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How long have scarts been around?

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by SimonJB, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. SimonJB

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    Silly question to some but ...... I'm considering buying a DVD player for my Aunt & Uncle for Christmas and I haven't a clue how old their TV is! Obviously I don't want to ask them if their TV has a scart socket 'cos it would sort of give the game away and they live a long way away so it's not as simple as popping in for a cuppa and having a shuftie behind their set.
    So, has anyone got any idea how long TV's have had scart sockets for? Their TV could possibly be 15 to 20 years old ..... I just don't know.
    Please help. :blush:
     
  2. Logo Hater

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    I'm fairly sure I have been using them for at least the last 15 years.
     
  3. TV Headache

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    The Philips TV my parents bought in '86 had a single scart input but I think it was considered a fairly high-end feature back then (?).
     
  4. Chris Muriel

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    They originally appeared around 1982 or 1983 for a French terrestrial scrambled TV service from Canal Plus.
    The SCART was needed to connect to the official decoders, otherwise you got a line-shifted picture (somewhat like analogue nagravision encryption (which is still around on Hispasat at 30 degrees west).
    The encryption was soon hacked but rumour has it that the French often preferred to watch the late night erotic films without the decoder enabled ; apparently watching porn in "zig-zag mode" is more arousing because it leaves more to the imagination !

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    My parents had a Sony Profile TV bought when I was 17 or 18. It had a Peritel connector - I don't think that they were called SCART in those days. It was the same year that the first BBC Micro model A came out - I convinced them to upgrade their TV for me to use as a monitor! So that would have been 1981 or 1982 if my maths is correct.

    -Ian
     
  6. vizslaraner

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  7. Chris Muriel

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    Good rundown on that last link - thanks Vizslaraner.

    (perhaps not as entertaining as my contribution though).

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    Do you know which brand of TV they have?
     
  9. SimonJB

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    Hi TV Headache,
    Sorry - I don't know what their TV is.
    Interesting post re. the porn channel - although I can't believe they will be watching too much of that - wouldn't do their health much good ..... but then again ......
    I'm going to Google now.
    Cheers. :thumbsup:
     

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