The Test Pattern & TV Presentation List, v3.0.4
Copyright © 1997-2003, Tom Walsh (email@example.com) and Steve Mindykowski (azumanga(@)tampabay.rr.com). All rights reserved. May be copied for personal, nonprofit uses only; for other uses, please contact the authors.
The most recent version of this document is available at http://www.rugratonline.com/testpatt/. This copy is the version v3.0.4 of April 7, 2003.
This list documents all websites dedicated to displaying test patterns and provides links to them. Also, some sites on the presentation of Tv channels, as well as other worthy sites that deal with the hidden aspects of TV.
v2.0.0 - 25 Nov 1997 - Added Swedish test pattern site
v2.0.1 - 26 Mar 1998 - Changed the /mb site URL
v2.0.2 - 29 Apr 1998 - Changed the /mb site URL again; fixed a few other errors
v2.0.3 - 8 Dec 1998 - New address, as Avimall site closed down; added European style CBC Montreal test pattern to heading and background
v2.0.4 - 24 Sep 2000 - Moved Test Pattern site to Geocities, due to Yahoo's plans to cap Simplenet's basic webspace at 100MB. Also added a link to Andrew Wiseman's TV Room.
v2.0.5 - 12 Nov 2001 - Moved test pattern site to A+Net, home to The UNOFFICIAL Rugrats Online. This is due to the fact that Yahoo's Geocities service has severe bandwidth restrictions (which blocks many sites with no rhyme or reason), plus, of course, the annoying X10 camera ads that may pop up from time-to-time. Also, added and changed some links.
v3.0 - 1 Apr 2002 -- Page renamed "The Test pattern & TV Presentation List". Changed e-mail. Also, added and changed some links.
v3.0.1 -- 17 Jun 2002 -- Added one new link.
v3.0.2 -- 27 Nov 2002 -- Added a few new links.
v3.0.3 -- 5 Jan 2003 -- Revised a couple of links.
v3.0.4 -- 7 Apr 2003 -- Removed a link.
Anyone watching TV in the US through 1975 must've seen the peacock in all
its glory and heard the memorable slogan and music, "The following program
is brought to you in living color on NBC!"
These stations have left the air long ago, but are still on the air in our
memories. Descriptions, plus links to other sites with descriptions.
All you wanted to know about test patterns -- and then some.
Some historical facts about television, from test patterns, to cameras, to
sets. And much more.
This site is dedicated to the preservation of European test patterns ("testbild"
in German). Steve calls it a "random" site, a good description. Most patterns
may be seen by entering the testbild museum. The sources of the patterns
are not listed but may be guessed from the titles of the image files.
Images and test cards gathered from satellites.
Images and test cards gathered from satellites.
And here's a directory where you can find those satellites:
This is the most famous (besides color bars, of course) American test pattern.
You can find it at the Modern TV site:
"Test cards" from British television, and now from around the world, including
the US. Includes cards for all five terrestrial stations. You need a table-capable
browser to view this site. Click on "The Test Card Gallery".
The famous "Test Card F", plus other slides and interstitials from the BBC's past, can be had here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/tv/testcards/index.shtml
Has everything about the insides and outs of British television, including idents and a few test cards, including the new Testcards J & W. Also, check out the Flash versions of the British TV idents. http://625.uk.com/
This site has the history of television in Ireland and Northern Ireland: http://www.irish-tv.com/
Slanted towards Britain, it deals with the various aspects of world TV. http://www.transdiffusion.org/
A website that features extensive information on Canadian media. http://members.shaw.ca/nelsonmedia/
Technical site that has listings for TV stations in Canada. http://members.rogers.com/tvdx1/
(Note: This site also had screen grabs of the closedowns and test patterns of some of them. But, since I added this link, the webmaster removed those pictures for reasons unknown. If it's those that you're after, visit CDN:TV instead.)
The very first series of various screengrabs of digital TV stations throughout the midwest, as observed by a person in west central Illinois. From the people that brought you TV Guide Specialists. http://www.oldtvguides.com/DXPhotos/
You can also find a small sample of these same pictures, plus public reaction to them, here: http://pages.cthome.net/fmdx/hdtv.html
And here's another page of HDTV DX screengrabs: http://pages.cthome.net/fmdx/hdtv_ty.html
Pictures of distant stations picked up in the suburbs of Detroit in the 1970s & 1980s. http://www.uhf.cc/ & http://driley53.tripod.com/tvdx/tvdx.html
Includes pictures of stations picked up in the midwest from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. http://hometown.aol.com/RKDX/tvdx-home.html
Features miscellaneous, uncommon test patterns. http://pages.cthome.net/fmdx/patt.html
Features the evolution of TV network logos and IDs, from the 1940s to today. http://members.fortunecity.com/teamfx2000/television/television.htm
And for TV show and studio logos, try:
(Note: E-mail does not work. If you are the webmaster of this site, please let me know.)
A Swedish site; a lot of test patterns, some scanned from books; patterns
displayed in a serve-side map format. Note that I have bypassed his
frame-formatted homepage, which has some interesting non-TV stuff
SONERA Technologies' commercial site has a few free samples to view and download;
test patterns for video equipment and browsers in gif format.
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