Tag Archives: videotex

From the press kit to Gateway, an American videotex service by Times Mirror, 1984-1986.

Booking a train with the German BTX videotex service in 1994. I believe the whole screen is text-mode, using all the tricks of BTX (custom characters, multi-colour characters, etc). Video by Anna Christina Naß, via pagetable where more videos are available.

Chaos Movie by BIT8, 2020. This is actually text-mode, although a very enhanced one. It uses the German videotex standard BTX that has several character sets/fonts and allows 94 customized characters (in multiple colours) and various effects, useful for animation. The CEPT videotex standard was modelled on BTX.

The animation runs on a Commodore 64 using an official BTX-peripheral, which is basically a little computer in itself.

Graphic Variations on Telidon by Pierre Moretti, 1979 or 1980. Telidon was a Canadian videotex service with textmode and vector graphics and Moretti was the first professional artist to work with Telidon.

Video saved here, just in case. Previously featured here.

Microtex 666 (1986-1989) was a videotex service on the Australian network Viatel, where it was the only service to cater specifically to computer users in 1986. It featured telesoftware (downloadable software for free or at a cost), lists of BBSs (not on videotex), programming resources, the turnbased multiplayer game Great Galactic Conflict (updated weekly) and a bulletin board called Blackboard. While other Viatel boards were apparently moderated by hand, Microtex automatically removed obscenities and updated the pages every 15 minutes during peak hours.

The brand was also used for a hardware/software bundle for dial-up services (videotex, BBS, etc). C64, DOS, Apple II and BBC Micro were supported.

Source: Viatel Directory and Magazine Vol 4, 1986.

This looks like a great keyboard for text graphics. There are dedicated keys for switching character sets, choosing and defining colours, manipulating fonts (DCRS), etc. Towards the top right, it looks like a dedicated set of keys for “pixeling” on a sub-char level?

This is the TBT-03 keyboard by Loewe, for the MCT 26 television. Circa 1984. It is used for the German videotex format BTX (and possibly other similar CEPT-standards like the Mupid?). Found here. Also see the TBT-02 keyboard

Snapsots from Minitel Rose, the xexy part of the French proto-internet system Minitel. Courtesy of @ViewdataUK and @1010101.


Mupid was an Austrian videotex terminal that was also a programmable computer. It supported text graphics with custom fonts, pixel and vector graphics with 4096 colours, and telesoftware. More info here, here and here. h/t: Tim Koch

Videotex character sets 1983, 1987, 1993. Seems like these would have required hi-res or vector fonts?

Reabracadabra, an animated Minitel piece by Eduardo Kac from 1985. It was recently restored and Rhizome is now showing it online in Net Art Anthologies. Accompanied by a text by Goto80.