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Some interesting videos from the BT Film Archive -
An Introduction to Prestel - How it will be the answer to everything!
Prestel Innovations - Some of the planned extensions to the standard - Prextend, Picture Prestel, and Gateway.  Only the last of these got implemented in the live service.


Me, logging into Prestel, checking my emails, and browsing the chatlines.
(Data recorded on a BBC Micro, 1988, and reconstituted 2015!)
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Prestel advert 2/4 from 1980:
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BBC The Computer Programme 1982 #08
Chris Searle demonstrating email via Prestel, 1982


Making the Most of the Micro - Prestel - 1983
Mac demonstrating more services, and booking seats at the Barbican..



And for those of you wanting a closer look at some of the pages featured in these last two videos:


Thanks to Ant for finding the videos and recreating the pages for you.


NBC "Telefuture" from 1980 - An American program about the future of information on your TV set, but with a small section about the British Teletext and viewdata services.  See if you can spot the Noughts-and-crosses; the Prestel main indexes are easier noticed.


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GEOFFREY FOLKES
23 Aug 2011, 15:04

Fantastic memories of the fab system Prestel & micronet 800, of which I was a member for about 4years !!

I loved the Mirconet system, and the People on there, made loads of friends, online, they ran there own BBS systems
great days...
wish Viewdata would come back.
great videos on here, a nostalgic trip long live it
Geoff.
THANATOS
21 Aug 2015, 16:31
Thanks for the update Rob! The RSS has been down, so I didn't get the notice till now. Anyway - great seeing a viewdata session again and running it full screen was fun.
Neil
12 Jul 2016, 06:19
I thought all history of Prestel & Micronet was lost forever. I was in the chatrooms in the late 80s (user name 'somebody'). I used to tell people at work about it and they thought it was just a pointless thing. Wow, if some of us had thought back then about how far it would all go...
Neil
12 Jul 2016, 06:21
I thought all history of Prestel & Micronet was lost forever. I was in the chatrooms in the late 80s (user name 'somebody'). I used to tell people at work about it and they thought it was just a pointless thing. Wow, if some of us had thought back then about how far it would all go...
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