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Help me hook my friend up! TV as a computer monitor question.

I have been asked to help a friend set up her (not yet purchased) TV as a wireless monitor for her computer. Can you explain it to me like I'm 5? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic on Jun 27, 2012 - 9 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

Help me kick my TV habit, please?

I'm having problems with my escapism. How do I kick my TV addiction? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Jun 27, 2012 - 23 answers

Stream laptop screen to TV?

Wondering if I can stream the screen image from my laptop to my TV... [more inside]
posted by Exchequer on Jun 23, 2012 - 10 answers

BREAKING: Simon Adebisi Wears Physics Defying Hat!

How realistic is the portrayal of the media's coverage of the prison on Oz? (No spoilers in the question, potential for some in the answers.) [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How was HBO's "In Treatment" filmed/produced?

I am very much enjoying HBO's In Treatment. I was amazed by the number of episodes in each season and then learned it was originally broadcast daily on week nights. How was this managed in terms of filming, cast availability etc.? Was it filmed entirely ahead of broadcast, as I understand HBO series tend to be? it seems unmanageable and risky otherwise.
posted by Hugobaron on Jun 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Typical TVCs

What are some TV commercials of the past couple of years that showcase some of the cheesy tropes of American television advertising? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own?

Who has tried to sell a network/studio on an idea for a TV series by producing an episode on their own? Stories of success and failures both welcome. [more inside]
posted by jayfrosting on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find this movie!

How can I view or purchase the scifi TV movie Target Earth / Taken Away (1998)? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jun 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Do gameshow writers do their homework?

How much planning (or lack thereof) goes into the selection of knowledge-based game show categories & questions? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 9, 2012 - 10 answers

What hatched from this thing's belly button?

What strange sci-fi movie or show am I sort-of remembering from ~20-22 years ago featuring a woman giving birth to an egg through her belly button? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Jun 9, 2012 - 8 answers

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering?

What early to mid 70s (probably made for TV) sci-fi movie am I half-remembering? [more inside]
posted by kimota on Jun 9, 2012 - 11 answers

TV Cardigan - real Missoni?

Can anyone identify the specific cardigan that "Stacy" is wearing in this photo and video? [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Jun 7, 2012 - 1 answer

The business side of TV

I want to understand the TV industry from a business perspective. Things like, the relationship between production companies, networks, cable channels, and cable providers. Are there any (recent) books, as well as particularly insightful blogs or other online resources that get into the economic side of television?
posted by coffee and minarets on Jun 6, 2012 - 9 answers

What??

Help me remember this cartoon. [more inside]
posted by jonmc on May 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Give me your assistants!

Help me make a list of assistants/valets/right-hand people in pop culture. [more inside]
posted by missjenny on May 29, 2012 - 58 answers

Where to start with Supernatural?

Should I carry on with season 1 of Supernatural or skip to a later season? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on May 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Join us next month for more Adventures

Has there ever been a Monthly television program? Why not if not? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 25, 2012 - 20 answers

Where's the best place to buy home electronics in the Twin Cities?

Where should I go in the Twin Cities to buy an audio-video setup to fit a somewhat specific situation? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Smart TV: which is the best/ most hackable as of today?

What Smart TV set (Samsung,Philips,YouNameIt) to buy? Bonus firmware and software hack (legal) link inside. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on May 23, 2012 - 7 answers

There's more TV options than channels...

All I want is a TV... why are there so many choices? I'm moving to a studio in a week (YAY!) and don't own a TV. I've gone browsing a couple times recently, and am so overwhelmed by the options and price differences that I just don't know where to start, or even the price range I should be looking at (cheaper the better, but how cheap is too cheap?). How can I sort through all the info and find the right TV for me? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on May 23, 2012 - 22 answers

Help Me Watch TV AND Work from Home

Please recommend a monitor that will double as a TV, or a TV that will double as a monitor. [more inside]
posted by xingcat on May 23, 2012 - 12 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

Horses over hockey???

How can I watch the NHL Playoff game today in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by capnsue on May 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Can I cross-check Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Crunchyroll, etc. all in one place?

Is there a website somewhere with a long list of tv shows/seasons, all of the (legal) ways they're available online or streaming to tv, and upcoming new release dates? I'm tired of cross referencing all of them manually, or paying for an episode that was available for free two days later with one of my subscriptions.
posted by meowlix on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I broaden my horizons when I hate everything in sight?

