While working from the apartment, I set up my personal laptop to display video, plugging the S-Video and audio cables into an adapter that converts the signal it to cable, and plugged it into the TV that comes with the aparatment. This is the same equipment (except for the television) that I used on one of my TV sets in Fremont. The signal and sound are fine, except that the picture is only in black and white.
(No, it's not a PAL set. No, there's no place in the settings to change the output signal between NTSC and PAL.)
Update: Examining the S-Video cable, I note that one pin is missing on one end. That must be the pin that carries the color information. I'll try to remember to buy a new cable at Fry's in Sacramento tomorrow on my way from there to Yuba City to visit my sister and mother. I'm taking the train and renting a car from there.
In the meantime, it turns out that WatchESPN is showing the Caribbean 20/20 Cricket tournament, so I put that on in the background while I worked on the Day Jobbe. The match ended up tied, so I also got to see a "super over" tiebreaker for the first time.