Neobytes :) Talk show hosts make fun of Fox News' Windows 8 touchscreens

Earlier this week, the Fox News cable TV channel debuted a new studio they called the "News Deck" that looked more like a starship bridge, complete with lots of 55-inch touchscreens running Windows 8. In a statement, Microsoft told Neowin, "We can confirm that Fox News has deployed Perceptive Pixel by Microsoft devices in their newsroom. PPI devices, combined with Windows 8, open new possibilities for productivity, collaboration and presentation for customers like Fox News."

While Fox News, and anchor Shepard Smith, seemed to be impressed with what the channel had created, the News Deck still became the subject of parody in many late night talk shows this week. An example was shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live that offered a clip of Smith and one of the News Deck's touchscreen operators talking about a very serious story that involved eight people dying. Smith then asks the News Deck operator, "These things (the touchscreens) are fun to work with, aren't they?". As Kimmel himself says, maybe it's not a good idea to say "eight people dead" and "fun to work with" so close to each other. Later, it alters Smith's remote that controls a video wall to make it look like a light saber.


The Daily Show With Jon Stewart always has Fox News in its sights and this week's introduction of the News Deck was a perfect opportunity for Stewart to make fun of the channel and the new studio. Even though both the touchscreens and OS were made by Microsoft, Stewart said that they looked like big iPads that had been stolen from an angry giant. Stewart also suggested that the staff of the News Deck used the big screens to play Fruit Ninja when Smith wasn't looking.

The Colbert Report
Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive


The Colbert Report went the furthest with its parody of the Fox News Deck, as host Stephen Colbert introduced us to their own advanced touchscreen that blows away the ones made by Perceptive Pixel. The "Colbert Info News Veranda" has a 38-story touchscreen climbing wall manned by "information sherpas" that hang off the structure. Even if they fall to tragic deaths, Colbert says that's just an opportunity to put more information on the massive touchscreen wall informing us of their demise.

Sources: Jimmy Kimmel, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft lets people verify their Bing Personal Snapshots identities

Next Story

Interview: We chat with the former Microsoft executive turned home beer maker

60 Comments

View more comments

We shouldn't need to have to find a proxy to view a Neowin article in full - the folks at Neowin should ensure content they post is accessible to their global audience!

GreatMarkO said,
We shouldn't need to have to find a proxy to view a Neowin article in full - the folks at Neowin should ensure content they post is accessible to their global audience!

Do you realize how much it would cost for them to make the videos available to you?

It would be just as sad for Neowin to skip news because some users could not view the originating content/articles.

Mobius Enigma said,

Do you realize how much it would cost for them to make the videos available to you?

I'm not suggesting for one minute that Neowin "host" these videos themselves - simply remove them from the article, source them from another location (i.e. YouTube), or at the very least make reference in the article that some of the content may not be available to everyone!! ...none of these things would could Neowin anything!!

while I think the fox news network is nothing but a republican/tea-party propaganda channel, the fact they embrace technology that makes their rivals look outdated and outgunned is to their credit. and oh yeah, they have ratings that make their rivals green with envy so fun is all they can get fox news with.

No sarcasm and uses the word "KIDS."

Thank God, you could tells these things. You're so mature. /s

Pretentious or Sarcastic!!! Choose!!! Perhaps even PONTIFICATE!!!

Those giant touch screens with a retardedly small amount of screen realestate is one of the dumber things i've seen. Though we do know for a fact there is one Neowin member who thinks they are the greatest ting since sliced bread.

Edited by warwagon, Oct 13 2013, 2:19pm :

warwagon said,
Those giant touch screens with a retardedly small amount screen realestate is one of the dumber things i've seen. Though we do know for a fact their is one Neowin member who thinks they are the greatest ting since sliced bread.

It looks ****ing hideous...

There is a difference between making fun of technology and how the technology is used.

In theory devices like these could be quite useful to a new organization; however, the way FOX is using them is beyond ridiculous.

Mobius Enigma said,
There is a difference between making fun of technology and how the technology is used.

In theory devices like these could be quite useful to a new organization; however, the way FOX is using them is beyond ridiculous.


I watched two shows looking at those people using them and they seemed to be using them just fine.

this is hilarious. people talk about how great Windows 8 is, it is useful for the purpose that fox news is using it for.

boy bitter jealousy

I love the error messages given that I'm in Canada and can't view these videos:

"Sorry, but this video is unavailable from your location.
In case you can't give up your free healthcare and move to America, you can watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at thecomedynetwork.ca

Sorry, but this video is unavailable from your location, probably due to your overly polite attitudes. But never fear, as you can watch clips from The Colbert Report at thecomedynetwork.ca"

It's such a gross waste of money. I haven't stopped making fun of it since seeing it. It makes the 'reporters' look like nothing more than web surfing, tweeters. The best quote was that all of what they're doing could actually just be done with a smartphone! That 'deck' is ridiculous. If I had ever been able to take FOX serious this would have killed it.

Commenting is disabled on this article.