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Teletext, you're still using it?

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Do you use Teletext (Ceefax) ?

Yes
11
31%
No
5
14%
What's Teletext?
18
51%
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1
3%
 
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Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Hairless Kitten II » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:27 am

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What's Teletext?

Teletext (or "broadcast Teletext") is a television information retrieval service developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s. It offers a range of text-based information, typically including national, international and sporting news, weather and TV schedules. Subtitle (or closed captioning) information is also transmitted in the teletext signal, typically on page 888 or 777.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletext

I still use it a lot. In many countries the Teletext content is feed by the news department and often the earliest source of information.

But what about you?
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Greater Oceanium » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:40 am

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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Risottia » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:50 am

I do. In Italy we call it "Televideo".
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Hairless Kitten II » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:01 am

Risottia wrote:I do. In Italy we call it "Televideo".


One day, my nephew (he's 17 years old) was around while I was watching Teletext.

Nephew: What's that? It's looks so old. It have to be boring.

:)
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby The Blaatschapen » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:04 am

Ah, teletext, a fine classic of 20th century technology.

I use it, mostly for checking the results of ongoing soccer matches.
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Allemande » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:09 am

As the article indicated, this never caught on in the States. We've moved in different directions, with more closed captioning and web-TV integration (my AT&T U-verse service can function in something akin to a web-surfing mode using the TV controller instead of a mouse).
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Hairless Kitten II » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:09 am

The Blaatschapen wrote:Ah, teletext, a fine classic of 20th century technology.

I use it, mostly for checking the results of ongoing soccer matches.


Hey Blaatschapen, wat doe jij nou hier met een Belgiesche vlag, man? Doe zoals ik en kom nou hier gewoon even wonen. Is goed voor je belastingen ook. ;)

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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby The Blaatschapen » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:42 am

@HK: I won't respond to that question, since all threads where I start speaking dutch end up in forum 7 :blush:
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Rejistania » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:50 am

I used it last Sunday for election results at my parents. I have no TV at home, so normally, I don't use it. :ugeek:
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby EvilDarkMagicians » Fri Sep 04, 2009 2:13 am

So sad it is being scrapped.

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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Charlotte Ryberg » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:06 am

Glad you brought this up, Hairless Kitten II: I have loads of memories.

The use of Ceefax has been very very influential since it's like a early form of the internet on your TV. The travel news on Page 162 (ITV) used to have a simplified map of the M25 motorway with the type of problems coloured into it. 888 must be the most memorable number because that was where the subtitles were, and very helpful for the hearing impaired. Pages 700-799 only got used for the General Election results back in '05 since there were too many constituencies to fit into the news service between 101-199. Channel 4 used to run a game called Bamboozle which used pages with letters (such as 14A). In 2002 there were also a few test pages I came across on ITV pages 699, 704, 705 and 799.

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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Pure Metal » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:08 am

bubblegun comedy pages were the only thing i ever used teletext for. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitiser


other than that, no... grew up with the internets instead. my dad's going to miss it though
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Rhursbourg » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:46 am

yeah use it just for the footy letters page there a good laugh sometimes
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby German Nightmare » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:49 am

Oh yeah, Videotext is very nice to have.
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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Nerushimi Rus » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:50 am

To be absolutely honest, it looks like MS Paint.

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Re: Teletext, you're still using it?

Postby Rejistania » Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:16 am

Charlotte Ryberg wrote:Glad you brought this up, Hairless Kitten II: I have loads of memories.

The use of Ceefax has been very very influential since it's like a early form of the internet on your TV. The travel news on Page 162 (ITV) used to have a simplified map of the M25 motorway with the type of problems coloured into it. 888 must be the most memorable number because that was where the subtitles were, and very helpful for the hearing impaired. Pages 700-799 only got used for the General Election results back in '05 since there were too many constituencies to fit into the news service between 101-199. Channel 4 used to run a game called Bamboozle which used pages with letters (such as 14A). In 2002 there were also a few test pages I came across on ITV pages 699, 704, 705 and 799.

Oh... teletext memories... I can contrubute as well. Did anyone else love to find out the text pages on the last pages? I liked to do that as a child. Or read the subtitles on 150 in the state owned stations and noticed how they differed from what was actually said. :ugeek:
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Postby Burnsantium » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:54 pm

My girlfriend is originally from Germany, and I remember her mentioning teletext a couple of times when we would talk about tv related stuff. I never had any idea what the hell she was talking about until we went to visit her family for Christmas in Germany, and I finally saw it. I guess it gets the job done, but I couldn't believe how ancient it looked. It reminded me of our first computer, an Apple II I think, but with a little more color variety. Good times.

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Postby Maurepas » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:59 pm

Meh, I has the Interwebs, and I dont think its available in the United States, besides, as your nephew so eloquently put, it looks boring, :lol2:

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Postby Barzan » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:06 pm

They don't have it in Canada, to my knowledge. I did use those telephone information services, though, where you dial codes for weather, election results, sports scores, exchange rates, etc. Environment Canada also used to have a weather line where you could get the temperature, current conditions, short- and long-term forecasts, etc. Now they've scrapped it along with the free "dial a live meteorologist" line, which you now have to pay for.
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Postby Fartsniffage » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:08 pm

I still have a look for cheap holidays but other than that it's been wholly superseeded by the internet.

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Postby The Blaatschapen » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:10 pm

Rejistania wrote:
Charlotte Ryberg wrote:Glad you brought this up, Hairless Kitten II: I have loads of memories.

The use of Ceefax has been very very influential since it's like a early form of the internet on your TV. The travel news on Page 162 (ITV) used to have a simplified map of the M25 motorway with the type of problems coloured into it. 888 must be the most memorable number because that was where the subtitles were, and very helpful for the hearing impaired. Pages 700-799 only got used for the General Election results back in '05 since there were too many constituencies to fit into the news service between 101-199. Channel 4 used to run a game called Bamboozle which used pages with letters (such as 14A). In 2002 there were also a few test pages I came across on ITV pages 699, 704, 705 and 799.

Oh... teletext memories... I can contrubute as well. Did anyone else love to find out the text pages on the last pages? I liked to do that as a child. Or read the subtitles on 150 in the state owned stations and noticed how they differed from what was actually said. :ugeek:


Well, over here 888 was the subtitles. Allthough I find out that the commercial channels didn't have subtitling in the beginning. And yes, I loved to scan through all pages to see if something weird pops up... And that also sums up my addiction to NSG :p
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Postby Charlotte Ryberg » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:26 pm

The Blaatschapen wrote:Well, over here 888 was the subtitles. Allthough I find out that the commercial channels didn't have subtitling in the beginning. And yes, I loved to scan through all pages to see if something weird pops up... And that also sums up my addiction to NSG :p


It is indeed very regretful that such a useful feature has been replaced by "refer to your manufacturer's instructions", which can vary between brands.


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