On the web since 1996
Updated: Fr 1-Jan-21
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It's 2021, and Adobe have ended support for Flash. With Microsoft and Google set to disable Flash in their browsers imminently, you might expect that the Flash Files, re-creations of old TV logo animations made for this website, will no longer be available...
But thanks to Ruffle, a free, open-source Flash Player emulator, the Flash Files will be staying alive!
With Ruffle, it won't matter if you no longer have a working Flash Player plug-in for your browser. Even better, using Ruffle means that Flash content can also be played on phones and tablets. All you need is a modern browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari, and you're all set - there are no plug-ins needed.
The technology is still being developed, so not everything will be perfect to start with. But it's good to know that Dave Jeffery's work, first published here over 20 years ago, will live on!
A sample of Flash Files - now available on phones and tablets.
Other fun stuff!
Animated Thames Logos
NEW! Tu 1-Sep-20
NEW! Tu 1-Sep-20
Remember static - the random picture of dots you saw when tuning an analogue TV set? Hard to put on YouTube because too much changes too quickly for the codec to cope. But here it is perfectly generated by your browser (both in colour and black and white).
The story of the disappearance of Central and Westcountry, swept away by the Carlton branding machine.
The story of the disappearance of LWT, HTV and the regional announcers, despite assurances from the Government that ITV's regional identities were safe in their hands.
The story of how Carlton and Grampian disappeared along with hours of regional programming.
A FAQ on digital TV from 1999 when it was a new thing! A time when you could plug a set-top box into your TV and get Sky One on subscription with no dish, no cable and no internet required.
From 2003, the annoyance of colourful, sometimes animated, permanent on-screen logos or "DOGs" that most channels have nowadays.
TV Logos Index
Revised Fr 1-Jan-21
TV Station logos from yesteryear, featuring Dave Jeffery's Flash Files and Flash-free symbols, clocks and break bumpers. With special focus on the visual brand history of the BBC, Thames Television and ITV's unified look from 1999 to 2005.
Transcripts of public information films with some available to watch (if you have RealPlayer, VLC or something similar and can put up with the tiny video size!).
Channel 5, Britain's newest and last terrestrial analogue TV network, was launched on Easter Sunday 1997 by The Spice Girls. This is an FAQ on the station from 1999.
Everything you always ever wanted to know about PDC, the amazing invention which enabled you to set a timer to record a programme and it would still work, even if the programme was delayed. An FAQ from 2003 when analogue TV was still a thing.
TV favourite Zippy from Rainbow lets rip with a four-letter word in the name of entertainment. Yes it's really Zippy. Don't believe it? See for yourself!
Trying to get hold of an old TV theme? Here are the track listings from the TV Sets collection and This is the Return of Cult Fiction, which includes White Horses, judged to be the best tv theme ever!
In 1996, Dave Van Staveren created a web site that turned out to consist almost entirely of other people's web pages. The other people weren't happy - especially when Dave accused them of copying from him! That December he visited the BBC and apologised for his actions. But that wasn't the end of the story...
Find out how you go about inventing a popular quiz show and what it's like to appear on one.
A full list of contents for the pages at this web site. New and updated pages are indicated, as are those featuring audio and video clips. And there's a new symbol to indicate the slowly increasing number of mobile-friendly pages.
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