What happened to the humble TV?

Now I’m not the sharpest knife in the block and there are lots of things I don’t understand. Here’s another one!

Once upon a time we had “analogue” television... Four “free to air” channels  including one with no commercials (which we were happy to pay for with our taxes).

We had the telly in the corner in the lounge - and back in the good old days it was in black and white.  It didn’t matter though, cos IMT and HOMICIDE were fantastic no matter how they came into the house!

Now we move sometime into the future...  Can’t remember when and all of a sudden we need DIGITAL television.  No rhyme nor reason, we just need Digital!

So do we need Standard or High Definition? Nobody seemed certain, so we went with Standard Definition (or Def for short).

I can see you getting confused already… So some of the early birds rushed out and bought new Standard Definition tellies, then someone else decided we should have High Definition!

And all the Standard Def tellies ended up in the hard waste!

Thank God for Kev's stimulus package cos then we all had 900 dollars to go out and buy a HIGH definition telly (some of us even went out and bought a Standard Def digital recorder that couldn't record High Def!)

So what happened then?

We got about seven thousand new channels with the promise of fantastic program choice (some were High Def and others were Standard Def so we ended watching Footy on channel 7 in Standard Def and re-runs of THE LOVE BOAT in High Def on SEVEN MATE!?)


So in the end, after spending my 900 bucks on a new High Def telly, THREE SET TOP BOXES (which all blew up)…  AND another 500 on a new antenna... what do I have?!

Same old rubbish.  24 hours a day. And now 27 new channels showing either re-runs of the LOVE BOAT or infomercials selling anything from steam mops to one piece bras to saws with two blades (that would be perfect for chopping up three old analogue televisions that are now no use to man or beast!)

I think we’ve been done again!

Oh, I nearly forgot… remember on funny old fashioned ANALOGUE television?  How the words used to match the movement of the mouth?  On DIGITAL, there is a full one second gap.  And we lose the picture when the washing machine changes cycle or a plane flies over the house!  Even with my FIVE HUNDRED Dollar gizmo on the roof!

Tell me what you think?

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