Friday, December 20, 2013

Why wasn't I told?

Gattina mentioned in a comment on my blog that in the early 60s Belgium was completed hard wired for television, meaning there was no need for aerials in the sky to watch tv. I mentioned this to R, and apparently England was partly hard wired. I have one word for that I will investigate in depth and perhaps write about later, Rediffusion. How come I don't know about it? How come R never told me about it?

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  1. See, blogging makes intelligent, lol !

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    1. Gattina, I've learnt the most amazing things via blogging.

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  2. Since we live in Australia where such enlightened things aren't happening, R probably thought it wasn't relevant. I never knew about it either until reading Gattina's comment. Here's my question, if it works in those countries why not have it everywhere?

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    1. River, I would guess the reason we don't have it is the usual, tyranny of distance. Broadband plans have fallen into a heap. Don't let me get started on that.

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  3. Interesting . River has a point.

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    1. She does Diane. We are hopeless at things like that. It is a wonder the copper wires for phones were ever laid.

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  4. In the small country town in Switzerland where I grew up, we too had hard wired TV, with other words cable, but only 4 channels, all government stations (no adds) at a very low cost. Every house had it, you never saw an antenna, the cable was provided by the PTT (Post and Telephone and Telegraph Office) the cable also provided the official Radio Station.

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    1. Very interesting Bill. I am guessing it was quite widespread in Western Europe then.

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    1. Mitchell, it makes a change from it always being my fault.

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  6. Sigh. I wish it was just the tyranny of distance.

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    1. EC, well, partly tyranny of distance, but yes, mostly our governments.

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  7. I read somewhere that the Netherlands has/had a similar arrangement where broadcast TV was delivered via cable.

    Was probably never practical in Australia given the traditional lack of high density residential areas, and was probably never considered as terrestrial TV does a pretty good job in most areas... and now any areas that don't get decent terrestrial TV will be pointed to the satellite platform.

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    1. TVAU, I think it must have been widespread in Western Europe. I'd guess France had it, at least.

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