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  #519272 10-Sep-2011 14:01
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Many people have purchased non freeview approved STB, which do have teletext compatibility, so I pressume those may no work with a different teletext system. I have a hills freeview approved STB, and that has no teletext anyway.

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  #519273 10-Sep-2011 14:07
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sbiddle: Last I heard (around 18 months ago), the plan was for DigiText to launch as a replacement for Teletext after ASO. This would be a MHEG5 based replacement. I have no idea of this is still the plan.

But would that be compatible with existing STBs and freeview UHF TVs which do have textetxt already built in.

It has nothing to do with Teletext compatability, since it would be a MHEG5 based service that would work with every Freeview certified device.


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  #519293 10-Sep-2011 15:33
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Hi guys thanks for your help i disconnected the HDMI & connected by component cable & now have via tv remote
thanks again guys

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  #519335 10-Sep-2011 18:16
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didn't know people still used Teletext now.....

back in 1997, that was the first place i heard that Princess Diana had died :( 

headline was - "Di Dead" 

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  #519337 10-Sep-2011 18:24
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lannykaster: didn't know people still used Teletext now.....

back in 1997, that was the first place i heard that Princess Diana had died :(?

headline was - "Di Dead"?

I believe it is still very widely used in the deaf and elderly communities. Obviously for us younger folk the internet has taken over.

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  #519929 12-Sep-2011 13:23
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My first job in journalism (well, sort of) was at Teletext, working in the captioning department putting out subtitles for Deaf and hard of hearing viewers... interestingly the service was widely used by ESOL students because New Zealanders' accent is too hard to understand unless you've also got the written version underneath.

Kiwis talk much faster than most other regions, I discovered, so a 30 minute episode of Shortland Street would often contain as many subtitles as an hour long Xena, for instance.

They do tend to forget about Teletext though. I remember being in the control room at TVNZ when the first digital content was being broadcast. I asked the techy guy I knew what it would do to the subtitles and he looked at me horrified. They hadn't tested for subtitles at all. Nobody knew.

Fortunately it all worked and no more was said.

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