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Whodat button

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How often (and this is going to be a rhetorical question, so you don't need to answer it, do you?) have you been watching TV and wondered who that person on the screen is? So, you can wait for the credits, or look at the channel guide if they're a main character, or else go internetting to find out.

Now that we have Technology, though, it should be possible to have a "Whodat?" button on your TV remote. When pressed, it will bring up a caption containing the names of all the performers currently on screen. Obviously problematic for the crowd scenes in Ghandi, but otherwise implementable.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 04 2020

Farley file https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farley_file
[Chairborne Hero, Jan 04 2020]

Amazon X-ray https://www.amazon....o/pv-xray-tips.html
Terrible product name, but a useful feature set [Chairborne Hero, Jan 05 2020]

Being John Malkovich https://en.wikipedi...eing_John_Malkovich
More than a cameo [Chairborne Hero, Jan 05 2020]


       A tag system, like that which already exits on facebook, could be made to pop up at any time.
xenzag, Jan 04 2020

       This was implemented in Ancient Rome using slave labour: there was a specialised slave called a nomenclator whose job was to remember other people's names and whisper them to their master to prevent social embarrassment. Much used by politicians. Not on TV, though.
pertinax, Jan 04 2020

       // Ancient Rome ... nomenclator //   

       And less ancient, Franklin Roosevelt’s campaign manager James Farley performed a similar function (link).   

       And as xenzag notes, the tagging feature used by Facebook (and many other online platforms) could be retrofitted to this primitive “teevee” thing.   

       Edit to add: This feature already exists for some Amazon Prime Video content. Amazon calls it “X- Ray” (link) and identifying cast members is just one part of it.
Chairborne Hero, Jan 04 2020

       "... and he played the detective in that one where the car crashes in the snowstorm and the girl gets kidnapped and they think her boyfriend's killed her, of course she was in that other film where she fell in love with a dwarf who was a chef on a cruise liner and her father was played by the one who was the talking gorilla, oh that was so funny, and the ship ran aground ..."   

       Thankyou, but no.
8th of 7, Jan 05 2020

       Two different questions, who is the actor in real life, and who is the character in the film. So, two different buttons needed. Don't press both at once.
pocmloc, Jan 05 2020

       // two buttons ... who is the actor ... who is the character... don’t press both at once //   

       unless you’re watching Being John Malkovich.
Chairborne Hero, Jan 05 2020

       ^ featuring Charlie Sheen as Charlie Sheen.
mitxela, Jan 05 2020

       That title, that name, that's funny.
blissmiss, Jan 05 2020


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