Over the past four years every visit to a doctor or hospital has involved some time spent in a waiting room, in the case of hospital visits it has often been more than an hour waiting. Each of those waiting rooms has had a selection of bad magazines and a TV. If I ever visit a hospital after 8PM then I might have a chance of seeing something that I want to watch on TV, but otherwise it’s all awful.
Fortunately there are better things that they could do. It would not be difficult to get a basic PC and install all the content from ted.com (and possibly other sites with quality free content) and have some sort of video juke-box program running. TED not only has lectures about arts and science but also performances by musicians and dancers. The chance that a random person can find something they enjoy in TED’s archives seems significantly greater than the chance of finding something worth watching in the daytime-soap TV segment.
But TED is far from the only option available, there are quite a number of free video sites and the ones that include advertising in the video stream would probably be more than happy to have their content copied on to juke boxes.