This is our TV.
Great TV. We really like it. It's just perfect for our spacious open planned living area/kitchen. Only problem is, it has looked like this for the last 3 days!
Our troublesome Telstra T-Box (which I don't recommend) has finally stopped talking to the remote altogether. Without a functioning paired remote, you can't watch anything at all... until the new remote arrives that is! We are not the only ones to have suffered this fate. It is a known problem with this lemon ... (ahem)... system.
The funniest and most unexpected thing has happened though. Our afternoons have been much more peaceful. Our night time ritual has been so much smoother and better organised. Our dinner time has been so much more 'connected'. Instead of raising our voices to be heard over the top of each other, and the television, and then turning the television up even more, to hear it properly.... we are speaking in civilised tones and really listening, in the absence of any other distractions. The kids are playing together more and looking for things to do, instead of just being passively entertained. Don't get me wrong, passive entertainment most definitely has it's place, just in the right balance.
So, thank you Telstra, for being so predictably unreliable. And I really mean this without sarcasm... oddly enough. We have definite plans to make this a reglar thing now. Instead of having the television mumbling away in the background for no apparent reason, it will stay off until we want or need to watch something.
That's the plan anyway. :)