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#192096 26-Feb-2016 15:27
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The good old days where broadcast TV was in it's peak, SKY launched but there was no other digital option until Freeview arrived in 2006, for some it was only receiving 2 channels even 3 if you are lucky!

 

I remember when I was living in the Far North, we had no UHF band transmission so it was all VHF from several repeaters linked from Whangarei, terrible reception but still watched TV.

 

Share your ATV days...

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  #1499930 26-Feb-2016 15:28
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grainy delayed rugby at 4pm on TVOne.  The only game of the week!





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  #1499932 26-Feb-2016 15:32
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We lived in Bahrain in the middle east.

 

Our TV Aerial rotated and had a round controller unit thing that controlled it. You spun the dial and the internal thin rotated with the aerial to where you wanted it.

 

Rotating to different directions got us different channels. All with enforced breaks at prayer time where they cut to mosque images/video with the call to prayer.

 

We also had to plug the aerial rotator thing into a big heavy transformer as the city/town/compound where we lived (Awali) had an interesting mix of 120V and 240V.


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  #1499934 26-Feb-2016 15:37
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Analog TV was rubbish but digital Freeview is not much better, could have been, but alas no. Thank god the good old days are going ....going....going.....




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  #1499937 26-Feb-2016 15:40
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joshhill96:

 

Share your ATV days...

 

Taking a 14inch CRT TV away to the Bach to watch the Olympics or some other thing that was inevitably on at 2 in the morning, and having to get people to stand and touch the indoor "bunny ears" antenna to get an acceptable signal from a small repeater on the back of some hill in the middle of nowhere....


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  #1499941 26-Feb-2016 15:43
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The joys of rabbit ears on a Philips K9


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  #1499951 26-Feb-2016 16:00
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Getting up at 1:30am to watch the FA Cup final (I think it was 1971, Arsenal v. Liverpool, but might have that wrong) in glorious black, white and grey on a Golden Knight (Farmer's own brand) TV with a screen so small and grainy that the only way I could tell one team from the other was the direction they were gioing. My brother and I lay on the floor about six feet from the screen. Mum made hot sausage rolls.


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  #1499952 26-Feb-2016 16:03
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The switch rendered VCRs redundant for recording, as well as CRTs, as it was better value just buying an LCD, than buying a box and needing two remotes. I am sure it was a boom time for retailers. . We are still paying the license fee / NZ on Air in our taxes. That was a good thing to get rid of as people avoided it. But the money has funded some really poor things programs recently. eg The GC, reality crap etc.




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  #1499953 26-Feb-2016 16:04
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TV in the 1960s:

 

Grandfather initially hired us a TV over the winter 'for the boys' - me and my brother. Dad was a TV grinch for some reason - probably just couldnt afford it I guess. 

 

One channel - glorious black and white - seem to recall it only came on air later in the day.

 

Later on, same Grandfather shouted us a TV. It was a G.E.C. TV was still black and white then.

 

19" I think with the twist (rotary) channel selector - not that there was a second channel for many years. So we had a TV permanently.

 

Always seemed to break down in the middle of winter - would always be away for a week or so just when you wanted it most.

 

TV in the 1970s:

 

I remember when TV went colour in 1974 really hoping that somehow the TV would burst into colour when they 'switched on colour' - dumb kid that I was...

 

TV2 started in 1975 (only in Christchurch in the South Island) and living in Timaru it was officially out of range of the Christchurch transmitter. They were slow to go nationwide. TV2 was on channel 8. TV1 for South canterbury was on channel 7.

 

Everyone in Timaru seemed to put up a second aerial pointed north to Christchurch.  Grandad lived in a higher up part of town with a clear view towards Christchurch. He got wonderful TV2 reception pretty much 100% of the time. I was fascinated with his TV (I would have been 12). Another channel! I think TV2 also started with a Telethon. TV that didnt stop and was on first thing - even if it was just one weekend!

 

Remember about a year later (probably the next Telethon) being really fed up that we couldnt get TV2 on our aerial. I had previously got up on a ladder and twisted the existing aerial - but no joy. So we borrowed another aerial and I found a very long length of plain electrical cable in the garage and convinced dad to let me go right up to the apex of the roof (it wasnt very sloped to be fair). E Voila! TV2 - quite clear. Dad seemed impressed so ran a proper cable made a bracket and we had a switch behind the TV to change aerials when required. TV2 (south pacific television) was amazing - but had a habit of the signal dropping out during your favourite program. In a period of a few minutes it could go from 100% perfect picture to vanishing altogether. The joys of living out of range of a TV transmitter.

