Can you still buy a simple cable television setup?
September 11, 2011 1:51 PM Subscribe
I need a really simple digital cable television setup for my elderly, easily confused parent.
posted by LastOfHisKind to technology (11 answers total)
My mother, suffering from dementia and easily confused, loves watching old movies on cable television. Unfortunately, the cablebox and television combination with zillion-button remote is causing her a lot of trouble. Her vision is poor and she tends to randomly push buttons on the remote, putting the setup into some weird state. Often too confused to call me for help she will instead grow bored, frustrated, and depressed. I live several hours away from her assisted living facility and, often, the first sign of trouble I know of is when she calls days later, crying, because "things are so terrible." So you can imagine that I'm motived to find something that works better than the current awful Comcast box.
I think the ideal setup would be a television that doesn't need a cable box at all and that is also compatible with one of those large-button, simplified remote controls. I use Cablecard on my Tivo but I can't seem to find any televisions that take Cablecards directly. Have they all gone away? Has something replaced it? Any recommendations would be appreciated.