Re: TV Band ?
- From: Roadie <hjsjms@xxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:52:51 -0700
On Aug 29, 9:39 am, D Peter Maus <DPeterM...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Aug 29, 8:40 am, pincopallo...@xxxxxxxx wrote:
Many radios for the US market has not only the AM and FM bands but
they also have the TV band.
Can anyone explain what is the TV band ?
Can you hear to television broadcasts in that band ?
If so, could it work in Italy too ?
It's the audio portion of a TV broadcast. For me it would be useless
because TV audio is typically written to assume there are
Surprisingly, not so.
There was a study done some 25 years ago, now, that specifically
addressed the issue of whether pictures were actually needed for TV
The results were quite interesting. Of the TV shows up to that point
which would have been early 80's, now, only two shows on television had
ever REQUIRED picture to transmit the content, intent, and story (if
any) of the show. One was 'Mission: Impossible.' The other was 'the
In virtually all other cases, the audio portion was all that was
necessary. Even visual gag shows like Red Skelton worked with audio
only. No surprise there...he had been successful on Radio also.
The study was roundly panned by the TV industry, for one. For obvious
reasons. The study was also the source of some mirth among Radio wags.
This is something radio listeners had known for decades.
Dramas, comedy, variety shows, mysteries. Even science fiction and
westerns like Gunsmoke and Have Gun Will Travel had all been successful
Radio shows. Have Gun Will Travel was unique in that it began on TV in
1957, and migrated to Radio for the conclusion of the story in which
Paladin returned to Boston to collect an inheritance.
When the radio shows began to move to TV, the same writers were
producing the scripts in the style to which they'd been accustomed: with
emphasis on audio content. In other words, TV scripts were being written
as for Radio.
With few exceptions, that style hasn't changed.
And even today, in very nearly all cases, the audio channel is the
only thing needed to carry the program.
TV band radios make a good deal of sense.
Something we, as active Radio listeners today have continued to enjoy.
Well, certainly someone like Red Skelton, or possibly Gunsmoke would
certainly be listenable. Most of the modern shows rely a lot on
visual tricks to make them interesting and the listener would be in
for a very flat and ultimately boring experience while trying to
figure out what was happening on CSI-like crime programs, most of the
dopey sitcoms, Discovery and Nature programs, etc. Imagine listening
to only the audio feed for the Antiques Roadshow. Today's programming
relies much more on visual imagery to provide detail to situations.
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