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TV dinner

Baked ... or fried, or grilled, or steamed ...
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TV dinners - a pre-packaged meal intended for consumption while watching TV - are Baked & WKTE.

Food delivery services are also Baked & WKTE.

But BorgCo have identified a market opportunity.

Have you ever been watching something on the TV where the characters are eating a meal, and thought "Hmm, that looks nice ..." ?

Well, now you can find out.

Look out for the subtle knife-and-fork symbol in the corner of the screen. If it's there, it means the meal you can see is actually available for delivery.

Just download the BorgCo App to your cellphone or Smart TV. It will helpfully log all essential* information, and allow you to click on the symbol to activate a hyperlink, giving price and schedule information. If acceptable, click again, and your order will be placed. Then it's just a matter of wiping the drool off your chin until the doorbell rings.

*Name, address, phone number, credit card details, contact list, location history, bookmarks, web browsing history, stored photos, music and video, documents ... anything and everything that anyone else will pay us for, or might be useful for blackmail.

8th of 7, Aug 23 2020

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       Nice try, but my bone marrow type isn't kept on my phone.
Voice, Aug 23 2020
  

       I foresee TV shows progressively using smaller and smaller plates.
Voice, Aug 23 2020
  

       ....and if the programme/film you're watching happens to be Romero's film Dawn Of The Dead, do uncooked body parts arrive packed in ice? [flicks toe nail clipping in 8th's direction instead of croissant crumb]
xenzag, Aug 23 2020
  

       OW !   

       Ewwww, that's disgusting.   

       // uncooked body parts //   

       Geographical restrictions may apply.   

       // my bone marrow type isn't kept on my phone //   

       S'OK, we can get that from the Chinese government.
8th of 7, Aug 23 2020
  

       Delivery schedule? Doorbell? Wouldn’t an on- demand 3D food printer in the home be more profitable? Give them away to subscribers for next to nothing, make it up on consumables and download fees.
kdf, Aug 23 2020
  

       Get them hooked on the service, then sell them replicators. You know it makes sense.   

       Would you like the prospectus for the IPO ?
8th of 7, Aug 23 2020
  

       Although... except for your tie-in to TV shows (and perhaps other streaming media), the concept of on-demand food printing has been around for a while.   

       Have you an advancement on 3D printing to make it fast enough? For food and other products, the slowness of most 3D printing tech is an impediment to wider adoption. Get people their meal in significantly less than 30 minutes and you’ll have their interest.
kdf, Aug 23 2020
  

       I'll have what she's having
theircompetitor, Aug 23 2020
  

       We don't do that any more, we run a food delivery service now.   

       // you’ll have their interest //   

       That's all very well, but rates are at historic lows ... the returns will be small. We don't just want their interest, we want a chunk of their capital too.   

       Then again, it might be worth doing as a loss leader, to get access to their personal data. With the right sort of portable device to authenticate delivery, it will be possible to get a fingerprint, too.
8th of 7, Aug 23 2020
  

       Just to be clear, which do you expect to be the PRIMARY revenue stream in this venture? Customers buying consumables and downloads, or selling their demographic info to others? Both are viable but I think the former is more sustainable.
kdf, Aug 23 2020
  

       Yeah, what xenzag said. If you're watching Hannibal, or Silence of the Lambs, please don't call. The delivery man will simply bring an empty plate and a knife and you'll not be needing a dessert. (thank you, shadow.)   

       Big + for this though, I was just watching a PBS show on Turkey, (the locale, not the feathery kind), and the food looked amazing.
blissmiss, Aug 23 2020
  

       Kinda movie-baked by The Truman Show, where everything on-screen was available to buy. But it's actually a good idea, although it could get a little chaotic with all the cooking shows...
(Psst... [blissmiss]; 2 "s"s, unless you like sand...)
neutrinos_shadow, Aug 23 2020
  

       // which do you expect to be the PRIMARY revenue stream in this venture? //   

       That's an excellent question, and it's important that it should receive a full, concise and entirely honest answer.   

       So we'll pass you over to our Special Advisor, Mr. Sturton Buchanan, who will waste no time in clarifying the situation.   

       // you'll not be needing a desert //   

       On the contrary; deserts are largely uninhabited and little traveled, excellent locations for the permanent concealment of body parts or even entire bodies. Once the attic and the cellar and the back garden are full, it's necessary to be innovative.   

       Hint: dig a fairly deep hole, put ... the stuff ... in, partially backfill it, then put a thick layer of big-ish rocks to keep scavengers out, then finally fill back to level.   

       Goes well with fava beans and a nice Chianti.
8th of 7, Aug 23 2020
  

       Hey, I remember now, dessert is stressed spelled backward. Just sue me ok???
blissmiss, Aug 23 2020
  

       Let's leave Sue out of this. She's just an innocent bystander...   

       ...yes, she should have been a bysitter, but that's not her fault either because it's not a word.   

       + I especially like the fork and knife symbol in the corner
xandram, Aug 24 2020
  

       Can this be extended to furniture, cars, and female or male companionship?
Voice, Aug 24 2020
  

       Don't watch anything by Jan Svankmayer
hippo, Aug 24 2020
  

       // Can this be extended to furniture, cars, //   

       Yes, it can.   

       // and female or male companionship? //   

       In your case, only the companionship of non-humans; we advise something unsophisticated and slow moving, as it will inevitably make determined efforts to escape your presence. Try a goldfish, but buy a tank with s close -fitting clip-on lid ...
8th of 7, Aug 24 2020
  
      
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