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16th Mar '17 4:37:30 PM AthenaBlue
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* {{Hand Wave}}d in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
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* Inverted in a ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' film when the protagonist was shown a modern TV in a hotel room, he remarks that he remembers seeing a TV once a long time ago, turns it on, and... an ''Series/ILoveLucy'' repeat comes on. "Yeah, that's about how I remember it."
* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''. [[spoiler:Shortly after Nancy goes to Andalasia, she gets a call on her cell phone. She says, "Rather good reception here," then throws it away.]]



* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''. [[spoiler:Shortly after Nancy goes to Andalasia, she gets a call on her cell phone. She says, "Rather good reception here," then throws it away.]]



* Inverted in a ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' film when the protagonist was shown a modern TV in a hotel room, he remarks that he remembers seeing a TV once a long time ago, turns it on, and... an ''Series/ILoveLucy'' repeat comes on. "Yeah, that's about how I remember it."



* The Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' managed to make an ordinary Nokia 3200 cellphone capable of calling through time. Possibly justified by the TARDIS acting as a relay station. No word yet on what the roaming charges are...
* Parodied in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' when the house travels back in time to the Middle Ages and the TV is showing ''Jester Balowski's Medieval Torture Hour''.
-->'''Jester Balowski:''' We'll be right back after this break. (He breaks the contestant's arm.)
* Parodied on the Venezuelan sketch show RadioRochela where a character travels to the 19th century and tries to use her cellphone. The response? An automatic voice saying "We sorry, but the reception is unavailable until the next century."
* Subverted on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' with both cell phones and the Web.

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* The Doctor Played straight in ''Series/DoctorWho'' managed to make an ordinary Nokia 3200 cellphone capable of calling through time. Possibly justified by the TARDIS acting as a relay station. No word yet on what the roaming charges are...
* Parodied in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' when the house travels
comedy sketch show [[Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow Armstrong and Miller]]. A random guy goes back in time to meet a famous inventor and gives a spiel about the Middle Ages and enlightened future, only when the TV scientist starts asking questions (such as "how do these radio waves work?") he realises he doesn't know the answer. Cue "What sort of a future is showing ''Jester Balowski's Medieval Torture Hour''.
-->'''Jester Balowski:''' We'll be right
this?", so he pops back after this break. (He breaks the contestant's arm.)
* Parodied on the Venezuelan sketch show RadioRochela where a character travels
to the 19th century future, brings back a laptop and tries to use her cellphone. The response? An automatic voice saying "We sorry, but shows the reception is unavailable until inventor some porn. Answer: a good one.
* Terry Jones & Michael Palin's pre-''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' show ''The Complete and Utter History of Britain'' posited a world where then-modern TV broadcasts were made of all of history's greatest events, and how that might have played out -- such as HenryV's post-Battle of Hastings in
the next century."
locker room talking like it was a cricket match.
* Subverted on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' ''Series/DoctorWho'': It's standard for companions in the New Series to get cellphones with both cell phones "universal roaming", so they can make phone calls -- and, less often, search the web -- wherever they are in time and the Web.space.



* Done deliberately on ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' with the mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_stations number stations]]. It is mentioned that when Marconi first activated his radio they were already transmitting.
* According to ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the internet has not only always existed, [[http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/novels/novels_display.shtml?novel=69 but is sentient]].
* The premise of the historical tv skit series ''Series/HistoryBites'' is "What if Television had been around for the past 5000 years?", and gleefully mixed historical information with modern pop culture, such as Martha Stewart's advice on how to use pot-pourri to mask the smell of plague victims.
* Averted in ''{{Series/Journeyman}}'', where the main character's cell phone refuses to work in the past. Instead, he finds his old phone from TheEighties.



* ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'' once featured a gadget called the Giggle which was said to have made the Internet obsolete. It recorded all known knowledge and was constantly updating, knowing everything up to the year Phil came from, 2121. Phil and Keely use the Giggle to look into Keely's future. At first it shows Keely with a successful career as a news reporter, but after failing a test and getting her AV lab privileges suspended, the Giggle shows a BadFuture. It reverts back to news reporter after Phil helps Keely pass another test and regain her privileges.
* Parodied on the Venezuelan sketch show RadioRochela where a character travels to the 19th century and tries to use her cellphone. The response? An automatic voice saying "We sorry, but the reception is unavailable until the next century."



* According to ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the internet has not only always existed, [[http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/novels/novels_display.shtml?novel=69 but is sentient]].
* The premise of the historical tv skit series ''Series/HistoryBites'' is "What if Television had been around for the past 5000 years?", and gleefully mixed historical information with modern pop culture, such as Martha Stewart's advice on how to use pot-pourri to mask the smell of plague victims.
* Averted in ''{{Series/Journeyman}}'', where the main character's cell phone refuses to work in the past. Instead, he finds his old phone from TheEighties.
* Done deliberately on ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' with the mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_stations number stations]]. It is mentioned that when Marconi first activated his radio they were already transmitting.
* Played straight in comedy sketch show [[Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow Armstrong and Miller]]. A random guy goes back in time to meet a famous inventor and gives a spiel about the enlightened future, only when the scientist starts asking questions (such as "how do these radio waves work?") he realises he doesn't know the answer. Cue "What sort of a future is this?", so he pops back to the future, brings back a laptop and shows the inventor some porn. Answer: a good one.
* Terry Jones & Michael Palin's pre-''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' show ''The Complete and Utter History of Britain'' posited a world where then-modern TV broadcasts were made of all of history's greatest events, and how that might have played out -- such as HenryV's post-Battle of Hastings in the locker room talking like it was a cricket match.
* ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'' once featured a gadget called the Giggle which was said to have made the Internet obsolete. It recorded all known knowledge and was constantly updating, knowing everything up to the year Phil came from, 2121. Phil and Keely use the Giggle to look into Keely's future. At first it shows Keely with a successful career as a news reporter, but after failing a test and getting her AV lab privileges suspended, the Giggle shows a BadFuture. It reverts back to news reporter after Phil helps Keely pass another test and regain her privileges.

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* According to ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the internet has not only always existed, [[http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/novels/novels_display.shtml?novel=69 but is sentient]].
* The premise of the historical tv skit series ''Series/HistoryBites'' is "What if Television had been around for the past 5000 years?", and gleefully mixed historical information
Subverted on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' with modern pop culture, such as Martha Stewart's advice on how to use pot-pourri to mask the smell of plague victims.
* Averted in ''{{Series/Journeyman}}'', where the main character's
both cell phone refuses to work in phones and the past. Instead, he finds his old phone from TheEighties.
Web.
* Done deliberately on ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' with the mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_stations number stations]]. It is mentioned that Parodied in ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' when Marconi first activated his radio they were already transmitting.
* Played straight in comedy sketch show [[Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow Armstrong and Miller]]. A random guy goes
the house travels back in time to meet a famous inventor the Middle Ages and gives a spiel about the enlightened future, only when the scientist starts asking questions (such as "how do these radio waves work?") he realises he doesn't know the answer. Cue "What sort of a future TV is this?", so he pops showing ''Jester Balowski's Medieval Torture Hour''.
-->'''Jester Balowski:''' We'll be right
back to the future, brings back a laptop and shows the inventor some porn. Answer: a good one.
* Terry Jones & Michael Palin's pre-''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' show ''The Complete and Utter History of Britain'' posited a world where then-modern TV broadcasts were made of all of history's greatest events, and how that might have played out -- such as HenryV's post-Battle of Hastings in the locker room talking like it was a cricket match.
* ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'' once featured a gadget called the Giggle which was said to have made the Internet obsolete. It recorded all known knowledge and was constantly updating, knowing everything up to the year Phil came from, 2121. Phil and Keely use the Giggle to look into Keely's future. At first it shows Keely with a successful career as a news reporter, but
after failing a test and getting her AV lab privileges suspended, this break. (He breaks the Giggle shows a BadFuture. It reverts back to news reporter after Phil helps Keely pass another test and regain her privileges.contestant's arm.)
13th Nov '16 5:43:43 AM Morgenthaler
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* {{Hand Wave}}d in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
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* {{Hand Wave}}d in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
13th Nov '16 5:43:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* The iPhone in ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' works perfectly within the Medieval world of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The entire planet is [[ApocalypseHow destroyed by meteors]], the homes of the SBURB/SGRUB players are transported into the game itself, and yet the Internet still works fine.
* ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}'' has apparently been going for over ten million-million years [[note]]Not really, it's just randomly-generated enough pages to look like it has[[/note]].
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* The iPhone in ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' works perfectly within the Medieval world of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. The entire planet is [[ApocalypseHow destroyed by meteors]], the homes of the SBURB/SGRUB players are transported into the game itself, and yet the Internet still works fine.
* ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}'' has apparently been going for over ten million-million years [[note]]Not really, it's just randomly-generated enough pages to look like it has[[/note]].
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13th Nov '16 5:43:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lampshaded in ''{{Enchanted}}''. [[spoiler:Shortly after Nancy goes to Andalasia, she gets a call on her cell phone. She says, "Rather good reception here," then throws it away.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''{{Enchanted}}''.''Film/{{Enchanted}}''. [[spoiler:Shortly after Nancy goes to Andalasia, she gets a call on her cell phone. She says, "Rather good reception here," then throws it away.]]



