>ORF’s Teletext turns 30

Do you in America know what Teletext is? I doubt it, as I didn’t either until I set up household here and bought my own TV. According to Wikipedia, it was a new-fangled Yurpeen thing in the 1970’s, which for one reason or another never caught on in the U.S. Which is a shame because it’s a mighty useful thing. The remote control of every television sold here includes a button for the Teletext, and nearly every station maintains its own pages, so it’s not like it costs anything to use. And despite the overwhelming prevalence of the internet, people who are watching TV still reach for the remote first to find out what’s on, what’s on next, what’s the weather tomorrow, who won, as well as much more.
The photo above shows what you get when you press the teletext button on your remote: the channel’s “homepage”, which is always page 100. The white fields show recent news, both local and international. The red stripe in the middle has the current program being aired, followed by the next, followed by their pages where you can read up on what the program is about. Often there will even be a cast list, which is really nice. The entire day’s TV program will start at page 300, all sports events and results at 200, weather at 600, etc. If you noticed the words “Billig Tanken” above, that leads you to pages showing the current cheapest places to get gasoline, by city. I have never understood why American channels don’t have this, but I suspect there was some kind of wish to make a profit from it, while over here it was taken on by the state television stations , paid for by taxes.

I understand that Comcast “On Demand” has something similar to this, but of course you have to pay for that to get the service.

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One Response to >ORF’s Teletext turns 30

  1. Sara says:

    >I didn't realize you were on Twitter. Glad to know so I can follow you there.Love your blog, especially the recipes and local traditions.

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