So, my television has decided, on its own, that I’m blind and/or hard of hearing. To wit, on several channels now, I don’t have the sound that goes with the moving pictures. I have a newsreader service or closed captioning.
Took me a while to catch on (so maybe add dumb to my growing list of aliments). In fact, I thought this one channel was showing a new program that featured a narrator instead of having the characters talk. Kind of like when the older Kevin explained the action in The Wonder Years, but all of the time. I was trying to figure out if it was connected to some Canadian television grant, or a stylized “Movie of the Week”. Then I finally clued in that this was all of the time.
CBC Newsworld is perhaps the strangest one. Because they’ll be showing some atrocious footage of a war zone and the narrator voice is reading from Wingfield Follies (a play about a Canadian farmer-philosopher with the “soft” humour).
None of these options are turned on via the menu. The television downstairs runs as normal.
I’m trying to figure out what conversation I would have with the store that I purchased it from:
You want to return your tv? What’s wrong with it?
It thinks I’m blind, or maybe deaf.
It’s playing with closed captioning and sometimes with a narrator that doesn’t appear on my other television set and sometimes the narrator is telling me the action of the program and sometimes it’s just this reading program where what they’re reading doesn’t match what is being shown on television – I can see, really. And only on some channels. Not the ones I watch all of the time, but still.
Soooo, you’re hearing voices from your television set?