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Television in Florida
No-one chooses to spend their vacation in Florida because of the television on offer. But your Orlando Villas Vacation Home will provide at least one television, and this will be a welcome addition to the entertainment on your vacation.
And whilst there may be a degree of truth in the song by one American rock singer '57 channels and nothing on', with a little perseverance it is always possible to find some entertainment to watch whilst relaxing in the luxury of your vacation home. Although if hotel habits die hard, many homes also provide additional TV sets in one or more bedrooms, so there is no need to miss the late night shows.Local Television
There are several local channels which provide local information - including an updated weather forecast every 10 minutes. In between the weather reports, the broadcasts will also provide traffic news in detail which visitors from the United Kingdom would associate with a local radio station.Drama
Many American drama series are well known to visitors from the United Kingdom - examples being 'Desperate Housewives', 'The West Wing', '24 Hours' and 'Lost'. These are shown in America ahead of being exported. Television shows are also exported by the United Kingdom to the United States, so some shows will be instantly recognised - either in their original format (many 80's comedy shows are broadcast), or remade for an American audience (‘Steptoe and Son’ has emerged as ‘Sanford and Son’, whilst 'The Office' has been rescripted with new actors).Game Shows
Popular shows such as 'The Weakest Link' have transferred from the United Kingdom - this show still has the same presenter. 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' is also shown on US National television, although with an American presenter (if you like this show, do check out the excellent presentation at Disney Hollywood Studios).Children's Television
The Cartoon Network and Disney Channel can help keep the youngsters occupied - whilst older children (and adults) can choose from a range of music channels, such as VH-1 and MTV. These can be ideal for keeping the youngsters occupied whilst they adjust to the time difference - if they wake up at 4am, a few television programmes may just keep them occupied long enough to let the adults sleep a little longer.Sport
There are numerous channels with endless sport, be it baseball, basketball, golf, ice hockey - or occasional overseas sport, perhaps even soccer!Check with the villa owner
Not all channels are available in all homes - so if there is a particular programme or type of channel you want, check with the owner first. There is so much to do in Florida that you shouldn't allow the television to dominate your relaxation time - but it is definitely a welcome addition. Even if it is only used for watching the latest release movies rented from the local DVD and video hire store.
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