I have pickied myself into a corner. Help me out! [more inside]
posted by darksasami on May 8, 2012 - 56 answers

What movies or TV shows feature the quintessential police interrogation scenes?

What movies or TV shows feature the quintessential police interrogation scenes? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on May 8, 2012 - 42 answers

Early 1980s sitcom about a TV station in a house

Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Accents across the pond.

Have there been any American actors that have been cast as primary characters on British shows and use a British accent? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on May 6, 2012 - 30 answers

This Is Your Script . . . This Is Your Script Unplugged

Looking for more examples of a plot. Well, more of a structure really. The one from Noises Off, where you are shown how the story should go, then they go through it again, only this time everything goes wrong. Bonus points if they go through it a third time, and it absolutely explodes. [more inside]
posted by Garm on May 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Dish Network bundles

How do Dish Network TV/phone/broadband bundles work? Anyone have any experience? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on May 5, 2012 - 3 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

70s Game Show Theme Music

What 70s game show used Henry Mancini's "March of the Cue Balls" as its theme music? [more inside]
posted by dopeydad on Apr 28, 2012 - 4 answers

But wait, there's more!

Is there, anywhere, a website or database of actors and actresses who appear in commercials? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Apr 28, 2012 - 2 answers

What's worth checking out on Crunchyroll?

I did not know of the existence of Crunchyroll until the Kids on the Slope thread, and I am excited to explore it. What do you think I might enjoy on the site? [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Apr 26, 2012 - 10 answers

doink doink

TV shows that used thematically remixed/covered versions of their theme songs for particular episodes. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 26, 2012 - 36 answers

Larry can't help it, it's his culture?

Curb Your Enthusiasm Filter: Which episodes, out of all eight seasons, best epitomizes Larry's (NYC) culture clash with life in L.A.? My suspicion is that it's "The Shrimp Incident" from Season 2, but perhaps there is a better exemplar.
posted by rudster on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

See, Vera? Dress yourself up you get taken somewhere fun.

I need pet names for guns from movies and TV. For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly. Please give me more examples. Thanks!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 answers

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Need sources on the media build-up to the premiere of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Apr 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Just like I don't want to read a book that's missing the last hundred pages...

Recommend me TV shows which were consistently good throughout their run and had a proper, satisfying ending. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 21, 2012 - 96 answers

An old memory of color TV?

Color on a black and white TV? What?! (1950s filter). [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Apr 20, 2012 - 17 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

Sometimes I want to be a PBS kid again

Hivemind, please help me find a PBS commercial that stuck in my impressionable kid brain! This would have been mid-1990s, probably on WGBH Boston and likely right before or after Bill Nye. My Google/Youtube-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Know a good bar for MMA fans in SF?

Recommendations for a bar in San Francisco where I could get them to put on tonight's Bellator 65 MMA event on MTV2? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Apr 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there any television shows that talk about ethnic restaurants in the United States?

Are there any television shows that talk about ethnic restaurants in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Quonab on Apr 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Was this a real TV show or am I imagining things?

Was this a real TV show or am I imagining things? Circa early-mid 90's, an American show about a family (maybe just a single dad?) with a few sons (ages between 10 - 15?) that owned and lived at a holiday motel complex. The episode I seem to remember is one of the boys was cleaning or going through a guests room after they had stayed and found a porno mag. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Apr 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Edutainment about computers

What educational children's shows have an episode about the internet and or computers in general? Episode name or number a bonus! [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Apr 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Where there blank pauses in the past?

Were there significant pauses between commercials and tv programming in the past? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Mar 31, 2012 - 10 answers

what did movies think of tv in the eighties?

I just watched Poltergeist, which I am now thinking seems right-wing, almost Catholic. at the end of the movie, the husband kicks the tv out of the room and serene music plays. is this a common feature of the movies of the time? did people kick the tv out of the room a lot in the movies of the 80s?
posted by parmanparman on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

UKTVFilter: Help fix my freeview!

UK TV filter: Please Help me fix my TV antenna signal. I've recently moved into a new shared flat & am trying to get our TV to work. In the bedrooms there are regular tv aerial sockets on the wall, but there is no signal to any of them. In the lounge, there looks is a panel with three satellite plugs (picture link) which has an old Sky box connected. We would like to use freeview, but it looks like there is no antenna plug in the lounge, and no signal in the bedroom sockets. The sky box does however seem to get a satellite signal from its plug on the wall, but none of the others will give a freeview signal (or are the wrong kind of socket). [more inside]
posted by snarkle on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

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