Next, the onscreen TV guide is sluggish beyond comprehension. DVD players are similarly sluggish too though. I suppose a 2+ second wait is reasonable for most people? It certainly isn't for me.
Then, when it turns midnight, it takes a half hour to update the time in the onscreen TV guide...
I remember YEARS ago when I was a kid and changing the channel was INSTANTANEOUS! Turning now is like waiting for the next ice age.
Welcome to the digital age! The TV now has to sync itself with the digital packets that are sent, decide which is a better signal if it's received via multipath, etc, etc. Instead of the good old analogue days where the signal was 'just there' and the poor old TV had nothing much to do except turn it into a moving picture, (along with any ghosts).
Now days there's error correction, "don't let anyone record this" broadcast flags, 7+ day EPG and probably a whole lot more the TV has to decipher. The EPG is updated as the data is sent, (unless you happen to have a TV that can store it all in memory for all
channels as it's received). I'd liken it to Teletext in the analogue era - to see it updated you'd have to wait until that particular page was sent again in the cycle. And even then it depends on how diligent the TV programmers are - in Australia they are atrocious.
I can't say I've ever noticed the clock being 30 minutes late at midnight though, then again I've never been staring at the guide at midnight, (or watching the TV for that matter).
Finally, the best thing on the tube is Jerry Springer with "You slept with my baby's daddy".
You're wrong - the best thing on a TV is the Off
button. I watch only two things on the TV 'live' - SBS World News, (the bit before all the sports crap), and Dr Who, (and only because it's on the ABC, ie. no ads); the only other thing I watch recorded is the WRC.
Most set-top boxes, for example, have a switching power outlet in the back so that when you turn on the box the TV comes on as well automatically.
Most STBs here
are too small to incorporate a switched mains output - I've yet to see one. Plus almost all TVs I've seen go to standby when power is applied, (as I would have thought be required under 'Green' design/laws/legislation/etc).