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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

How do you even say Louvre???

French tv & movie recs for someone who wants to be entertained but also get used to the language? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Sep 26, 2012 - 27 answers

I'm not a fluffer, thanks for asking.

Help me, a 30 year old TV production assistant, make a career switch. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Sep 26, 2012 - 21 answers

What Would Ainsley Watch?

What is(are) the Republican/conservative/libertarian equivalent(s) of The West Wing ? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Sep 25, 2012 - 38 answers

Help me find Korean pop culture

I'm starting a Korean class next week, and I'd like to get a broader exposure to modern Korean media. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Sep 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Japanese Houseboy - WTF?

What is the story behind the pop-cultural trope of the "Japanese Houseboy?" [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 22, 2012 - 12 answers

Shows with experts as the main characters

In Breaking Bad, Walter White is a genius chemist. In Prison Break, Michael Scofield is a genius structural engineer. What other shows use a main character's genius in a given field like these shows do? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Sep 19, 2012 - 40 answers

And in Act Three, it turns out it really isn't lupus after all...

Recommend some good TV series with strong procedural elements that are currently on the air. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 16, 2012 - 44 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

Disabling the tuner in a TV set

How can I disable the tuner in a TV set? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Having crossed over, unseen by most, from another dimension of the the inner mind to the outer limits of the night gallery, where do I go next?

I've seen The Twilight Zone. I've seen The Outer Limits. I've seen Tales From the Darkside. I've seen (and, puns notwithstanding, was bored by) Tales From the Crypt. I've seen Night Gallery. What else is there for me to see? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Sep 14, 2012 - 41 answers

Tell me everything there is to know about TV tuner cards.

What channels can I get from a tuner card in NYC using just the antenna? No cable hookup or FIOS or any of that fancy sh*t. I plug the card into the computer, I put the antenna in the window, I activate the relevant programs, and . . . . ? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Sep 13, 2012 - 9 answers

How to clean a TV screen?

I need a cleaning towel for my large screen DLP TV. The manual says to use a cotton towel, but I find that solution to be less than perfect, a lot less than perfect. I've considered a microfiber cloth, but I don't have any experience with them, and the ones that get good reviews (from Amazon) are too small for the task I need them for. A cleaning solution is something I've considered, and plenty of them are labeled "safe for TV screen", but words are cheap and my TV isn't. Basically, I'm hopelessly lost, and would appreciate some suggestions on a TV screen cleaning kit with a proven history of reliability and customer satisfaction. Thank you.
posted by Beholder on Sep 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Help Me Stop Blow-Drying My TV

How can I keep my unusually moisture-sensitive TV dry in high humidity? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Sep 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Where to meet a development exec near Penn Station?

I'm meeting a network development exec near Penn Station next week for a mid-morning coffee over which we'll be discussing a show I've pitched. His assistant has asked me to pick the spot. Help? [more inside]
posted by bassomatic on Aug 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Fair price of old TV

Hi I am responsible for compensating a two year old TV bought for $900 then. (A guest in my party broke and no one is owning up...ex-landlord is behind me now) Similar model (brand new) is $600 now all included and being demanded 600, citing the higher price paid then. What is a fair price that I should pay? How do I make a convincing reply ? ....please help....
posted by daveg02 on Aug 27, 2012 - 19 answers

How real is this reality TV I'm watching?

Reality TV: How "real" are the dangers, how "neutral" are the camera crews? [more inside]
posted by mosk on Aug 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Should a 6 year old play games on the iPhone?

6 year old playing games on the iPhone? Too early? [more inside]
posted by alshain on Aug 24, 2012 - 43 answers

Video card recommendations

I have an older Gateway PC acting as my media center/file server. I have it hooked up to a 42" 720p Samsung Plasma TV via VGA from the on-board connection on the PC. As such, the resolution is not very good: 1024x768 and the picture doesn't really fit on the screen. Can you recommend a cheap video card (under $50) that will let me connect via HDMI and show things at a decent resolution without stretching or cropping the picture? No gaming, just playing video files.
posted by nitsuj on Aug 24, 2012 - 37 answers

Can you think of Sci–Fi films where people are bombarded with Advertising?

Can you think of Sci–Fi films where people are bombarded with Advertising? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Aug 20, 2012 - 31 answers

DIY Satellite Dish Realignment

My satellite dish may have slipped slightly out of alignment. Is realigning it a DIY job, or should I call a professional? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

TV to watch irons go by

I like watching light drama/90s sitcoms while I'm doing chores or want to relax for a bit. I've run out of my favourites, and there's probably a lot of stuff I've missed due to being too young or not staying in enough when they were broadcast. What next? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 16, 2012 - 61 answers

What to watch after Breaking Bad?

Have loved Breaking Bad, but it's nearing its end. What are some other high production value TV thrillers should I watch? I like season-long story arcs, suspense, and excellent writing and acting. I love BBC's Sherlock, 24, Dexter, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones.
posted by shivohum on Aug 15, 2012 - 66 answers

Can I live-stream Sunday morning US political chat shows?

