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    It's interesting how the price of television sets seem to be the same now as they did 40 years ago for the most modern versions - i.e. around 250 to 300. It was no wonder that a lot of people used to rent them back in the 1970s. I bet that only the rich bought them outright, and I assume that it wasn't until the mid 1980s that ordinary people did just that.

    I have heard of Telebank, and I am certain that my late father would put 10p (the old bigger ones of course) or some coin inside the slot of this machine inside a cupboard, although it could have been something to do with the electricity or gas rather than the television. I thought it was connected to paying the television licence fee, although he might have collected stamps from the Post Office to do that and put them in a cheque book sized book.

    I knew that there were rental shops called Rediffusion, and I didn't know that there was an ITV company of that name until I watched the TV Heaven series in 1992.

    Are Sky or Freeview the modern day equivalent of that I have always wondered?
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
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    I have heard of Telebank, and I am certain that my late father would put 10p (the old bigger ones of course) or some coin inside the slot of this machine inside a cupboard, although it could have been something to do with the electricity or gas rather than the television.
    Sounds like a leccy meter to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletino View Post
    Sounds like a leccy meter to me.
    That's what I thought, although as the cupboard was just behind our television set at home, I thought it was something to do with that - an equivalent of the dials that some hold houses have near to the window sill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    That's what I thought, although as the cupboard was just behind our television set at home, I thought it was something to do with that - an equivalent of the dials that some hold houses have near to the window sill.
    Was it like this?



    (two shillings would be about 10p?)

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    This is a coin operated tv


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    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletino View Post

    (two shillings would be about 10p?)
    Yes Mulletino you got it; two shillings is 10p

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I was wondering what people's memories of renting TVs, back in the day when sets were expensive & often went wrong.

    It seemed that until the early 1980s the companies were helped by new TV innovations, then when sets became cheaper & more reliable they started to rent video recorders or home computers.

    After VCRs became cheaper & reliable some companies switched to installing satellite dishes, which kept them going for another decade or so.

    In the last 20 years most innovations haven't had such a high price & with many retailers offering credit deals the need to rent has more or less gone.

    Over the years the likes of Redeffusion, Granada, Radio Rentals, British Relay, Visionshire, DER etc. seemed to all merge into Box Clever, which only exists online.

    Most of the electrical suppliers also rented sets, as did many retailers like the Co-op & Rumbelows when it was cost effective.

    My family rented a basic colour largish TV until 1984 from Granada. I only once remember an engineer coming round to have a look inside, who looked like a younger Jim Royle.

    It went back when my parents bought a Philips TV with remote from Comet, which seemed a lot more advanced then the one we rented, with it's grey plastic case & electronic tuning.
    Good call/thread idea you have had here, Richard mate. This is something I'd allmost forgotan about - as my Grandparents rented from the Co-op, never nobody else (though they never rented a Video Machine or had one until their last days). I remember the first Telly that I recall in the 80s - it was as heavy as heavy metal (but still modern, minus a remote if this makes sense), with the 1, 2, 3 and 4 buttons

    Everyone in my Town - if you rented or was on the "never, never" went to the Co-op and even I went in the mid to late 90s to purchase a Video Player when first got my own place ("went" though being the operative word) as had never met such a bg fuss-pot trying to sell what was blatant rubbish (or at least v other plkaces of the day, like Dixons/Currys) etc!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    I was reading a bit about BSB recently, the system was very over-engineered compared to Sky's, which meant better picture quality but the equipment was much more expensive. Supposedly it was designed to be forward compatible for digital when it arrived.

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    I cannot see that picture, but two shillings was 10p.

    I used to think that it worked similar to payphones did.
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    I can remember my grandparents renting a wood-effect HMV colour TV on a stand from a firm called Telstar but my parents bought their TVs. Always Sanyo, excellent TVs and 100% reliable. In 1980 my grandparents stopped renting and bought a new ITT followed by a Hitachi in 1987. DER and Radio Rentals (also Rumbelows) were part of Thorn EMI. They used Ferguson TVs and VCRs (sometimes badged as Baird, DER, Thorn etc.) because Ferguson was the consumer electronics division of the same company. All very convenient! As others have said, TV rental seemed to die out in the 1980s as sets became cheaper, better and far more reliable - largely thanks to the Japanese.

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