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* {{Hand Wave}}d in ''Film/WereBackADinosaursStory''.

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* {{Hand Wave}}d in ''Film/WereBackADinosaursStory''.''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory''.
13th Nov '16 5:42:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Inverted in a ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' film when the protagonist was shown a modern TV in a hotel room, he remarks that he remembers seeing a TV once a long time ago, turns it on, and... an ''Series/ILoveLucy'' repeat comes on. "Yeah, that's about how I remember it."



** Something similar happened in a ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' film when the protagonist was shown a modern TV in a hotel room, he remarks that he remembers seeing a TV once a long time ago, turns it on, and... an ''ILoveLucy'' repeat comes on. "Yeah, that's about how I remember it."
13th Nov '16 5:41:35 AM Morgenthaler
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** Something similar happened in a ''CrocodileDundee'' film when the protagonist was shown a modern TV in a hotel room, he remarks that he remembers seeing a TV once a long time ago, turns it on, and... an ''ILoveLucy'' repeat comes on. "Yeah, that's about how I remember it."

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** Something similar happened in a ''CrocodileDundee'' ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' film when the protagonist was shown a modern TV in a hotel room, he remarks that he remembers seeing a TV once a long time ago, turns it on, and... an ''ILoveLucy'' repeat comes on. "Yeah, that's about how I remember it."
15th Oct '16 8:19:01 PM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''The Future of Us'' by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Josh and Emma are friends who load AOL onto their computers in 1996 and lo and behold, {{Facebook}} is their homepage.

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* Played with in ''The Future of Us'' by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Josh and Emma are friends who load AOL onto their computers in 1996 and lo and behold, {{Facebook}} Website/{{Facebook}} is their homepage.
20th Aug '16 1:26:05 AM FordPrefect
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* Averted in ''{{Series/Journeyman}}'', where the main character's cell phone refuses to work in the past. Instead, be finds his old phone from TheEighties.

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* Averted in ''{{Series/Journeyman}}'', where the main character's cell phone refuses to work in the past. Instead, be he finds his old phone from TheEighties.
15th Aug '16 2:05:21 PM DocProfessor
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* A significant part of the ''Literature/Magic20'' series. Because of the nature of the main characters' powers, they are able to ensure their technology works as intended in any time period. Cell phones and computers can still access the internet and track locations without a problem.
5th Aug '16 3:27:48 AM KnightofLsama
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** The novels actually clarify the situation. Among the assorted tablets and portable gaming devices Sora and Shiro have then the come to Disboard is at least one solar charger, kept in case of extended power outages.
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