Television January 5, 2017Posted by irishelectionliterature in Culture.
The 14 year old Television that was massive and weighed a ton finally met it’s doom today. Having managed to get it into the back seat of the car, my son sat beside it on the journey to the shop to get a new TV. We were laughing at the size and weight of it compared to the TVs that are around today. Suddenly the questions started coming from the back seat….
“Did you ever watch a Black and White TV?” . I explained how we only got a colour TV in 1979 (for the Popes visit) and up until that it was a black and white TV which had a dial you had to move to change channels, much like moving a radio dial. So you had a dial to move and some TVs also had different frequencies you could turn the dial to, UHF, VHF and so on. There were just 4 channels here RTE, BBC1, BBC2 and UTV and if you were down the Country it was only RTE, unless you were near the border or had a massive aerial down in Wicklow or Wexford where you might get BBC Wales or HTV.
“Wow only 4 channels?” Yes and they weren’t on all day. RTE might start at 3pm and the others around midday. There was also shutdown where channels would finish around 11.30 or midnight and then slightly later at Christmas time or Easter. They might also come on earlier if there was something on in the morning like Cricket ,Golf , a Mass or again Cartoons at the weekend or at Christmas.
I then remarked how the TV in the back was the first Television that we had bought, up until then we had rented our Television just as our parents and many others had done right up until the late 90’s…. from the back seat came the question “Why would you rent a Television?” …..
It really is astonishing how much Television , the technology, streaming, channels, pay TV and so on has changed in my own lifetime….