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31st Jul '17 4:39:31 PM rjd1922
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There are some [[Analysis/AliensStealCable major technical problems]] with this concept, but most writers will ignore them. First of all, non-directional broadcast signals (like TV and radio signals) cannot be received beyond a fraction of a light year even by much more powerful telescopes than the ones available [[http://setifaq.org/faq.html#1.2.3]], so it shouldn't be that surprising that '''we''' have not been receiving any of '''their''' transmissions, even if they have radio technology (or maybe they all read books on their planet). Directed radio signals (like radar signals) can be possibly received thousands of light years away but can be detected in a far smaller area and may not even be recognized as sign of extra-terrestrial life. Another scientific theory is that they've developed a different form of communication that doesn't depend on radio broadcasts, and all of their surviving transmissions from when they did have already passed us by.

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There are some [[Analysis/AliensStealCable major technical problems]] with this concept, but most writers will ignore them. First of all, non-directional broadcast signals (like TV and radio signals) cannot be received beyond a fraction of a light year even by much more powerful telescopes than the ones available [[http://setifaq.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20160814022124/http://setifaq.org/faq.html#1.2.3]], 3 cannot be received beyond a fraction of a light year even by much more powerful telescopes than the ones available]], so it shouldn't be that surprising that '''we''' have not been receiving any of '''their''' transmissions, even if they have radio technology (or maybe they all read books on their planet). Directed radio signals (like radar signals) can be possibly received thousands of light years away but can be detected in a far smaller area and may not even be recognized as sign of extra-terrestrial life. Another scientific theory is that they've developed a different form of communication that doesn't depend on radio broadcasts, and all of their surviving transmissions from when they did have already passed us by.
7th Jul '17 10:01:12 AM Tacitus
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* One of the pre-made alien empires in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' is the Blorg Commonality, an AscendedMeme from a pre-release livestream. This species was living an unremarkable existence on their jungle homeworld when they suddenly started receiving radio transmissions from distant Earth, things like music and drama that the Blorg had never developed on their own. The Blorg proceeded to embrace this alien culture, give themselves names like "Mercedes Romero," and become a starfaring civilization, "hoping one day to find the source of these messages so that they might party together." Tragically, while the Blorg have the "Fanatic Xenophile" trait and really want to be loved, they're also [[UglyCute physically repugnant tentacled fungus-monsters]] that other species will want to keep at arm's length.

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* One of the pre-made alien empires in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' is the Blorg Commonality, an AscendedMeme from a pre-release livestream. This species was living an unremarkable existence on their jungle homeworld when they suddenly started receiving radio transmissions from distant Earth, introducing them to things like music and drama that the Blorg had never developed on their own. The Blorg proceeded to embrace this alien culture, give themselves names like "Mercedes Romero," and become a starfaring civilization, "hoping one day to find the source of these messages so that they might party together." Tragically, while the Blorg have the "Fanatic Xenophile" trait ethos and really want to be loved, they're also [[UglyCute physically repugnant tentacled fungus-monsters]] that other species will want to keep at arm's length.length. Which is why they ''also'' have the "Militarist" ethos, so the Blorg can [[DefeatMeansFriendship befriend]] other races whether they want to or not.
28th May '17 7:15:34 PM PaulA
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* Spoofed in ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. Every alien race the heroes come across has "listened to your radio broadcasts" and [[AliensSpeakingEnglish learnt fluent English]] for one reason or another.

