My Retro TVs

Click on a TV above to start channel-surfing!

INTRODUCTION

What is this?

Hello! Welcome to My Retro TVs. I created these virtual TV websites as a way to honor the pop culture memories of decades past. Each site aspires to simulate the vintage experience of channel-surfing on a TV from a particular era.

Continue reading below if you'd like to learn about the supported feature. Or just click on a 📺 above to start watching now :]

BASIC CONTROLS

Help Screen

For a quick overview of all the available keyboard shortcuts, just click on the TV remote's MENU button. Please note that you can also interact directly with the television itself to access some of these features.

Keyboard shortcut: H

Powering on and off

Click the POWER button on the remote control to turn on and off the TV set.

Keyboard shortcut: SPACE BAR

Volume Control

Click the VOL -/VOL + buttons on the remote control to adjust the volume.

Keyboard shortcuts:
-/+ : Adjust volume
M : Toggle on/off sound effects

Channel Surfing

Click the CH ▼/CH ▲ buttons to change channels. Of course, you can also interact with the TV itself.

Keyboard shortcuts:
or : Previous channel
or : Next channel
0-9 : Jump to decade

Filtering content

The filter panel to the right-side of the TV allows you directly select the content you wish to view. For example, if you just want to peruse music videos, click the None option on the filter panel, and then select the Music checkbox. These changes will take effect as soon as you change the channel.

VIEWING MODES

Full-screen Mode

When full-screen mode is enabled, the video is resized to fit the entire page.

Keyboard shortcut: F (Toggle setting)
Keyboard shortcut: Esc ( Exits full-screen mode )

Playlist Mode

By default, each channel starts at a random time and loops its content. For those viewers not interested in this classic channel-surfing experience, there is another option called Playlist Mode. When enabled , all channels will play from the beginning each time. When a channel ends playback, the next channel will automatically be selected.

Keyboard shortcut: P ( Toggles setting )

Shuffle Mode

Normally, changing the channel will take you linearly through the content year-by-year. However, if you activate Shuffle Mode this progression is completely randomized, so channel-changing may jump you automatically to a different year.

Keyboard shortcut: S ( Toggles setting )

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Vintage Picture Noise

You can cycle through 5 levels of picture noise: None, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x

Keyboard shortcut: N ( Rotates through the five static settings )

Glow Effect

The colorful animated glow you see surrounding the TV tube is added for realism, though some viewers may find it distracting.

Keyboard shortcut: G ( Toggles setting )

Black & White Mode

On the 70's TV, you can enable or disable color by clicking on theB/W button.

Keyboard shortcut: B ( Toggles setting )

Color Scheme

On the My70sTV site, you can configure the color-scheme to be green or orange by clicking on the button. This only modifies the TV scene and has no effect on video playback itself.

Keyboard shortcut: C ( Changes color )

TV Static Transition Overlay

TV Static
When changing channels you'll normally see the above TV static transition show. But for the modernized 2000's TV this might seem a bit out of place. For that reason, you can choose to toggle that behavior off.

Keyboard shortcut: O

Watch current clip on YouTube

If you'd like more direct control on the current clip you're watching (i.e. pause, rewind, fast-forward), press the Y key to open it in a separate browser window, where YouTube will resume playback. The TV itself will power automatically off to avoid audio interference.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Issue: All I see is static

    Some users have reported that the site doesn't work within embedded apps such as RedditIsFun
    Try launching instead from a standard browser (Ex: Chrome, Brave, Firefox, Safari, Edge)

Issue: The site never fully loads

  • Try refreshing your browser to make sure you have the most recent website changes

    On Windows: Ctrl+R
    On Mac: Command+R
  • Make sure you don't have any special YouTube browser extensions enabled which may interfere with the site's functionality. Some users have reported conflicts with the following extensions: SmartVideo for YouTube, YouTube Options

Issue: Something else wrong?

If you are still encountering issues and have tried the recommendations above, then please leave a comment in the suggestion box (available on either of the TV sites.) Preferrably include any details you can which might be helpful (device, web browser, version, etc.)

TERMS OF SERVICE / PRIVACY POLICY

In order to conveniently display the title of each viewed channel below the TV, these websites rely on YouTube API Services to fetch the title from the corresponding YouTube video when it is loaded. For more information, please refer to YouTube's Terms of Service and Google's Privacy Policy
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