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    Teletext to close mid-December

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!

    BBC - Teletext to close mid-December

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    I can't remember the last time i used Teletext.

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    I used to use it now and then for results of varying sports and occasionally the weather.
    However you have to question it's use in the modern world. Mobile phones with internet access, people have PC's in their bathrooms and the average 4 year old can tell you the latest news courtesy of his 3G dongled minibook within 30 seconds of you asking. This is the age of quick information; something Teletext hasn't been for a long time.

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    my 98 grandfather whos is deaf and almost blind uses it all the time to read the news and get the sports results. He is not able to use modern technology like a 4 year old can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    my 98 grandfather whos is deaf and almost blind uses it all the time to read the news and get the sports results. He is not able to use modern technology like a 4 year old can.
    A very good point - and I still watch the older generation struggle with chip and pin in shops and the post office.

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    It is the internet of our youth! I will miss it :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    It is the internet of our youth! I will miss it :-(
    That actually reminded me of something. Never used it myself, but didn't they try streaming computer data over a spare teletext page? A bit like a one-way modem. Can't remember what you needed or had to do to recieve it - or what was broadcast though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    my 98 grandfather whos is deaf and almost blind uses it all the time to read the news and get the sports results. He is not able to use modern technology like a 4 year old can.
    There are other options - A Braille display, or a Braille printer hooked up to a computer, for example. There are usually grants etc... available to help pay for such things also.

    Or, if he can still see the teletext pages, a normal computer screen with high contrast mode enabled, and a RSS reader or similar. There are plenty of options that would be simple to use and designed just for this situation. I'd suggest contacting the RNID and seeing what they suggest.

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    Ah Teletext... the endles fun of getting ahlf way down page 1/12 only for it to flick to page 2 and you had to wait for it to go thru all 12 again.. (Or it loaded at page 3/12 and had to wait..)

    Then there was tje Bamboozle quiz... the "Advent Calendar"

    RIP

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    Been a part of my daily routine for at least the past 15 years.

    I had a private toast to mark the passing last night. (Then realised I'd already missed the turn off, of most of the pages I read)

    If they take away my daily dose of TalkSport I'll be finished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    Then there was tje Bamboozle quiz... the "Advent Calendar"
    +1 rep for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    A very good point - and I still watch the older generation struggle with chip and pin in shops and the post office.

    Scariest thing I saw a few months back was some old boy telling the cashier the pin number for his card in a supermarket because he couldn't see the text on the screen as it was so small for him. I'll miss teletext from a nostalgia viewpoint - reminds me of the BBSs I used to frequent!

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    I remember one lad making £1million by copying football results from teletext onto a website.


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    As stated in the OP's link - the "888" service will remain as well as a few other's

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    I love the now and next function.

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