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Sold As Seen Or Sold As Unseen (Or Why Do Shops Only Show You Half The Picture?)
I decided to treat myself last week (as well as attempting to reduce the chances of my house burning down accidentally).  So I bought myself a Digital TV.  I knew I had to get it home myself so I bought the smallest and cheapest one in the shop.  As it turned out I could have bought one the size of a wall and it wouldn't have made much difference.  (Carrying it would have been difficult but that isn't what I meant.)

I can see the picture clearly as well as the subtitles.  Both of these are good things.  (In fact the picture looks bigger and sharper than on my old TV - and it doesn't sound like it is going to explode when I switch it on.)

What I cannot see clearly (and I wouldn't be able to see clearly - no matter how big the actual screen was) is useful information like the channel and the Electronic Programme Guide.

You see, the shops selling TV's all have one fatal flaw.  At least as far as I am concerned.

If you want to buy a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a mobile phone, you can walk into any retailer and play around with the display models to see if the object meets your requirements before you buy it.  I have heard rumours that would suggest that you can even take a car out for a test drive before you buy it.

When it comes to buying a TV though you don't get that opportunity.  You are shown a wall of screens (with the sound on mute) all tuned to the same channel.  No sign of a remote control.  This means you have to actually buy the TV before you find out that the Channel number is in small writing in a faint colour which merges into the background - and the same goes for the Electronic Programme Guide (which also happens to be a small box in the middle of your picture).

I am convinced that any shop selling you a TV should be forced to supply remote controls (they could be attached to the same kind of flexes as mobile phones) so customers can see the full workings of the TV.
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