How Wimbledon helped Britain beat the Germans to colour TV

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Among his duties in 1967 was bringing colour TV to Britain on a tight timescale, and he had some extra motivation – beating West Germany to it.

“I heard the West Germans were doing it and I discovered that they were planning to launch it very close to when we were,” reveals Attenborough in this week’s issue of Radio Times magazine. “But what I couldn’t do [in that amount of time] was to start a complete kind of service. The best that I could do would be to have what I called a piebald service, so there was some colour every night, but the whole service wasn’t in colour.” More at The Radio Times.

That man can do no wrong in my eyes.

The Moon Landing Using Thousands of NASA Photos

Motion Designer Christian worked with his brother and Composer Wolfgang for 18 months on this shortfilm. The foundation were thousands original NASA photographies, taken from the Astronauts during the Apollo Missions, which were released in September 2015. It is an animated collage using different techniques to bring the stills to life.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

TV Review: Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’

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Apple’s first offering, “Planet of the Apps,” feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained.

It’s not terrible, but essentially, it’s a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of “Shark Tank.” Apple made its name on game-changing innovations, but this show is decidedly not one of them… More at Variety.

Ouch!

The huge opportunity for subscription TV services

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In its bid to become the cord-cutting service of choice, Amazon UK has confirmed it’s bringing Channel add-ons to the UK. The service allows Prime subscribers to bolt subscriptions from various UK TV services onto their account, without the need for a bundle or a restrictive contract. Prices range from between £1.49 to £9.99, with notable streaming platforms including Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV Hub+, hayu and BFI Player all available at launch… More at engadget.

There is a huge opportunity here if the channels and makers allow reasonable pricing. In theory, Netflix and Amazon can add channels whereas traditional cable services may struggle a little. Can only see this going one way.

How TV logos were made before computers

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The photo depicts the TV channel’s shimmering logo as a physical installation–what looks like a tunnel of strings with the RTF word mark floating in the center. It shows the lengths to which the television company went to produce a dynamic logo that went beyond the 2D marks of the day. An archival video shows the result of the intriguing contraption–the quivering strings create an animated shimmering effect… More at Co.Design.

I guess we take what we can do with computers for granted, but the sheer effort needed for some of these logos is staggering compared to the time it would take today.