Sunday, June 17, 2012

CEEFAX: A brief introduction to the BBC’s original teletext service, from 1972

Before 24-hour rolling news, satellite TV and the internet, CEEFAX was how most people accessed breaking news stories, sports results, weather reports, TV listings and even horoscopes.

CEEFAX was the first teletext facility in the world, enabling television viewers to ‘see facts’ on their TV screens. Launched in 1974, CEEFAX was originally developed by BBC engineers in the late 1960s, who utilized ‘the little gaps in the signal….the little bits of frequency not being used’ that came into TV sets.

This year marks the end of CEEFAX, as the popular info service will not be replaced once the analog signal is switched off in Britain, on October 24th - almost exactly 40-years since the idea was first introduced to the public in this short clip from October 1972.

With thanks to nellym


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