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Scorpio70

  1 month ago

BBC

Good morning all. Today, in 1967, BBC2 started broadcasting in color. I lived in Belgium and we didn't get any BBC channels on our TV until I was about 15 years old (1985). We also didn't have a color TV until I was about 8 years old I think. I remember I watched a certain children's tv show every week in which a woman would blow bubbles and then something magical would happen. Then at some point my parents bought a color tv and when I watched that show on the color TV I was so amazed that the bubbles had rainbow colors. I didn't know that before. It made such an impact on me that I still remember it and I can still see this show and bubbles on the TV in my mind.

Do you remember switching from a black and white tv to a color tv if you're old enough to have lived through it?
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Bhav234

  1 month ago
Yes , It was totally change of black and white to colour tv. It was different things to black to colourful. BBC is the largest network today... Reply
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xomariamtourexo

  1 month ago
I remember and for me and my family it was a big change Reply
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sueal1979

  1 month ago
I most certainly do Reply
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Marie231265

  1 month ago
I do Hilde, I think I was about 6 or 7, so about '71/72'. I think it was a Redifusion and as Trev mentions, it was rented - either from Radio Rentals or Granada......It might possibly have been Redifusion. I don't think my parents 'owned' a TV until the early '80's'. :-) xx Reply
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TolunaTeamEN

  1 month ago
How amazing to look back on! Technology has certainly come a long way. Reply
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hess72

  1 month ago
we had a tv that could be changed to black and white in the 70s hilde, our next door neighbours didnt have a tv for years though as they thought it unnecessary, their house was full of books though x Reply
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trevjohn

  1 month ago
Carole Hersee's toy Bubbles' ( the clown ) jacket in the original testcard F pic was pale blue to match his hat, but to get a balanced primary colour selection into the scene a green feature had to be added and as a result it was painted over with a rather vivid green paint ( that happened to be available at the time ) and yellow buttons. It's remained so ever since ( also in testcards J and W ).
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I first saw colour TV in a domestic environment at a school friend's house in early 1969. It was quite softly focussed on the big 25" screen and half the advertising on the commercial channel was in monochrome. Whites had a noticeable bluey tinge...
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Our first colour TV at home father rented from November 1971. It had a 19" picture tube and we kept that set for just over 10 years until I bought a replacement for it in 1982.
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Colour made more programmes bareable to sit and watch, although it's validity in that sense could still easily be questioned, I still prefer seeing movies at the cinema :). When teletext became mainstream it was only commercially accessorized for colour sets, which along with cheap Far East built imports drove another nail into local monochrome set production's coffin !
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I still prefer black and white televisions for their history, simplicity, CRT resolution and easy maintenance, beside which there is a plethora of non-widescreen material to show on them still thanks to the WWW :).
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BBC involvement in colour TV was firstly backing the wrong horse since the 1950's - the US 'NTSC' system. ITV company ABC television Ltd., subsequently tried the French 'SECAM' colour system circa 1962 and found that rather better. Then a couple or years later the German company Telefunken's PAL system started looking the best option for here, so turned out to be the solution Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands adopted. France stuck with SECAM, Belgium split in two, Flemish PAL, Walloon SECAM ;).
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CathHMN

  1 month ago
My parents bought their first television in 1967 as my mum was pregnant with my youngest sister and was on bed-rest (so it was in their bedroom - and remained there until we moved as a way of restricting viewing time). It was a black and white television as money was fairly tight and why spend more money than needed on something you didn't plan to use a great deal. Reply
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Cuss

  1 month ago
We had a Black and white tele when we were married in 1971 I can't remember when we got a coloured one. Reply
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barriebullock

  1 month ago
The parents of a mate of mine (now my brother in law) had a colour set just after they became available so I saw one in 1967/68 but my parents didnt get one until '69.
They thought it was great I thought it's just the same rubbish in colour.
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