Thursday, November 26, 2009

Xgiving: Fixing the TV

Thanksgiving is not simply a ritual of coming together at grandma’s house for a meal, but of also fixing the grandparents electronic equipment. In the past, it meant fixing the blinking 12:00 time on the VCR, either by setting the time, or more often putting a piece of tape over it.

These days, it’s more complex. If you are like me, when they turn on the TV and start watching a standard definition TV (480i), you get a little annoyed. Why aren’t they watching the same channel in high definition (720p or 1080i)?

The solution to this problem is easy: parental controls. Simply use the parentl control feature to lock your parents out of the standard definition channels, forcing them to watch the same channels in high definition. Just sneak out quietly between the turkey and the pumpkin pie. After dinner, when the family convenes to watch a “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, you’ll be able to watch the show in its high def glory.

PS: While fiddling with the TV, you might want to disable South Park too. It’s not age appropriate for anybody over 60.


Anonymous said...

You just described my afternoon.

Richard said...

I am going to use this tactic next time I visit my parents.