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Philips PM5544



The Philips PM5544 is a television pattern generator, most commonly used to provide a television station with a complex test card. It has been in use since the dawn of colour television, and is the most commonly used test card generator, with only the SMPTE bars and the BBC Test Card F coming close to its usage.

The BBC occasionally uses a modified version, Test Card G. Many broadcasters using a 625 line PAL system use some form of the PM5544 test pattern.

Since the PM5544 is geared towards the PAL colour coding system, this test pattern is uncommon among NTSC broadcasters, though some, such as CBFT, CBMT, WBOY-TV and WNYW, have used a 525 line version of the PM5544 in the past.

The PM5544 was also in widespread use in Australia for many years, most notably with the ABC and SBS. Some commercial stations also used the PM5544.


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wheel of fortune!


Created by Merv Griffin, the daytime version of the American game show Wheel of Fortune aired on NBC from January 6, 1975 to June 30, 1989. It was seen on CBS from July 17, 1989, to January 11, 1991, returning to NBC from January 14 until its final cancellation on September 20. During its run it occupied several time slots, airing between 10:00 a.m. and noon Eastern Time; for most of its run, NBC carried it at 11:00 a.m. For seven weeks in 1975-76, it aired in a one-hour format, as NBC tried in vain to copy the success of CBS’s recently-expanded The Price Is Right.


 see also: rota fortunae

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