and it’s amazing
but wait there’s more
omg and then
"Why, is your nose bigger than your dick?" OMFG so good!
Analogue television. Conceived before the Second World War and born to mainstream Australia in 1956, just in time for the Olympics in Melbourne, has been a staple of Australian culture for over half a century. Today, 57 years, 1 month and 6 days later, a long tenure of 20857 days of broadcasting comes to an end. Moments that have defined our nation, culture and our identity have been received all over our nation through services such as GTV, ATN and other services that most people know by their network names like Seven or Ten, as well as the public run ABC and the diverse SBS and the Channel 31 stations in each city such as TVS and C31, bringing the public into broadcasting and finding talent such as Rove McManus, launching them into stardom from simple beginnings.
Analogue stood alone until the turn of the millennium, with digital terrestrial broadcasts beginning on New Years’ Day 2001. This means that, alone, analogue television carried most of the programs we know and love now, whether still airing or not, unopposed for almost 45 years. 2 home hosted Summer Olympics in 1956 and 2000, British Empire and Commonwealth Games hosted in Perth, Brisbane (and later Melbourne in 2006), countless VFL/AFL and NRL grand finals and seasons, the SuperLeague and World Series Cricket rebel leagues, Bledisloe Cups and Rugby World Cups, Australia’s growth from association football obscurity to their achievements in Germany in both 1974 and 2006, Bathurst 1000s, Australian Grands Prix in both cars and bikes, Melbourne Cups, Davis Cups, Stawell Gifts, Australian Opens, Wimbledons and nearly every other sporting achievable by Australians have been broadcast to the ever growing Australian population via analogue services. Australia held on to their remotes as they saw Prime Ministers and the political landscape change, as heartthrobs and villains played out in front of them on their favourite shows such as Neighbours, Home and Away, Blue Heelers, All Saints, Stingers, Homicide, Prisoner, and other programming hosted by greats such as Graham Kennedy, Don Lane, Bert Newton, Darryl Summers brought entertainment to most of the population.
Apart from these experiences for the entertainment of the public, Australia were also pioneers in the development of television’s technology, participating in the first live satellite hookup and developing RaceCam, these technologies now ubiquitous worldwide. As we prepare for the final station closes, once a common sight after dark but long gone with the advent of 24-hour programming, Australia can look back with fond memories of sitting around the television, trying to get reception of the one bogey channel by fiddling with the antenna endlessly, to watch their favourite programming. The legacy of this long history will continue as all the major networks will be continuing their flagship stations on the Freeview platform, bringing pristine picture quality, with much programming in crystal clear high definition to a new generation of viewers, who can thank 57 years of analogue broadcasting for the television they know and love now.