico Caveman TV commercial.
Is it racist or just brilliant?
posted by Fupped Duck
on Jan 8, 2005 -
Any suggestions for a low-end widescreen TV?
We are looking to upgrade the aspect ratio on our media-skewed window to the world...
posted by fairmettle
on Jan 5, 2005 -
My long-out-of-warranty TiVo just died. Do I go MythTV or TiVo? [mi]
posted by eschatfische
on Jan 4, 2005 -
I am curious as to how an hour-long nationally televised program in the U.S., like say E.R., is actually broadcast. Does one person in New York or L.A. push a play button to start the show and all the commercials, or is there coordination between NBC and local affiliate technicians? For that matter, how is the entire programming day coordinated? What goes wrong to create “technical difficulties”? (Ignore the feed into satellite and/or cable TV for my purposes).
posted by punkfloyd
on Dec 28, 2004 -
My TV is discolored in the upper corners -- reddish on the right, and greenish on the left. It looks like typical magnet damage, and it's especially apparent on a solid blue picture. Is there a way to fix this? [MI] [more inside]
posted by knave
on Dec 21, 2004 -