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tesandco856 posts since 28 Sep 2001
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It's been a few months since I last posted an update in here. Although that's not due to a lack of updates, but mainly because if I posted about every single update that'd get tedious very fast! As we near the end of the year, I'm collating a few interesting stats together about the site for 2017. Because who doesn't like those! But in the meantime, here's a summary of some of the things that have been added to the site since early September:-

Presentation

Content has been added to the site either for the first time or updating the existing pages for BBC Four, ITV Be, E4, 4Seven, 5Star, 5USA, Film4, My5, 4Music, 5Spike, Quest and Quest Red. Channel 4 have also had a mini refresh in the middle of things!

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That's before you get into the site's Christmas coverage this month, which has covered all the regular terrestrials as well as some of the smaller channels like Quest Red and STV2, and also includes every day of the Channel 5 Advent Calendar (including today). Or at least every day except where it was unexpectedly dropped for the last 2 days of the Christmas countdown.

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Adverts
A bunch of ads from 1996 have been added to the site, all recovered from a trusty yet slightly worn Betamax setup. Including a special advert for Ford Escort put together for the premiere of Groundhog Day on ITV in 1996.

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/adverts/

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Teletext
On the 18th December this year, a new sequence for BBC1 Ceefax from 21 years earlier was added to the site. Christmas decorations are in place and the schedules have been released. Meanwhile in news, the Duke of Edinburgh is putting his foot in it again, Burgers are going to be offered to kids to go to school (well before Jamie Oliver's time here) and Pizza Hut are still a rapidly expanding chain with a massive program of branch openings planned for the UK.

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/teletext/bbc-ceefax/

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PS - If you were particularly observant, you may have spotted the site was running on reduced power via our RBS setup yesterday. Which may have resulted in some picture noise and ghosting effects if you were on a further away transmitter.
Last edited by tesandco on 31 December 2017 1:12pm
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tesandco856 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
As promised, a few site stats to welcome in the new year for those who just really like stats. Some negative comments on how much one person can do towards the back end of 2016 really spurred me on this year. And so as we draw a close on 2017 for TV Whirl, I thought I'd give a quick look back at a few of the things that have been achieved in the busiest year in the site's history so far.

* 650 new video clips added, taking the site total to around 2200. So 30% of all site video has been added in 2017.
* Increased the resolution and put most of these out at 50fps.
* 5322 larger resolution images added to the site.
* Coverage from 20 additional channels.
* 1585 teletext frames added to the site, meaning there's now over 2000 teletext pages available on the site.
* 1 new DVB-T/T2 tuner, 2 additional DVB-T tuners, 2 additional DVB-S tuners, 2 analogue tuners, a Betamax machine and a Roku player added to the collection of capture hardware in place for the site.
* 23 new website logos designed. Unfortunately 22 of those were lost in an incident with some magnets, which also destroyed all backups at the same time. Woe is me!

A lot more is planned for 2018 as the site moves into it's 17th year online. Indeed some further DVB-T2/DVB-S2 hardware has already been acquired and is just waiting to come into use, and we already had our first 3 clips from 2018 online within the first 2 hours of the year dawning, Okay, it was only Oneness, but hopefully there'll be some nicer things to showcase in the months ahead.

Thanks to everyone who's shown support for the website this year, and here's to a Happy New Year 2018!
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tesandco856 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Just a small feature page added to the site today taking a look at some of the continuity from around the nations and from other channels as they marked the crossover from 2017 to 2018. For those who were either out partying until late, nursing a hangover in the morning, or only thought to watch BBC One Network to see what they would do for Oneness after midnight.

https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/features/happy-new-year-2018/

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tesandco856 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Latest - January/February 2018

It's been a little while, so time for our semi-regular roundup of updates throughout January and February on TV Whirl. Since the last update posted here in January another 115 videos and over 1100 images have been added to the site.


New Presentation
We were there straight off the bat with coverage within the hour for the launch of 5Select, The Sony Crime Channels and the switchover to Meteogroup for BBC Weather. There has also been a lot of additional content added to the E4 section, covering things like the recent additions to channel break bumpers to coincide with the new series of Celebs Go Dating.

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Archive Presentation
The BBC News Channel coverage has been bolstered with a lot from the move to New Broadcasting House in 2013, including multiple sequences from across the day where Nick Higham grabs anyone he can get hold of in NBH to interview. Several new clips have also been added for Yorkshire Television from the late 90s, with a lot more to come on YTV as I work through a bit of a backlog there.

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Adverts
There have been adverts added from 1986, 1991 and 1998, with such classics as Nationwide's stop-motion advert for people wanting to buy a home on Letsby Avenue, and a young Jeremy Clarkson advertising Granada Rentals only a few years before they ceased trading.

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https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/adverts/


Teletext
A few additional sequences from 27 years ago in July 1991 added to the site. From BBC1 Ceefax, politics dominates the news heavily, and the late Ayrton Senna talks about how lucky he was following a crash that year. Or if you prefer the commercial point of view, the Oracle ITV service from the same day is also available - and as Park Avenue (the Oracle text-soap) prepares to move to a new home on Channel 4, you could win a mug with their old page number on! If anyone actually won one of these mugs at the time, do post up a picture!

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All the latest updates can always be found at:
https://www.tvwhirl.co.uk/site/latest-updates/
Last edited by tesandco on 22 February 2018 2:02pm - 2 times in total
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