December 14th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

TVNZ is axing its Teletext information services after 28 years, labelling it obsolete.

The service launched in New Zealand in 1984 with funds raised in the 1981 Telethon, to give New Zealand’s deaf community more access to news and information.

It provided news, weather, Lotto, flight schedules and financial market information alongside lifestyle information such as horoscopes in simple text format.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick said it had hung on to the service for as long as it could but regular users were in ”relatively small” numbers.

I’m amazed it lasted this long.

Teletext was great in the days before the Internet. I used to be on page 101 all the time. But it is totally redundant today, and should have been euthanised long ago.