Ceefax (1974 - 2012)

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  • Dirtbox 19 Apr 2012 13:57:57 77,468 posts
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    Yes, it is being retired along with the analogue broadcasting signals that carried it. Teletext and Oracle departed quite a while back.

    Fairwell old friend.



    Let us share our favourite memories of this stalwart of British televisual entertainment.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 14:10:48 19-04-2012

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  • THFourteen 19 Apr 2012 13:59:01 32,858 posts
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    heh i remember days of watching footie scores come in on teletext.

    and waiting for the gossip page to roll round from 4/4 to 3/4 so you could read the page you missed.

    300 was sport, 302 was football IIRC
  • Chopsen 19 Apr 2012 13:59:05 15,723 posts
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    I wonder how many people read it over the last year? Must be tiny numbers.
  • kalel 19 Apr 2012 14:01:14 86,344 posts
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    I thought it was long gone.

    No more teletext holidays.
  • localnotail 19 Apr 2012 14:01:29 23,093 posts
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    /salutes

    What will people who can't come down watch now?

    Wycombe Wanderers have a curious relationship with Ceefax:


    Edited by localnotail at 14:04:48 19-04-2012

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • billythekid 19 Apr 2012 14:03:19 11,023 posts
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    I used to love playing Bamboozle on it. I also remember being very jealous of people who got a new telly that had fast text.
  • Nanocrystal 19 Apr 2012 14:03:40 991 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    and waiting for the gossip page to roll round from 4/4 to 3/4 so you could read the page you missed.
    Did you not have a "hold" button?
  • BinaryBob101 19 Apr 2012 14:05:22 22,294 posts
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    It was the internet of it's day really, wasn't it.

    Sad moment.

    Beautiful tender beings.

  • neilka 19 Apr 2012 14:05:36 15,655 posts
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  • Deleted user 19 April 2012 14:13:46
    /salutes digitiser
  • Chopsen 19 Apr 2012 14:14:29 15,723 posts
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    Nanocrystal wrote:
    THFourteen wrote:
    and waiting for the gossip page to roll round from 4/4 to 3/4 so you could read the page you missed.
    Did you not have a "hold" button?
    The hold button was a complete con. The current page advanced anyway, so when you took the hold off it would just display the currently broadcast one.

    say you press hold on 1/4, take time to read it, release hold, it could be 3/4 that was next. Meaning you'd have to wait for the whole bloody thing to round again.

    Most pointless feature ever.
  • kinky_mong 19 Apr 2012 14:15:23 9,958 posts
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    neilka wrote:

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    :D Classic!

    Will always have a special place in my heart due to Digitiser and Bamboozle.

    I'll never get my Orc looking the same again.

  • mal 19 Apr 2012 14:24:18 22,336 posts
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    Yeah, I pretty much gave up on Teletext when 4-Tel died. Ceefax is just for the cricket scores and now&next.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • SolidSCB 19 Apr 2012 14:33:11 6,387 posts
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    Nooooooo

    /fondly remembers Bamboozle, Digitizer and the only place I could get latest football scores at the time

    :'(
  • Zizoo 19 Apr 2012 14:35:00 8,112 posts
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    Egg pie??
  • Whizzo 19 Apr 2012 14:36:48 43,033 posts
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    The overlay feature of having the football scores at the bottom of the screen as you were watching something else was rather nice in ye olden times.

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  • Deckard1 19 Apr 2012 14:37:03 27,148 posts
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    I miss bamboozle :(

    Teletext died for me when digitiser died.

  • mal 19 Apr 2012 14:38:50 22,336 posts
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    Hmm, on consideration this means I now have no idea how to find the official home office list of countries that you should probably not visit at the moment.

    I mean, I could google it, but it's not the same.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Whizzo 19 Apr 2012 14:39:01 43,033 posts
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    I shall have to search for the screen cap I have of the Top 40 with Chocolate Salty Balls at #1.

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  • mrpon 19 Apr 2012 14:46:00 28,437 posts
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    I loved it when we got a new TV with those fasttext buttons.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Dirtbox 19 Apr 2012 14:47:50 77,468 posts
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    Yeah, it's got Nicam, but checkitout - FASTTEXT BITCH.

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  • TheSaint 19 Apr 2012 14:50:30 14,200 posts
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    RIP in-vision football scores.
  • localnotail 19 Apr 2012 14:51:25 23,093 posts
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    Nice archive

    Pooh and piglet take a shit together:

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Deleted user 19 April 2012 14:51:28
    BinaryBob101 wrote:
    It was the internet of it's day really, wasn't it.

    Sad moment.
    Still was in Wales.
  • kinky_mong 19 Apr 2012 14:59:15 9,958 posts
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    Does anyone have the link to the last week of Digitiser?

    I'll never get my Orc looking the same again.

  • Trafford 19 Apr 2012 14:59:45 5,613 posts
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    Being ill and unable to sleep, passing the hours reading FCO advice.

    The mix button, so you could watch TV at the same time!!

    I once asked a friend who worked as a news reader for a local radio station where he got his stories from, Ceefax he said.
  • neilka 19 Apr 2012 15:15:58 15,655 posts
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    kinky_mong wrote:
    Does anyone have the link to the last week of Digitiser?
    It looks like it's long gone but archive.org has at least some of it:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20031127100216/http://geocities.com/doctorcress/
    (need to scroll horizontally in the left frame to see the links)

    Edited by neilka at 15:16:54 19-04-2012
  • beastmaster 19 Apr 2012 15:18:04 11,171 posts
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    The game reviews used to be quite good if I recall.

    Edited by beastmaster at 15:21:31 19-04-2012

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • Scurrminator 19 Apr 2012 15:31:02 8,379 posts
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    Mr T is crying behind his bins.

    You dare to strike Scurrcules!?

  • midnight_walker 19 Apr 2012 15:32:04 1,865 posts
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    Bamboozle. Enjoy.

    EDIT: Android.

    Edited by midnight_walker at 15:33:34 19-04-2012
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