You're right-too much TV, while we mountain folk have TV deprivation unless we are willing to pay through the nose for it.
Just remind him, while he is sitting there satellite surfing, that there are colleagues of yours out there that are keeping him in mind, and hoping he picks up a little atmospheric interference!
Also, remind Mr. Paranoia that, since 9/11, folks have way too much to do than to be checking out nursing BB's, looking for signal catchers! LOL!
If he should ever change his mind...