Re: [stella] Closed Captioning revisited

Subject: Re: [stella] Closed Captioning revisited
From: "Glenn Saunders" <cybpunks@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 12:27:26 -0700

I don't know how closed caption works or looks, maybe someone could show this?

CC was invented before Teletext in the early 70s when character generation for consumer devices was considered a new technology.

Teletext looks to be a child of the microprocessor era, with graphics that are comparable to the 8-bit home computers of the late 70s, early 80s.

I wish it took off in the US...

The idea of pushing digital data through the VBI isn't even dead yet. WebTV for windows supports it. Not much current programming uses it, and it's mostly a dead-end technology because of the never-ending migration to digital TV.

My first internet job involved working with VBI delivery of webpages. Not trivial since web browsers are thinking pull instead of push.

Incidentally, Larry Wagner (ala Combat), around the time that I interviewed him, was working at a startup that used local TV broadcast frequencies to deliver eMail and other internet services. Similar concept.

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