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JusJoJan 28th – the evolution of the goggle-box

Let’s start by thanking Barbara for today’s prompt, television. Pop on over and say hi. And while you’re at it, pop over to Linda, host of this lovely annual event.

I’m about to give my age away shortly. My earliest memory of televisions come from a time when most people I knew rented their box. The buttons on the front did strange things like “vertical hold” and were extremely sensitive to prying little fingers such as mine. At least they didn’t come with remotes… I was therefore unable to post said remote down the back of the sofa, or any other yucky inaccessible place.

When we did finally have a television with a remote, there was little point. Only 4 channels and no daytime broadcasting. I suppose it was kinda useful for the old teletext service.

As I fast forward to today, the remote zapper is a key instrument. There’s so much you can do with a ‘smart television’. The odd thing is, I rarely use it as just a television. In fact I can’t remember the last time I watched live broadcasts. I keep my favourite programs on the hard drive, view them when I’m ready and zip though ads.

I’m sure I’m not alone in my use of televisions and how I access programming. I wonder how we will consume our visual entertainment in the future?

2 thoughts on “JusJoJan 28th – the evolution of the goggle-box”

  1. I once wrote that “I was the remote” – parents back then just told the kids what station to put on. Vertical, as I remember was the easier of the two to master. Horizontal hold was a challenge.

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  2. I remember those days of no remotes, too, and having to adjust the vertical or horizontal to keep the picture from rolling! Even though there were fewer programs back then, I think it was more enjoyable that what we see passing for entertainment these days. 🙂

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