First of all, we have an actual fireplace, so playing a video of a fire - even one accompanied by holiday music, which the board member declared was half the point - is redundant and silly when we have a real fire crackling away merrily. Second, my boss hired a harpist for the event so again, the fake TV fire is unnecessary. Finally, the whole concept is a stupid idea.
Don't get me wrong - I like fires as much as the next person. They create beautiful shadows and the flames are really pretty to watch as they dance. But I just can't see the point of a 'virtual' fire playing on a TV screen. They don't look real - the computer generated ones are the worst, but even the videos can't capture the vibrancy of a real flame. The music is usually pretty banal and doesn't add much to the ambiance. I have no idea why Mr. Board Member was so disappointed...but he's also the sort of guy who likes watching fake fish swim in a TV aquarium, so maybe he just loves the idea of having his television blaring twenty-four hours a day.