 

I also recall that annoying rotary channel selector playing up. Was fine until it started getting some exercise. You had to give it a good wiggle sometimes and occasionally a thump on the top of the TV to stoop it playing silly beggars!

 

 





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  #1499957 26-Feb-2016 16:15
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I remember growing up in the UK we only had 3 channels - BBC 1, BBC2 and ITV.

 

Then came the birth of the imaginatively named Channel 4.

 

Apart from Sky, that was still the case when I left the UK. I think there are many more now, mostly of dubious quality by all accounts.

 

We have Sky Basic and Soho here and even that is too many channels for me to even be aware of what is on where, which ones are new and which ones repeats (I do wish OSG writers would merely add the word "Repeat" when appropriate!) and so on so I still have series that start that I had not realised were starting/worth watching/etc and that kind of thing, as well as missing the beginning of things I catch the end of and then end up wishing I had seen the beginning of etc.

 

Not enough hours in the day to watch all the content.






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I remember buying my first VCR, would have been in the mid eighties, cost me $2035.00 and was one the first front loading machines in NZ. It had a corded remote and you could record one thing a week that was on a timer. There was only one Video store at the time and I think it had around 15 titles to choose from.

 

I had a V8 landcrusier with a 350 chev motor in it and a CB unit. Back then (perhaps still now) you needed a license to use it. I bought an under the counter amp for it and got busted using it by some roving inspectors who were picking up my amplified transmit signal. Ahhh the fun days.





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  #1499960 26-Feb-2016 16:17
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Geektastic:

 

I remember growing up in the UK we only had 3 channels - BBC 1, BBC2 and ITV.

 

Then came the birth of the imaginatively named Channel 4.

 

Apart from Sky, that was still the case when I left the UK. I think there are many more now, mostly of dubious quality by all accounts.

 

We have Sky Basic and Soho here and even that is too many channels for me to even be aware of what is on where, which ones are new and which ones repeats (I do wish OSG writers would merely add the word "Repeat" when appropriate!) and so on so I still have series that start that I had not realised were starting/worth watching/etc and that kind of thing, as well as missing the beginning of things I catch the end of and then end up wishing I had seen the beginning of etc.

 

Not enough hours in the day to watch all the content.

 

 

 

 

Or is it not enough content worth watching to fill an hour :P


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  #1499996 26-Feb-2016 16:52
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As a child I lived in Sydney, and my aunt had one of the first TV sets in our suburb. Having an outside TV aerial was a status symbol.
Channel 9 Sydney was the first station in Australia to begin regular transmissions, in September 1956.

There were test transmissions for 3 months before that, which I was sometimes allowed to watch, typically a test slide with occasional short movies - I remember seeing a pianist playing one tune before the screen went back to the test pattern. Very exciting stuff! smile





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  #1500050 26-Feb-2016 17:35
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Mspec:

 

I remember buying my first VCR, would have been in the mid eighties, cost me $2035.00 and was one the first front loading machines in NZ. It had a corded remote and you could record one thing a week that was on a timer. There was only one Video store at the time and I think it had around 15 titles to choose from.

 

I had a V8 landcrusier with a 350 chev motor in it and a CB unit. Back then (perhaps still now) you needed a license to use it. I bought an under the counter amp for it and got busted using it by some roving inspectors who were picking up my amplified transmit signal. Ahhh the fun days.

 

 

 

 

I had one around that era when I was a child, and I was the only one who would run it. I recell it had 7 spaces for programming, and also a corded remote which was quite cool. Think it was philips from the mid eighties. It was one of the first front loading ones, as the others being sold were top loading.


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I can remember when South Pacific TV (later TV2) started in 1976. Finally that channel dial on our black and white TV had a use.

 

I was 5 or 6 at the time and wondered if a man had to come around and adjust our TV to get the new channel.


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  #1500077 26-Feb-2016 18:24
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I want analog back!

 

 

 

(my car has a TV and I can't use it) :(


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