Broadcasting Over Wires


THE idea of conveying speech and music programmes over a wire network is by no means new in Great Britain, for so early as 1895, the Electrophone Company provided a service to telephone subscribers by special connexion to theatres, music halls and churches. Until a few years ago, however, no serious development had taken place owing to the indifferent quality of the service, the absence of suitable loud speakers and amplifying equipment, and the lack of public demand resulting from the relatively high cost involved. The introduction and success of radio broadcasting, accompanied by revolutionary developments in technique and equipment, have caused renewed attention to be given to the possibilities of diffusing programmes over wire networks. For some years past a number of relay companies have been re-distributing the ordinary broadcast programmes over special wire network systems to subscribers who prefer this mode of reception to that involving the use of a normal receiver.

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S-R., R. Broadcasting Over Wires. Nature 145, 434–435 (1940).

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