Chances are you are already wired and good to go for the big switch to digital transmission in February. But how about the everyday people in your life who aren’t all that interested in turning the passive pleasure of analog television viewing into the complicated experience of digital television entertainment?
Spike Feresten feels their pain.
A riotous segment on last week’s installment of Fox’ late-night comedy series Talkshow with Spike Feresten dared to address this situation, which certainly seems to be of little importance right now, given the dire problems we are all facing, but promises to be a big nuisance for millions of television viewers come the New Year. As addressed in the sketch on Feresten’s show, senior citizens in particular could be faced with a series of daunting challenges: Learning how to connect and operate new equipment, studying strange new remote controls with dozens of features (most of which they will never use), understanding that the dimensions of the television image often must be adjusted on a program-by-program basis – not to mention finding the extra money, especially in the midst of a national economic meltdown, to afford all of the technology required to fully enjoy the wonders of digital transmission.
Check it out, have a laugh – and then call someone who may not know what to do about the fast-approaching changes in television and help them out.
Now in its third season, Talkshow with Spike Feresten was one of the two top-rated programs in the most recent JackMyers Emotional Connections Research Study on Late Night Television. “[The fans] seem to be able to get behind the idea of an underdog late night talk show that makes them laugh on a consistent basis and isn’t trying so hard to be big,” Feresten recently told JackMyers.com.
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