All the teletext stuff I could find compiled into one large, but very handy categorised list. Happy telly-texting.
General teletext resources
- Teletext Then and Now: The Teletext Museum collects teletext pages of historical significance, not just from its native United Kingdom but worldwide also.
- The Teletext Preservation Project and its sister site Viewdata.org.uk aim to hunt down and archive as many pages as is humanly –and indeed robotically– possible.
- The Viewdata and Teletext Frame Database is a browsable catalogue of archived services that aims to become the largest of its kind.
- The Teletext Mailing List remains an ‘underground’ source of teletext-related chat, even in this pre-post-teletext era.
- The Teletext Facebook Group is the Internet’s largest collection of teletexters. Now with over 500 members, it is the primary teletext news source for social networkers of webland.
- The Teletext Archaeologist, AKA Jason Robertson, is recovering teletext recordings from old video tapes. Here is a list of his recoveries displayed in a web viewer.
International (Non-English Language)
- Tekst-tv.dk, a Danish teletext fansite run by Thomas Boevith. [Danish]
- Super Page 58 is a tribute to Teletext Ltd’s infamous ‘Digitiser’, with over a decade’s worth of Mr Biffo archives.
- New Mailbox is an archive of the Paramount Comedy Mailbox service that also collects episodes of the teletext soap ‘Park Avenue’.
- The Vegetable Revolution is effectively a successor to Channel 4’s chaotic ‘Mega Zine’, which could be described as a teletext message board. Up until 2012, the new site reprinted letters from the original teletext service.
- The International Teletext Art Festival has been running since 2012, and has broadcast on services in countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland.
- The 2006 VBI Microtel project was a service broadcast on Dutch teletext for the 35th International Film Festival in Rotterdam. During its all-too-brief lifespan, it exhibited numerous artists’ teletext designs.
- The Teletext Block Party: teletext art on the road. Has hosted workshops and ‘txt parties’ at Tate Britain, St Helens Library and the Superbyte Festival amongst others.
- The Museum of Teletext Art showcases prominent pieces of teletext design from 2012 onwards. It has been featured on YLE Text in Finland and ARD Text in Germany.
- Teletext40 was the world’s first(?) exclusively online teletext service, created to celebrate 40 years of the medium. In its two-year lifespan, it broadcast hundreds of pages created with the accompanying Teletext40 Editor (now known as Edit-TF). Two ‘Pages From Ceefax’ style videos, known as ‘Teletext40 On View’, were produced.
- Teefax is the pioneering VBIT Pi teletext service, but it can also be viewed in a web browser. Within ten minutes, you too can be running a new teletext service on your old television.
- The Teletextr Podcast remains the world’s
onlybest teletext radio show. Includes panels from Teletext Fest events and interviews with prominent members of the artisan teletext movement.
- Here is a series of YouTube playlists for teletext documentaries, presentations and news stories.
Current teletext services
See here for a more comprehensive list of teletext artist biographies.
- Dan Farrimond (that’s me) has been exhibited on teletext services across Europe… and the UK.
- Ian ‘Swirv’ Irving designed for Ceefax and 4-Tel, creating cartoon character 4-Tel The Dog.
- Steve Horsley is a former employee of Teletext Ltd. who now creates more than just pixel horses.
- Raquel Meyers works with text mode formats such as PETSCII and teletext.
- Here is a gallery of pages made in the Edit-TF teletext editor.
Articles on teletext design
- Steve Horsley talks about his ARMS teletext art
- Dan Farrimond interview with Computer Arts
- Dan Farrimond interview with Mistigris
- Teletext Design piece by Peter Fagan
- An introduction to teletext art by Claire Voon @ Hyperallergic
- Digitiser2000 is the new home of ex-Teletext writer Mr Biffo. He occasionally posts about his experiences working with teletext. See also: Games of My Years: The Digitiser Story.
- Chipflip is blog-label about low res crafts such as teletext and text art, while Text-Mode, curated by Goto80 and Raquel Meyers, compiles examples of such art.
- Jason Robertson’s Teletext Blog documents pages captured from VHS and Betamax recordings.
- S-Config has written an informative blog post on the revival of teletext, with links to useful resources on teletext art.
Other useful resources
- The Micro Arts Group site includes a detailed timeline on the history of computer art.
Last updated 31 January 2021.