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October 16, 2007

Channel 3

Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, DVD, humor, television — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am

I can’t make any sense of this, even ignoring the factual error (if channel 3 is a broadcast station in your area, then it not going to be your television’s default station for the DVD or VCR).


  1. Most analog cable systems put a throwaway channel (local access, shoptv etc) on Ch 3.

    VCRs, combo units, and DVD recorders use channel 3 (sometimes there’s a switch to toggle between 3 and 4) so it can play back if you aren’t connected to the composite inputs on your TV.

    Funny thing is most standalone DVD players don’t even have a tuner with an RF output, you have to use the composite outs.

    Comment by Rusty — October 16, 2007 @ 12:50 am

  2. Rather than leading into the commercial break with a catchy slogan or title or “Home of…” some notable news anchor/weatherman/traffic reporter/etc., Arlo’s Channel 3 seems content to simply point out that it’s a good station to leave your TV on by default.

    Comment by Rick — October 16, 2007 @ 2:23 am

  3. H’uh? lol

    Comment by grownANDsexy — October 16, 2007 @ 3:49 am

  4. I happen to live in an area where there is both a Channel 3 and a Channel 4. I remember that the Atari 2600 video game system could be set to run on channel 2, so I set it to run on channel 2!

    Comment by dwc — October 16, 2007 @ 7:19 am

  5. we have a channel three here and that’s still the default for my cable.

    I’m not saying that this makes any sense, because it doesn’t, but . . .

    Comment by laterain — October 16, 2007 @ 7:37 am

  6. The channel will do anything to get you to watch – including being on the DVD/VCR default channel. So, in theory, everyone has to tune in to ch. 3 eventually and they can boast more viewership. Hence the ‘some people will do anything’ implied by the ‘no pride’ comment. (I think.)

    Comment by BF — October 16, 2007 @ 8:52 am

  7. I don’t care if this one doesn’t make any sense; it made me laugh out loud.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — October 16, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  8. Channel 3 is PBS on our cable. Channels 2, 3, and 4 are all local stations around here. And our PBS rocks, so i doubt they’d use that advertising.

    Comment by eelf — October 16, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

  9. That’s odd- there’s been a channel 3 wherever I’ve lived for my entire life. In the days before cable, it was CBC…and I think it still is.

    Certainly not a “throw-away” station.

    Comment by Madalch — October 16, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

  10. This made perfect sense to me. Channel 3 is a broadcast station (CBS affiliate) for my cable installation and it is the station to which I have to tune in to use my DVD player. I also thought it was pretty funny that that was the best thing that Arlo’s channel 3 could say for itself.

    Comment by M. Dabney — October 16, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

  11. I thought this was funny when I read it the first time because I thought Channel 3 was simply lying. Fibbing. Making it up.

    And the 4th panel seemed to confirm this… and it made sense… I thought the idea was that the idea of watching whatever’s on, instead of whatever’s on DVD, is getting antique, and the broadcasters are getting desperate, and they’ll resort to anything, including scare tactics, to get just a few seconds of your time.

    But now you people make me wonder if I misunderstood the strip all along.

    So, for me this isn’t a CIDU but a CITIU (Comic I Thought I Understood).

    Comment by Ron Obvious — October 18, 2007 @ 4:49 am

  12. Good grief, how young are the lot of you? I’m only 26, and even I remember that before TV’s had “Line In” channels, you would switch your TV to channel 3 to use the VCR (or Nintendo, or early DVD player). This applied primarily to devices with coaxial inputs, and it had NOTHING to do with what signal your local cable company put on channel 3.

    Apparently, the broadcasters for this particular channel 3 are resigned to the fact that the only time anyone tunes into their channel is right before they turn on their DVD players.

    Comment by Wonkey the Monkey — October 23, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

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