TV technology changes fast these days; that's why you come here
to keep up on it, right?Well, there is one group of our society that's left in the dark by the digital transition
: our senior citizens.
They are totally missing out on the whole digital revolution. Now don't get me wrong, there are a few elderly
people that are hip on the new things, but as a retail TV salesmen, I can honestly tell you most are not.
The issue is not receiving the signal nor about how to do that, the issue is that there are simply so many options to
choose from. To make matters worse, they all have an expert
that knows everything
about the HDTV and
loves spending ol' Grandmas money. But do they really need HDTV?
Sure, they do.
The picture quality from a HDTV set is so much
better then a standard one that the TV will jump to life again for older people. Plus, with bigger TV sets price always
dropping, they can get a bigger screen then they might be used to. The sound that accompanies high-def is so much
clearer that that older folks will be able to hear it better as well.
But why is high-def so confusing? Main-stream media
starters. The Associated Press
is a good source for normal news but not so much for
technology. We have always poked fun at their attempts to inform their reader base, but it really isn't funny. These
stories cause people to buy the wrong HDTV for them, or even worse for people on a fixed income, cause a panic on how
they their TV will work when their analog TV is shut off.
Something needs to happen and it starts with you.
HDBeat reaches a good amount of people everyday but our reader base normally does not include your parents, or
grandparents. We're calling on you to properly inform your older relatives about HDTV and its surrounding technology.
Have you ever helped a family member, older or younger, buy a HDTV. Good
or bad, how was it?
I just went through it with my mother. I have mentioned in the past that my mom receives an
OTA signal and she simply loves the new plasma hanging on her wall. The picture quality simply floored her the first
time I tuned in our local digital ABC signal. The TV is just what see needed and she will never go to cable or
satellite now that she has seen the OTA digital
. And now my Grandparents want one too!