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1974 - 2012

The visual design of our website is a direct reference to the Teletext service used in hundreds of countries for almost 4 decades.

Teletext was a standard for displaying text and rudimentary graphics on suitably equipped television sets around the world. Teletext sends data in the broadcast signal, hidden in the invisible vertical blanking interval area at the top and bottom of the screen. The teletext decoder in the television buffers this information as a series of "pages", each given a number. The user can display chosen pages using their remote control.

Teletext was created in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s by John Adams. Public teletext information services were introduced by major broadcasters in the UK, starting with the BBC's Ceefax service in 1974. It offered a range of text-based information, typically including news, weather and TV schedules. Subtitles (or closed captioning) information was also transmitted using the same system.

Most European teletext services continued to exist in one form or another until well into the 2000s when the expansion of the Internet precipitated a closure of some of them.

To find out more the read up on the full history here

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