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CTV Colour TV in 1967.

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Till Eulenspiegel
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In todays Daily Mail Friday contributor Tom Utley reminisces about his memories of seeing his Grandparent's new colour TV set in 1967.

"My Grandparents bought one of the first colour televisions on the market after the  BBC began broadcasting colour back in 1976. to me, it was a thing of wonder, as remarkable as the earliest black and white TVs must have seemed to my parents' generation when they were in their teens

But though the TV cost our grandparents a small fortune, I have to say the quality of the colour was pretty abysmal. Every red was dazzling orange, fuzzy at the edges, every green as vivid as Astro Turf, with no graduations of tone whatsoever.

To be fair, this was Grandma's fault, she always had the colour turned up full to get her monies worth."

Well, I do remember those early colour TV sets and when properly adjusted the new sets were capable of displaying excellent colour pictures.   My memories are of the GEC 2028 and the Pye CT70, also the Philips G6 which was considered the best of the early colour sets.

Turn up the colour control too far and the low definition of the colour signal becomes all to apparent.  We know the high definition comes from the luma component of the transmitted signal.

Till Eulenspiegel.

Posted : 09/02/2024 9:29 pm
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@till  My Dad's first memory of colour TV was seeing some in a shop window showing Wimbledon 1967, with the player's orange squash looking almost radioactive because the colour level was turned right up!

My parents didn't rent a colour until a way into the 1970s, mostly for money reasons & also because my Dad reckoned the earlier sets didn't perform so well!

Posted : 09/02/2024 11:01 pm
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My first CTV I saw was a Baird Dual Standard (700 chassis?) around the end of 1966 early 1967, trade test transmission from Winter Hill, this was in Wigan Technical college, just a coloured slide of a lady in a colourful evening dress. The picture was good which those first Baird dual standard sets did produce.

The first sets we sold in the summer of 1967 were the Ekco/Pye range of dual standard 25 inch and the RMB CTV25 dual standard. The RBM was good but not a patch on the Pye chassis which gave excellent colour pictures. We didn’t sell the GEC or Philips but those early sets also gave excellent results.



Posted : 10/02/2024 10:00 am
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The first colour set I saw was a Baird with possibly a 700. It had a rotary UHF tuner and belonged to a wealthy neighbour. in around 1976 he stripped the set to repurpose the cabinet.  He was told the LOPT had failed and that the set was beyond economic repair. I was given the tube and chassis.

I fitted the tube to a D/S GEC that I had bought. That set gave very good pictures and lasted about five or six years with a few repairs until the tube got very poor. The Baird chassis remained in my shed, I never saw another Baird so other than maybe the valves nothing was used.

I think the Baird model was a reasonably uncommon set around here, most of the D/S colour sets I saw were GEC, Pye and Philips. With just the occasional Thorn 2000 and one Bush!   

Posted : 10/02/2024 9:51 pm
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