Thread: Stereo TV

    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    I remember back in the 80's thru the mid-late 90's that before many programs on network tv there was some mention that it was in stereo. Of course since I was little then, I could not tell the difference between stereo and mono.

    But: I can remember and looking through the Orlando Sentinel archives from 1985 to the present day.

    Some examples of these logos.

    ABC:

    I don't think they had any actual logos for stereo programs.

    CBS:

    1987-2000(est.) - The words CBS StereoSound inside a solid line in the center and a dashed line on both sides of the solid line with the words Where Available below it. In 1994-1995 the word Surround was added to the logo above the CBS StereoSound wording.

    Fox:

    1987-1989: ()()()IN STEREO()()() and below that WHERE AVAILABLE * the () were moving waves

    1989-Mid 1990s- in stereo (cursive) and below that WHERE AVAILABLE

    NBC:

    1984-1986: Seen on the now defunct 80's TV Theme Supersite that used the logo for audio clips in stereo, never saw this one on the air.

    1986-Mid 1990's: 1986-present NBC peacock inside a television set with a pair of headphones on top of the set. The words In Stereo and below that Where Available was to the right of the headphones/tv set logo.

    Locally, WESH (NBC) and WFTV (ABC) had stereo from almost the time it was started up back in 1984-1985. WOFL (Fox) had stereo by the time Fox started up. WCPX (later WKMG) (CBS) did not start up stereo audio until 6/1995 which was originally going to be turned on in 1987.
    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    Such a long time ago, things like that just go away and you normally don't notice it.
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    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    I remember the NBC one because they have it tacked onto some old SNL openings. I remember that becuase we got a stereo tv in '86. My parents said they could tell the difference, but I really couldn't
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    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    I remember seeing reruns of Married...with Children and The Simpsons that had "In Stereo" written in cursive, too. I also remember the Fox surround sound logo that appeared before some shows in the mid- and late-90s, and iirc, the logo was followed by an eerie whistling sound. Anyone remember that?
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    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    Generally the in stereo would come up at the bottom of the TV when the program starts.

    Now I got a TV made back in '95 that has stereo, and iirc it even detects a stereo signal

    Yeah, you can tell somewhat of a difference...
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    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    Ee-yep.

    Do they do that for stuff simul-cast in HD now? I can't remember.
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    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    Quote by Sunriser
    Ee-yep.

    Do they do that for stuff simul-cast in HD now? I can't remember.


    I'm pretty sure they still show that symbol before certain Fox shows.
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    • 13 years 11 months ago
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    I remember seeing the NBC peacock-with-headphones at the bottom of the screen as Knight Rider began.
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    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    In the intro of Valerie ( later known as the Hogan Family) there is a two for one stereo logos. the NBC and WESH (I don't clearly remember if that was the one)
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    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    Reruns of In Living Color on BET keep the Fox "in Stereo WHERE AVAILABLE" logo.

    CBS shows a logo at the beginning of HD shows that says "Available in HD 5.1 Where Available".
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    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    It’s hard to notice on a small TV unless you are close to it, but it makes a big difference on a surround sound system. I remember we got a Dolby Pro Logic surround sound system back in the min 90s and it use to piss me off that some stations did not broadcast in stereo. It was mainly some cable and independent stations. Now they all do and its not big deal. However I wish more would broadcast in 5.1 surround sound. BTW if you listen to the intro's to the Hogan family on this site one of the CBS intros are in stereo, sounds much better. I wish videos on youtube.com were in stereo, but none are to save on space.
    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    An old MTV commercial used to advertise having a special stereo hookup that your cable company provided so that you could listen to the music in stereo. I watched that when MTV was celebrating their 20th year and thought it was just so 80's.
    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    ABC:

    I don't think they had any actual logos for stereo programs.


    They did have something during the late 80's where it had two speaker spreading out w/ the heading "in stereo where available".and it it can still be seen in the intro for The Wonder Years
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    • 12 years 6 months ago
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    The only one I ever recall seeing is the "In Stereo where available" message supplied with early episodes of The Simpsons.
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    • 4 years 9 months ago
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    i remember seeing the "In Stereo where available" on “On Scene: Emergency Response” "American Gladiators" and "China Beach"
    • 4 years 3 months ago
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    Quote by Javiomar
    In the intro of Valerie ( later known as the Hogan Family) there is a two for one stereo logos. the NBC and WESH (I don't clearly remember if that was the one)

    i remember WYFF(my NBC station) having a stereo logo at the start of "On Scene: Emergency Response" or "Tic Tac Dough" back in 1990 it was simllar to the NBC one
    • 4 years 3 months ago
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    Quote by oz615
    ABC:

    I don't think they had any actual logos for stereo programs.


    They did have something during the late 80's where it had two speaker spreading out w/ the heading "in stereo where available".and it it can still be seen in the intro for The Wonder Years

    i remember the ABC stereo logo from "China Beach" but also they had a small one on the top right hand corner for "Wide World Of Sports" and maybe PBA bowling
    • 4 years 3 months ago
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    the two best examples of stereo i heard was once on "On Scene" you could hear the sound of a helicopters blades or the roar of the rapids the other was on "China Beach" like when Laurette Barber the USO entertainer sings or Nurse Colleen sings with her it sounded as good in stereo in fact the "China Beach" theme sounded good in stereo than it did in mono!
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    • 30 days 4 hours ago
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    Today's episode of Touched By An Angel on Start TV had the CBS StereoSound Where Available intact.
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