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In 1995 some countries started to broadcast a new British teletext protocol called level 2.5. Likely inspired by the French Antiope standard, it had more colours (4016 instead of 7) and redefinable characters. Few people ever saw it, because if your TV didn’t support it you would just see the classic level 1.

But now ZXGuesser has extracted level 2.5 teletext data from VHS-tapes and figured out how to display it. So the first image shows level 2.5 and the second shows level 1, both taken from this tweet.


#pixelart Engineering, BBC2 Ceefax, 1987. Note the alpha black test… apparently it’s quite a rare thing.

Capture courtesy Jason Robertson.

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BBC’s CEEFAX service, as detailed by the index printed in the Radio Times, 2-8 February 1980. Via.

Ceefax press release dating from 1977 charts the first three years of the world’s first ever teletext service, via.

In November 1981 in UK, Kenneth Baker, the Minister for Information Technology, proclaimed 1982 as “Information Technology Year, IT-82.” to support for the use of IT, like teletext and viewdata. Via

Telesoftwaredownloaded from teletext to your own computer. BBC regularly offered new software for a couple of years, up until 1989.

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Ceefax : Colombia Space Shuttle Launch 1981, via Paul Sissons.

Ceefax Teletext print version

For the last day of teletext in the UK, the weather report apparently used teletext graphics instead of the normal visuals. Good choice! via