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    Default AUSTEXT Teletext Service R.I.P

    Commenced in 1977
    Dead 30SEP2009



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    used it 1/2 dozen times (when bored)....sad to see something so establised go but makes very little difference to me..

    what is the attraction of it, I could get a bit of news, a bit of weather info, and a horoscope?
    If you feed ducks at a pond, chances are your bound to feed a goose or two without even knowing it.

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    What, the teletext on Ch7 is that what you are talking about ???
    When you do things right, people won't be sure that you have done anything at all

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    wonder where windy got that information from??
    I cant say I would be surprised to see go as it really has very little relevant information on it.

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    What about Closed Caption isn't that done through Teletext?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordon_s1942 View Post
    wonder where windy got that information from??
    I cant say I would be surprised to see go as it really has very little relevant information on it.
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    103/01 Austext 103 Mon 13Jul 18:36:42
    IMPORTANT AUSTEXT NOTIFICATION


    THE AUSTEXT SERVICE WILL CLOSE
    ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009.

    The Seven Network started providing
    test Teletext services in 1977, with
    live services commencing in 1982 in
    Brisbane and Sydney.

    The Austext service today is still
    provided using the original 1970's
    technology. This equipment has now
    reached the end of its lifespan.


    Unfortunately,it is not possible
    to replace the existing Austext
    system with new equipment except at
    significant cost.
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    103/02 Austext 103 Mon 13Jul 18:37:49
    IMPORTANT AUSTEXT NOTIFICATION












    THE AUSTEXT SERVICE WILL CLOSE
    ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009.

    Austext is a free service and does
    not attract advertising revenue,so
    this is not commercially viable.

    Seven is aware that Austext has many
    loyal supporters and we know that
    many of you will miss the Austext
    service. We sincerely regret any
    inconvenience the cessation of this
    service may cause and we have
    endeavoured to provide you with as
    much notice as possible.



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    103/03 Austext103 Mon 13 Jul 18:38:13
    IMPORTANT AUSTEXT NOTIFICATION












    THE AUSTEXT SERVICE WILL CLOSE
    ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009.

    Unlike when the service started,
    information currently available
    on Austext is now freely available
    from a number of alternative sources
    including over the internet via
    Yahoo7.

    CLOSED CAPTIONING SERVICES will be
    unaffected and continue to be
    available on page 801.





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    sung to the tune of an old 80s hit: internet killed the teletext star

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    Fat lot of good telling us in advance as there is no alternative (on TV) to go to.
    The other problem with teletext was that you needed a quality signal to be able to get it work and my Prime never did untill Digital was introduced.
    Ahhh well, a few spare knobbs on the remote now.

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    I have a friend who has problem with their hearing and he will not be very happy. I am sure there will be an alternative soon.

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    You can hope but 'No Dough = No Go'.
    With the exception of closed captioning, none of the other channels seem to have any interest in Teletext unless 7/Prime held the copyright/licence to its operation and they couldnt use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raygbmw1 View Post
    I have a friend who has problem with their hearing and he will not be very happy. I am sure there will be an alternative soon.
    Why would he be unhappy? News services are capitioned, or he could use the Internet..

    I remember when Nine Perth had a text service with info, weather etc in the late 80s
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    Quote Originally Posted by raygbmw1 View Post
    I am sure there will be an alternative soon.

    Yes, add 5+ more Freview channels to cover the few options austext had.

    Wow Freeview has so many more channels now, it must be great.

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    Sorry, but 5+ more Freeview channels ??? am I missing something or is this another 'Only available in Metropolitan City Areas'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raygbmw1 View Post
    I have a friend who has problem with their hearing and he will not be very happy. I am sure there will be an alternative soon.
    tell him not to worry, as windy posted

    CLOSED CAPTIONING SERVICES will be
    unaffected and continue to be
    available on page 801.
    When I explained to the guy what avatar I wanted, that wasn't what I meant!

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    yes they wouldnt leave the deaf out in the cold

    I never used teletext it was to cumbersome and little info, it might have been good in the 70,s but now............no

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordon_s1942 View Post
    Sorry, but 5+ more Freeview channels ??? am I missing something or is this another 'Only available in Metropolitan City Areas'?

    It was a joke as freeview is so great and has heaps of channels to choose from.

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    Hello to the forum!

    I'm from Germany and very interested to show some AUSTEXT-screenshots on my homepage () before this service is stopped. Is it possible to send me some pictures of the most important pages (.gif or .jpg files please)? If yes simply send a private message.

    There are other channels with teletext in Australia?

    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by teletext View Post
    There are other channels with teletext in Australia?
    Only channel Seven here in Australia uses full teletext. All the other channels use teletex as well but they only use it for subtitles and closed captioning.

    Once its gone its only use will be for closed captions.

    If you want some caps have a look at these links



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    I tried to get Teletext earlier this week and just tried again but all I get is a line on the screen.
    One of the other TV's just displayed a black box so I think Teletext is no more.

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