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24th Feb '17 5:33:33 PM Tightwire
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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.
10th Feb '17 1:24:37 PM starofjusticev21
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* In the "Scared Spirits" supplemental adventure for the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Frightfully Cheerful RPG'', the PKE-stealing aliens learned English by watching television broadcasts and speak "Series/MadisonAvenue-ese." That is to say, they are constantly spewing slogans from TV commercials. For some reason, any human they "zombify" by draining them of PKE also talks like this.

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* In the "Scared Spirits" Stiffs" supplemental adventure for the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} Frightfully Cheerful RPG'', the PKE-stealing aliens learned English by watching television broadcasts and speak "Series/MadisonAvenue-ese." That is to say, they are constantly spewing slogans from TV commercials. For some reason, any human they "zombify" by draining them of PKE also talks like this.this.
* The obscure game ''Starchildren: Velvet Generation'' has a setup like this. Aliens have intercepted Earth TV broadcasts, mostly MTV footage of glam rock bands, and found the idea of such a culture so inviting they launched a ship to Earth to contact such fascinating people. Too bad by the time they landed the world was a {{Dystopia}} with severe limits placed on all forms of artistic expression. The aliens still had somewhere to go, though, because underground rock bands are the main symbol of the rebellion.
6th Oct '16 11:04:01 PM BattleMaster
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* After [[DefectorFromDecadence leaving the Decepticons]] in ''IDW's Transformers'', Thundercracker becomes hooked on a human soap opera called Nurse Whitney. He even tries writing his own screenplays.
4th Sep '16 5:21:59 PM redandready45
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* ''Literature/YearZero'': The premise is that since the 1970s, aliens have been pirating human music, finding it to be the most wondrous thing they've ever heard. The problem is that they feel obligated to pay the enormous fines generated by ''copyright violation''. A copyright lawyer is forced into finding a way to lower the bill before another group of aliens decides to destroy the world so they don't have to pay.

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* ''Literature/YearZero'': The premise is that since the 1970s, aliens have been pirating human music, finding it to be the most wondrous thing they've ever heard. The problem is that they feel obligated to pay the enormous fines generated by ''copyright violation''.copyright violation that could bankrupt the entire universe. A copyright lawyer is forced into finding a way to lower the bill before another group of aliens decides to destroy the world so they don't have to pay.
4th Sep '16 5:17:11 PM redandready45
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* ''Literature/YearZero'': The premise is that since the 1970s, aliens have been pirating human music, finding it to be the most wondrous thing they've ever heard. The problem is that they feel obligated to pay the enormous fines generated by ''copyright violation''. A copyright lawyer is forced into finding a way to lower the bill before another group of aliens decides to destroy the world so they don't have to pay.
16th Aug '16 10:03:49 AM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Anime/BraveExkaiser'', one of the first things the [[SpacePirates Geisters]] stole when they arrived on Earth were televisions (including, fitting for giant robots, the big ones on the sides of buildings). Justified, as [[BigBad Dino Geist]] felt they'd be a useful way to learn about the Earth and uses his to find things for the Geisters to steal via the news media. The others, being far less intelligent than him, more often use it just to watch TV.
25th Jul '16 11:08:21 AM Willbyr
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* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. According to WordOfGod, the Splatfest events are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning after being reflected by space debris. Thus leading to the characters fighting over things that they should have no knowledge of, such as the original ''{{Pokemon}}'' games.

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* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. According to WordOfGod, the Splatfest events are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning after being reflected by space debris. Thus leading to the characters fighting over things that they should have no knowledge of, such as the original ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games.
17th Jul '16 11:30:11 PM RacattackForce
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* According to WordOfGod, the Splatfests from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning.

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* PlayedWith in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}''. According to WordOfGod, the Splatfests from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' Splatfest events are based on transmissions that left earth 12,000 years ago and now are returning.returning after being reflected by space debris. Thus leading to the characters fighting over things that they should have no knowledge of, such as the original ''{{Pokemon}}'' games.
10th Jul '16 5:12:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ChaosFighters II: Historical Chronicles-Beyond The Earth'', this trope is used to explain why people in Vertrifo [[AliensSpeakingEnglish speaks English]]. They steal cable using magic, though.

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* In ''ChaosFighters ''Literature/ChaosFighters II: Historical Chronicles-Beyond The Earth'', this trope is used to explain why people in Vertrifo [[AliensSpeakingEnglish speaks English]]. They steal cable using magic, though.
28th Jun '16 12:29:31 PM tytoman
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* In the sixth book of the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, Kit resorts to wizardry when trying to set up a belligerent entertainment system. This has some odd consequences when, in a fit of rebellion, the components invert this trope and begin stealing cable from ''other'' planets. By the end of that book, his family's been subjected to an alien soap opera involving several additional genders and his sister's ordered a curling iron/disintegrater ray from an intergalactic shopping network. This continues for the rest of the series so far.
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