This library also ships with VLC, so at least in most European countries, where Teletext continues to be broadcast inside the MPEG TS, you can use VLC to browse Teletext. This includes transport streams that have been recorded (e.g. on a satellite receiver, see  for an example).
It's a very popular way to get the latest live goal-by-goal sports scores. During the current World Cup I've seen people access "TextTV" as it's called on their smartphones in pubs...
If you aren't at a TV it's served online on sites like https://www.svt.se/svttext/tv/pages/100.html or even styled third-party mirrors like https://texttv.nu and there are iOS/Android apps
In our rush to go point-to-point, full-duplex, and on-demand, with both cabling and wireless, we have occasionally reimplemented services that are one-to-many simplex on top of lower layers that aren't made for that, whereas broadcast has always fulfilled the same usecase with a different set of tradeoffs.
It's a bit ironic that new tech like HTTP/2 Push's cache fill is basically the same idea as Teletext's pages transmitted one at a time and cached at the receiver, but over a vastly different, pull medium.
It's on it's way out because other media offer a far better use case to hammer down ad our throat, trick us into click-baits, exchange information underneath while we are reading.
In a time of full blown multimedia channels, the simplicity of the channel is in favor of the user, that's why the providers are killing it. It's not bad enough.
Or hn: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14681561
I believe the open nature of the Internet is a much better base for growth than one where the slow-moving governmental phone monopoly controls everything.
Even so, humanity lost something by not choosing the minitel path: The ad-infested privacy-killing aspects of the net might be in a much better shape on platform with minitel-like governing.
As for losing something, best i can tell this came about because ISPs were loath to become the "paymasters" of the internet.
Consider that for a brief moment, before all this hoopla about app stores, the mobile world had something akin to what minitel had. I could fire up a WAP page on my phone, pick out a game or similar, hit download, and the cost would be added to my mobile bill at the end of the month.
Nothing says that we could not see something similar on the web, except that ISPs do not want to be in the position to bill us for those downloads etc.
(For astute viewers, watch the end of the video and see a very young Oprah Winfrey doing an ad for her morning show)
In Chicago, a read-only version of KeyFax was broadcast for a short while on Channel 32 (WFLD) during the overnight hours when the transmitter was usually dark.
Still in use in Europe. I know it hasn't had much widespread use in the US.
The limited format makes it very good for displaying only relevant information. Once fully loaded, it's faster then going to the website of the program, or just to receive e.g. sport outcomes.
RTP is a major Portuguese news outlet.
Anybody knows why is the "obscure" "Star Trek" game for BBC Micro described as "dubious"? Especially if it's this one:
Is there any information that it was even possible to "license" a small game written in BASIC which appeared in various printed forms and various versions rewritten by various people?
That seems to confirm my belief that if that was the idea behind it, the attribute "dubious" is anachronistic, i.e. appearing to be so only when observed out of the context of that time, as if it would happen now.
> The development of the CEEFAX information broadcasting system from initial work in 1966 to the end of the two-year experimental period in 1976 is described.
> The background to the choice of transmission and display parameters is given, together with details of laboratory and field experiments. Particular emphasis is given to the selection of the addressing and coding systems to give reliable reception throughout the normal television service area.
> The basis for the choice of the many supplementary facilities of CEEFAX, such as colour and graphics, is presented together with indication of the provisions made for future expansion in the use of CEEFAX.
CEEFAX: evolution and potential (PDF):
Others in this discussion have mentioned that this is not the situation outwith the U.K.. The headlined article only discusses the U.K.. For a slightly less parochial view:
They were then replaced with user-friendly Windows-powered machines where buying the most basic ticket took 2 minutes as you had to poke though pages of stations on a crap resistive display.
And i have observed similar in stores that used DOS based POS terminals, where the operator could add your latest purchase and bring up warranty history with barely a glance at the screen.
And in a more modern sense, i see people getting all giddy about the Android based Blackberry phones because now they have an actual keyboard to use. Meaning that they can hammer out a text or similar on tactile alone.
They were back ended by mainframes, which had page-based displays.
Also the wiki has this interesting snippet:
> Amadeus is a computer reservation system (or global distribution system, since it sells tickets for multiple airlines) owned by the Amadeus IT Group with headquarters in Madrid, Spain. The central database is located at Erding, Germany.
Which kinda implies that all terminals all around the world are connected to one single database! I imagine they have fairly hefty mainframes in the backend.
Another fun fact is that the booking records are recycled, the frequency of which depends on how many bookings there have been recently. The storage is "infinitely scalable" until the number of seats on planes starts to outgrow the number of bookings that we can hold.