back to article Broadcast television is 75 years old today

Television celebrates a monumental anniversary today: it has been exactly 75 years since the first public service broadcast was transmitted. On 2 November 1936, the BBC began filling the airwaves, broadcasting from its Alexandra Palace facility in North London. The one station started with just two hours of programming a day. …

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My TV turned 25 in August

19" Sony Trinitron. Sony doesn't make 'em like they used to!

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"just two hours of programming a day"

Not much has changed. Now they just stick the 2 hourse on a loop, and if they're not the BBC they stick in adverts that are too loud.

I'M BARRY SCOTT!!

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Barry Scott

I was disappointed to hear that Barry Scott does not exist. It was an actor, shouting about being somebody he isn't.

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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1244209/

Neil Burgess. Shouty git.

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Another TV birthday

Today marks the 29th anniversary of Channel 4.

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Chickens and Eggs

Am I the only on wondering about how it ever got off the ground initially? I'm guessing they must have been broadcasting before anyone had a TV (the other way round is even more implausible..)

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I'd have thought it was obvious. People needed the tv to play their xbox - the broadcasting thing was just an unintentioned bonus.

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London calling

to the zombies of chav, quit X-Factor, Big Brother and Pop Idol naff...

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Actually

Well first of all back then people didn't care about 'market acceptance'. TV was just a technical benchmark. Just like flying to the moon.

In fact, German television, which started in March 22, 1935, even spawned a whole industry. For decades, stations all over PAL Land got German equipment.

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First nights programming

1: BBC television service Opening

2: Top Gear (Rpt)

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Broadcast television is 75 years old today

So are most of the programmes

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And

A parent of a child in my wifes class insisted it was invented by Yogi Bear

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Radar could actually be a reason

Stricktly speaking radar and television shared the same technology. And it's not just the CRT, but also the wide band technology behind it. You cannot have radar, without having vacuum tubes which can amplify signals in the megahertz range.

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*sigh* Another tool with such potential for Good turned to the Dark Side.

Pass me some more "reality" shows and beer adverts, please.

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