Video: Gizmodo turning off TVs – lots of TVs – at CES

“CES has no shortage of displays. And when MAKE offered us some TV-B-Gone clickers to bring to the show, we pretty much couldn’t help ourselves. We shut off a TV. And then another. And then a wall of TVs. And we just couldn’t stop,” Brian Lam reports for Gizmodo.

Full article with video, “Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES,” here.

Maybe because it’s Friday evening and we’re getting silly, but we can’t stop laughing when watching this video! (We’ve probably been to far too many trade shows; anything to break the monotony – especially at the pointless, overkill CES – is always welcome.) Plus, this is just so Woz-like, it’s like a tribute to the Apple co-founder!

Gizmodo is going straight to tech hell.


  1. …been watching AAPL drop another 5 bucks today and all stressed out trying to know when to execute the buy order for more of the stuff.

    “Something in the Air” had better be something or I’m going to get it at an even lower price this time next week and, if tha’ts the case, how much lower will it go. Oh, there I go again… got any more of these funnies?

  2. What a bunch of immature jerks. I hope they get their press passes revoked for this. It’s not funny, it’s just childish and incredibly inconsiderate. What if that guy gets fired for that presentation goof-up?

    Gizmodo has crossed the line on this one, and MDN should be ashamed for posting it.

  3. In college, I built small TV jammers. I’d go to the one dorm that had a color TV, sit in the back, in the dark, and tune in my jammer. The screen got messed up, not totally but enough to bother everyone. Without any plan, a friend in the front row, who knew what was going on (I hope he did) whacked the TV. I instantly turned the jammer off and the TV worked fine.

    For weeks I would occassionally turn the jammer on. It took more and more students turning more and more dials on the color TV until it would finally work. One time I actually was one of the ones adjusting the fine tuning control and all, operating the jammer in my other hand. I never got caught.

    One evening, about three people were whacking and adjusting the TV from all sides. I noticed that one of them had his hand on the screen, so I turned the jammer off. As they breathed a sigh of relief, the hand came off the screen and I turned the jammer back on. One of them said “freeze, where were your bodies” because by this time they all knew that it could sometimes have something to do with where your body was. Eventually the one guy reached out to the screen again and I turned off the jammer. He figured it out and started testing, hand on, hand off, hand on again. I kept pace. Then this guy put his foot down from the chair it was in (he was standing) and I made the TV go bad again. He picked up his foot and it went good. He announced that it was some sort of ‘grounding’ effect and left his foot in the air (on the chair) and his hand on the middle of the screen for the last 30 minutes of a “Mission Impossible” show.

    On another occassion, when the TV went bad, one guy said that the repairman had made a point about it being an antenna problem. To test this, he held up the older style, twin lead, antenna wire and the TV cleared up. He put the wire down and the jamming started. After a while, the TV went bad even as he held the antenna wire off the ground. So he raised it higher with success. Later it went bad again and he climbed up on a chair to get the TV working. Then he had to stand on the chair with the antenna held above his head. For my final feat, I only let the TV work when he stood on his tiptoes on this chair.

    I remember my first remote control watch. I could turn off TV’s in stores and other places all the time, very discretely. My sons loved these.

  4. These guys should be embarrassed by their actions …. not the least bit funny … very disconcerting that MDN would think this is cute and harmless … wonder what MDN would say if someone pulled a stunt like this on Mr. Jobs …. love Apple … like MDN … but this was just not very nice …

  5. @bob:

    Why didn’t people at a consumer entertainment show just block the IR ports on the TV? that seems like a pretty obvious thing to do considering the number of people going through the event and the potential for this to happen.

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