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    19th Century Analalogue Streaming

    The British Rediffusion Radio Programme and later TV cable distribution system I knew about, but I did not know that such systems are older than radio itself. Many towns used telephone systems to route music, entertainment and news into homes from the 1880s!

    This Radio 3 broadcast tells the tale

    My grandmother had one of these

    but in a beautiful brown Bakelite. Notice the channel selector and volume control on the wall. They offered an attractive subscription alternative to an expensive "Wireless Set".

    As a teenager I liberated the speaker and used it for a few years.

    The earlier London Telephone based system is described here

    The Electrophone system. A system for Theatre and Church Services to be broadcast to private residencies via the Telephone line.

    but the programme makes clear that the Budapest network was the best, offering a broad range of "Radio" programme output by wire.

    The Radio 3 Programme is worth a listen.
    Last edited by Labarum; 2011-04-04, 22:19.

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    19th Century Radio Streaming

    Hi Labarum,
    Unfortunately, I can remember these, from my childhood. I also live in Southampton. I was brought up on an estate that was constructed after the war. All the houses were wired for Rediffusion, which gave a poor choice of radio, via the dial in your picture. Times were hard then; no I am not going melancholy; but everywhere had been devastated, as we were a port town (not yet a City)and a major Luftwaffe target.
    Looking back, I can remember, my parents having to rent the Rediffusion and also the television.
    I don't know if the wiring is still in place on the houses, for the service, which no longer exists. I suspect it was better than nothing, which for many was the choice of the day!