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Night Thoughts278 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
A fascinating Ulster TV junction from 1974. One thing in particular to note is that they don't mention the name of the station at all
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hqXV7m4w58


That Sun advert's a relic of its time! Wonder what time of day it went out? Maybe it was during the afternoon and they didn't feel the need to do any station ID.

The feature film doesn't look worth the power needed in a 3-day week, though...
Night Thoughts278 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
A Yorkshire Television advert break from exactly thirty years ago today, featuring the Cadbury's Mini Eggs Pun advert from 1989:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sadNP3f9aM
(Also worth nothing: this is my 100th post, on my four year anniversary since I joined this forum.)


Hope you'll excuse this dim Londoner's question, but was rugby league a regular fixture on Yorkshire? I'd always associated it with the BBC.
Steve Williams3,013 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Hope you'll excuse this dim Londoner's question, but was rugby league a regular fixture on Yorkshire? I'd always associated it with the BBC.


Although the Beeb showed the Challenge Cup and the Regal Trophy, there was a period when the league itself was on Granada and Yorkshire, Rugby League Live being quite a regular fixture on Granada on Saturday afternoons in the early 90s. I think it ended in 1992.

Clive Tyldesley had commentated on quite a few live rugby league matches for Granada before he did his first live football commentary for ITV.
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ToasterMan (previously BeanosOnToast) 168 posts since 17 Feb 2016
Granada North West Today
Another Kaleidoscope upload: this time a very early recording of HTV continuity, from exactly forty-three years ago today: signalling the end of ITV Schools programming and leading into the lunchtime children's programmes, specifically a repeat of Cosgrove Hall (known at Stop Frame Productions at the time)'s first adaptation of Noddy, complete with the Thames ident which was strangely omitted from the subsequent VHS releases in the 80's.
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Neil Jones6,192 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
The Philips were expensive, but the pictures were good. Betamax was probably the next best thing but VHS won because the key factor as far as Joe Public was concerned was cost - VHS was cheaper, the tapes were cheap, the machines were relatively cheap and once somebody figured out Long Play, double the length of your tape for free! What was not to like? Wink
Larry the Loafer5,762 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
The quality was on par with VHS once B1 (or SP mode in English) was abandoned because of its almost useless hour long recording time. Beta machines were being produced with B2/LP as the standard recording mode, which looked like and also happen to run about as long as an SP VHS tape.

The whole picture quality benefits of Beta were moot when Sony neutered themselves by having such short recording times. And considering VCRs were invented purely for the purpose of timeshifting, nobody's prepared to pay more for less record time.