Gizmo zaps out TV everywhere.
Marking perhaps the worst week in the TV industry, the last week of
April was renamed TV Turnoff week, in an effort to protest television
consumption. The event, which was initiated in the U.S. in 1994, has
quickly spread to other countries whose residents are sick of the
over-saturation of the telly. And the hottest item to have for this
year's TV Turnoff week was the 'TV-B-Gone', a universal
remote control that can turn off virtually any TV anywhere, much to the
chagrin of store and bar owners. Ad Busters, a Vancouver, Canada-based
magazine which stages campaigns against over-consumption and media
concentration, and supports the TV-free week, sold 2,500 devices at
U.S.$10 each in a few months.