The BBC test card, oh remember when it marked the end of the tv time for that day. Yes kids of today, there was no telly through the night and at one time I only remember three channels!!!
The music tv show 'The Tube' back in the 80's would hold a special night of 24 hour music which was prime excuse for teenager sleep overs and midnight feasts. It was so exciting.
After the test card appeared which would either be accompanied by an annoying constant beeeeeeeeeeeep or I am pretty sure it eventually progressed to some kind of music, I would listen to the pirate radio station Radio Luxembourg, which just had the best selection of music.
Now there is just too many channels, I still only really stick to the five main ones now, force of habit I suppose. I have the regular flick through them all and by the time I get through my tv package, all the radio channels and I've hit the 'what to do with my tv now you've hit channel 999' moment. I'm lost!
I could randomly see how to change my settings or learn how to get the most from my provider which would probably be more riveting than Supercasino on Channel 5, who plays that? and who's idea was it? I would rather watch the test card - probably be cheaper than a gambleathon.
I like the 'catch up' tv facility now, I can watch my programs when I want, binge watch a series if I fancy and on all the teccy mobile devices ever invented. Brilliant! Live tv, so last season unless you are the type of person who goes on social media a lot and curses the people who don't know what a 'spoiler alert' is, after watching 26 episodes of a crime thriller till the end somebody always announces the murderer 3 mins after the programmes finished and you have decided to 'catch up' later!!! Just rebound on the spoiler alert and tell them who got kicked off the episode of X Factor you've been watching on the other side (sorry channel), they'll thank you for it.
I wonder what television will be like in another 10 years.......probably still nothing on and I fear Christmas telly will never change. We'll be shouting out to change channel just like we do with Apple tv, I know! your voice is the remote!! Siri will be overworked and cursing back at us for not finding a channel but as long as I can find an old episode of Only Fools and Horses or Vicar of Dibley I'll be happy.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.