Reference Library: Magical Mystery Tour: B&W Or Color?
From: R Lapworth <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Original Broadcast of MMT
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 1997 11:51:43 GMT
The message <349CDC37.274F@ix.netcom.com>
from James Wong [firstname.lastname@example.org] contains these words:
It is my understanding that the original television broadcast of MMT in
England (on 12/26/67) was in black and white. Why was it not televised
OK, once again.
The BBC have two TV channels, BBC1 and BBC2. At the time, they were
in the process of changing from the old 405 line system to the new
625 line system. BBC2 was only broadcast on 625 lines. You needed a
different TV set to receive each system. Colour TV was only just
beginning, was broadcast on the 625 line system, and required a
colour set, of course.
A large number of people in the UK still only had the old 405 line
sets, so could not receive BBC2. Some had the 625 line black and
white sets, but very few had a colour set. So if the Beeb had
transmitted MMT only in colour on BBC2, although the people with
colour sets could see it in colour, and the people with 625 could see
it in black and white, a lot of people with the old 405 line sets
would not be able to see it.
If they broadcast it on BBC1, it would not be in colour.
So, they did the best thing possible - they broadcast it twice. First
on BBC1 in black and white, later on BBC2 in colour.
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