This inspiration came from an old TV my grandmother used to have. My mom told me stories of how it used to be a great TV, until it got struck by lightning. Yes, lightning somehow hit her TV.
For years I had assumed that lightning actually came in through the window and smashed into the TV, it wasn't until some time later that it was clarified that it had hit the antenna, and that that, had somehow damaged the TV.
It still didn't really add up to me, wouldn't you just need a new antenna then? How does lightning hit that, and for years you just deal with it? But it was a fun story to hear, and to tell others, so I think we collectively just rolled with it.
It gave the TV a weird quark, where you had to "warm it up" before you could watch it. Meaning, you had to turn the TV on, and leave it for anywhere between 30 - 45 minutes. The audio worked fine during this time, it's just that the picture was snowy before recognition, and all you could do was listen to whatever channel happened to be on last. For a youngster like me at the time, waking up early on a Saturday morning to watch TV. This was unacceptable! Wait! For 30 minutes?! Are you mad?! That might as well be a life time!