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Old 09-02-2015, 03:26 AM
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Tri-view TV?

Going through some old pictures, about 10 years ago I came across this 3 CRT TV. Excuse the picture - the cameras on phones were only so good 10 years ago! As a bonus I'll include this RCA B&W I also came across.

Any idea who made the three screen?
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Old 09-02-2015, 04:30 AM
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Sampo. See page 27 here: http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...cs-1981-09.pdf
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:44 PM
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Now that is pretty cool. Also, I had one of those RCAs very briefly almost two years ago.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:11 PM
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That RCA looks to be what Radio Shack had modified for the TRS-80 Model I monitor (Pic stolen from the internet):

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Old 09-02-2015, 07:02 PM
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Sony made a "Tri" TV as well, right around the time the 1st Trinitrons came out. They had 3 screens the same size, the guys at Bondurant Bros in Knoxville-Our Sony Distributor in NE TN were singularly UNIMPRESSED w/it. I asked if it was COLOR, one of 'em snarled "NO-But you THINK you're buyin' a Color set..."
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The only ones I know of that Sony did were monitors, and not TVs.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:48 PM
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Back in the stone age of TV, there were only 3 TV networks. CBS, NBC and ABC. With one of these sets you could watch all three...
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:32 PM
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Another one of these Sampo tri-screen sets just showed up on Facebook Marketplace for a very good price, only $50.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...34379147182985






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Old 12-29-2018, 05:07 PM
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Never saw the Sampo in person. We did sell them as a cheap set for a few
yrs. Not to badly built. We even had warranty status but only fixed
one IIRC. They just never caught on........
I fixed a few of the Sonys when I worked for them. I thought one had
tuners the other 2 were monitors but that was 40 yrs ago. They came
from one of the big 4 Boston stations.

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Old 12-29-2018, 08:52 PM
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On sale at Neiman-Marcus 1969.

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Old 12-29-2018, 08:57 PM
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On sale at Newman-Marcus 1969.
Thank you for sharing this. Sandy mentioned a Sony one earlier, but I didn't recall ever seeing one that wasn't just (security) monitors. Being sold at Neiman-Marcus, it probably wasn't cheap.

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Old 12-29-2018, 10:18 PM
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I recall that Sampo being a frequent prize on "The Price is Right". I also recall Belmont, a DC area electronics store that advertised a lot on TV, carried Sampo. I've never seen one of their products in person.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:49 PM
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Another one of these Sampo tri-screen sets just showed up on Facebook Marketplace for a very good price, only $50.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...34379147182985






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If anyone in VA can grab this and bring it to the ETF I'd double your money...
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:43 AM
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Here's another multi-screen set. This Nordmende has 3 B&W screens, and a larger color one.



http://collection.sciencemuseum.org....ision-receiver

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Old 12-30-2018, 03:26 PM
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Forty-odd years ago, Popular Science magazine had an article on a TV called the "Showcase 70". This set was made in 1970 (hence the "70" in the name) and had four monochrome screens plus a large 21" color screen, with a remote that could switch the image from any one of those screens to the large one on a moment's notice; the set also had a digital channel readout, again rather unusual for a TV made in 1970. IIRC, the set was housed in a clear plastic cabinet, which I found unusual, although I guess it makes sense when one considers this was an experimental model.

I don't think the Showcase 70 was ever meant to be mass-produced, as it was simply a prototype that never made it past the developmental stage. However, it could have given other TV manufacturers (Sony, Nordmende, et al.) the idea to produce similar sets under their own branding.

I don't see the practicality of a set like this anyway, except perhaps for TV stations so that they could keep tabs on what the other stations/networks were showing at any given time during the stations' broadcast day (this TV is from the era when television stations would sign off for the night around one or two a. m. local time).

I can't see anyone actually owning a TV like this except for the novelty factor. I had a great-uncle (now long since deceased) who couldn't see the sense, either, in having a TV with more than one screen. He used to say "you can watch only one channel at a time", which makes sense. Even picture-in-picture (PIP) systems, which were popular before DTV and flat screen TVs and showed a small picture from a second channel in one corner of the main TV screen while another was being watched, were useful (IMHO) only for the novelty of them as, again, no one can watch more than one TV program at a time. The PIP functionality only worked when the TV was connected to a VCR with its own tuner.

BTW, no flat-screen TV I have ever seen has had PIP capability. I wonder if this would be possible with HD televisions, or is there some technical or other reason why PIP never caught on in the digital-TV era?
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