Is there a way to live-stream the Sunday morning US political chat shows like Meet the Press, Face the Nation, etc? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Aug 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Workaround for TV & HTPC

Can I convert HDMI to component for my HTPC? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Aug 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Recommend me a last.fm-style website for movies, books, and TV shows.

Is there a last.fm-esque website for movies? I want something that allows me to keep track of what I've watched (really, any media tracking website) [more inside]
posted by apip on Aug 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Clip Clop, Footage Drop

Audio-visual help, please: I need a camera/monitor setup that allows me to film things, show that footage live on a screen as it's shot, and record that same footage as clips that I can quickly share later. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Aug 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Creating an android media center.

How can I turn android into a kickass media center? [more inside]
posted by fonzie on Aug 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Self-referential song by Mason Williams?

Self-referential song by Mason Williams or Smothers Brothers 60's 70's; lyrics about the song structure, ex: "this is the bridge, it takes you to the end of the song", verse, chorus, etc., all in appropriate places. Saw it performed on U.S. television in that era.
posted by jchinique on Aug 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me purchase an HDTV!

I haven't seen a post for this in the last year. Help me buy a nice 32-42in TV by answering a few questions about my price range, TV options, etc :) [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Can you help me remember this show?

I'm trying to remember an HBO series that was mentioned on AskMe recently. It lasted for only one season, and had to do with romantic relationships and marriages (I think) and was a character-study sort of show. Help?
posted by smilingtiger on Aug 2, 2012 - 8 answers

True Blood criticism?

Good cultural criticism about True Blood, including recent episodes? [more inside]
posted by caveatz on Jul 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me equalize the TV volume.

Can I rig some sort of home-made equalizer between my TV, speakers and PS3? Other ideas as to changing the levels of frequency ranges also welcome. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 30, 2012 - 30 answers

It's all about the Food Network.

How can my wife watch Food Network without cable TV? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jul 29, 2012 - 17 answers

15 Minutes of Fame

I am looking for information on how people feel, like and want (or not) to be interviewed by TV, radio or newspaper reporters. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 29, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I watch whole Olympic basketball games online?

How can I watch whole Olympic basketball games online? I'm in Australia. Every search I do seems to turn up things that look a little like malware. Live and legal would be my first preference, but I don't mind if I have to download an entire game as an avi and watch it afterwards. Thanks!
posted by surenoproblem on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

How to watch 2012 Olympics online in Africa?

Help me watch the Olympics on my computer. In Africa. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Movies where the heroes don't foil the dastardly plot

Movies where the heroes don't foil the dastardly plot. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Jul 24, 2012 - 64 answers

What am I seeing on the screen in my mind?

TV/Movie Title Sequence Filter: For production reference I'm trying to figure out what tv/movie title sequence I am picturing - it's from the 60s (or has that retro feel), is an animation of/or including straight lines in different arrangements, they are (sometimes?) blue. [more inside]
posted by auntietennis on Jul 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Early examples of GPS-type things in movies/TV?

A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Jul 23, 2012 - 9 answers

My TV is dead.

I have an Olevia LCD TV bought in 2008. For about a week, it would have no sound on any input after being turned on but a quick power cycle would fix it. Now it's stone-cold dead. No glowing LED on the power button like normal and it is definitely plugged in properly to a live outlet. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by 5ean on Jul 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Fixable or Forgettable?

Can my LCD be saved cheaply or is it time to move on? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

LCD monitor into fully functional TV?

How can I set up my LCD monitor as a full-fledged TV for a digital tuner, DVD player, and Wii? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 21, 2012 - 7 answers

She just wants to watch her stories.

What is the best way for my sister to watch Netflix given her old TV setup? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Jul 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Is this stereotype real or made-for-TV?

Is this stereotype real or made-for-TV? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Jul 18, 2012 - 50 answers

Gleep Reject

How can I watch Glee Project online? Oxygen on cable is not an option, nor is satellite TV. My daughter would very much appreciate you clueing in her dad. [more inside]
posted by msalt on Jul 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Jocks, Nerds and Rebels (tm)

To what extent do American Highschools resemble the stereotypical American Highschool seen in just about every movie and TV show ever, withever present competition for social status, rigidly defined cliques, omnipresent bullying, etc... etc?
posted by Artw on Jul 18, 2012 - 86 answers

Name that show - hand-nailed-to-a-tree edition

What was this show - late night UK channel 4 community-service soap opera. [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Jul 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me remember the name of this show from 15+ years ago

Help me remember the name of this show from 15+ years ago [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 on Jul 17, 2012 - 5 answers

From External drive to TV, can it be down?

Is there any way to play media files on a tv if the files are stored on an external USB 2 drive, which is hooked up to an Airport Extreme Base Station? There's a Roku SD and iPhones involved in this party, if that helps.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 15, 2012 - 6 answers

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