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The only downside to living in an age where endless amounts of really good TV shows and movies are constantly available at the touch of a button is that it’s become a lot harder to stop paying attention to what you’re watching, and just lay on the couch for hours staring at the middle distance.
Lucky designer Joey Cato has used the internet to recreate those frenetic days of television brain melting, with a TV emulating website called My retro TVs†
The site presents the image of one of the many big clunky old TVs next to a series of switches that allow viewers to choose whether they want to see specific genres (talk shows, cartoons, news, etc.) or commercials while watching. To really capture the nostalgic aspect of the viewing experience, Cato has broken down My Retro TVs into five decades so that users can choose to zoom out to shows from the 60’s† †70s† †the 80’s† †the 90’s† †00s, or specific years within each period. (After the 2000s, you might as well browse YouTube mindlessly.)
Each of the decades has its own TV design to fit the era, with on-screen controls that change channels, adjust the volume, or control the degree to which “vintage image noise” and other effects are superimposed over the stream.
The TV channels work by grabbing video from YouTube and filtering it to the correct channel. As Cato puts it, the project aims to “honor the pop culture memories of the past decades” and “simulate the vintage experience of channel surfing on an era TV.”
Based on the experience of browsing channels on the †90s TV and assuming that watching an Oasis music video is better than commercials, Cato seems to have accomplished the goal of his simulation, for better or for worse.
[via Boing Boing]
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