Okay, show of hands. When you think of the color of television tuned to a dead channel what comes to mind?
Static gray, a constant jumble of black-and-white that's hard to pin down.
That blue screen.
I've always just seen the static gray and associated it with the state of mind you're in when you wake up and the channel you were watching had signed off. Most VCR's and TV's these days just superimpose that blue screen if the signal isn't strong enough. So the color of television, tuned to a dead channel, is bright blue. Anybody see Neuromancer opening with a night sky that's a harsher shade of blue than daylight?