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* Spoofed in ''Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers'' ''Literature/StarSmashersOfTheGalaxyRangers'' by Creator/HarryHarrison. Every alien race the heroes come across has "listened to your radio broadcasts" and [[AliensSpeakingEnglish learnt fluent English]] for one reason or another.
21st May '17 1:41:31 AM scooter
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** The original concept for the Cybermen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet their first appearance]] was that that had learned human speech through radio and TV broadcasts, which explains their strange, synthesized speech and the way they opened their mouths and dispensed it like a recording (weirdly presaging automated phone robots). It wasn't explained on screen, however, and subsequent appearances did not follow up on the idea.
21st May '17 1:35:54 AM scooter
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* Both played straight and averted in the original ''Series/BattlestarGalactica''. Apollo scans relentlessly for transmissions from Earth, which they're searching for, but gets nothing but static. Then the monitor flips and starts showing [[CoincidentalBroadcast a broadcast of the moon landing]] ... ''after'' Apollo and Starbuck have [[IgnoredVitalNewsReports gotten up and left the room]]. Cue closing credits.
15th May '17 10:12:16 PM mystery_kcad
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-->'''Oglethorpe:''' We have successfully traveled eons across both space and time through the Fargate...to get free cable!
12th May '17 8:07:33 PM Pinokio
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* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', the aliens interpret TV signals as communication and respond with modified television footage.
8th May '17 11:05:55 PM JoeMerl
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** Also contains a quite literal version- Aximilli steals cable, and records everything for later reference. His excuse is to screen for Yeerk propaganda (which actually works several times), more often than not, he watches soap operas and 'These Messages' which he finds more amusing than most other shows.
** Not to mention that Andalite kids apparently watched (or rather, pretended to watch while basically doing anything but) human television. They watched the news, entertainment, and...

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** Also contains a quite literal version- Aximilli version--[[TokenNonHuman Ax]] literally steals cable, cable for his home on Earth, and records everything for later reference. His excuse is to screen for Yeerk propaganda (which actually works several times), more often than not, he watches soap operas and 'These Messages' which he finds more amusing than most other shows.
shows. (To be fair, he also assumed that people wouldn't hang wires outside unless they were free to take.)
** Not to mention that Andalite kids apparently watched (or rather, pretended to watch while basically doing anything but) human television.television in school. They watched the news, entertainment, and...
20th Apr '17 11:59:00 AM Tacitus
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* One of the pre-made alien empires in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' is the Blorg Commonality, an AscendedMeme from a pre-release livestream. This species that was living an unremarkable existence on their jungle homeworld when they suddenly started receiving radio transmissions from distant Earth, things like music and drama that the Blorg had never developed on their own. The Blorg proceeded to embrace this alien culture, give themselves names like "Mercedes Romero," and become a starfaring civilization, "hoping one day to find the source of these messages so that they might party together." Tragically, while the Blorg have the "Fanatic Xenophile" trait and really want to be loved, they're also [[UglyCute physically repugnant tentacled fungus-monsters]] that other species will want to keep at arm's length.

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* One of the pre-made alien empires in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' is the Blorg Commonality, an AscendedMeme from a pre-release livestream. This species that was living an unremarkable existence on their jungle homeworld when they suddenly started receiving radio transmissions from distant Earth, things like music and drama that the Blorg had never developed on their own. The Blorg proceeded to embrace this alien culture, give themselves names like "Mercedes Romero," and become a starfaring civilization, "hoping one day to find the source of these messages so that they might party together." Tragically, while the Blorg have the "Fanatic Xenophile" trait and really want to be loved, they're also [[UglyCute physically repugnant tentacled fungus-monsters]] that other species will want to keep at arm's length.
20th Apr '17 11:55:10 AM Tacitus
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* Inverted in TheSims4. If you can invent and upgrade the satellite dish while in the Scientist profession, ''you'' can steal alien cable.

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* Inverted in TheSims4. ''VideoGame/TheSims4''. If you can invent and upgrade the satellite dish while in the Scientist profession, ''you'' can steal alien cable.cable.
* One of the pre-made alien empires in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' is the Blorg Commonality, an AscendedMeme from a pre-release livestream. This species that was living an unremarkable existence on their jungle homeworld when they suddenly started receiving radio transmissions from distant Earth, things like music and drama that the Blorg had never developed on their own. The Blorg proceeded to embrace this alien culture, give themselves names like "Mercedes Romero," and become a starfaring civilization, "hoping one day to find the source of these messages so that they might party together." Tragically, while the Blorg have the "Fanatic Xenophile" trait and really want to be loved, they're also [[UglyCute physically repugnant tentacled fungus-monsters]] that other species will want to keep at arm's length.
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