created by joey cato
Ready to channel-surf? Just click one of the TV's above!


What is this thing?

MyDecadeTV is a set of projects I created to honor the pop culture memories of decades past. Basically, each site aspires to simulate the vintage experience of channel-surfing on a TV from a particular era. To support this effect, channel content may not necessarily start playing from the beginning. However, to accommodate those viewers with more modernized expectations, the settings can be adjusted ( see documentation below. )

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Help Screen

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

Powering on and off

You can turn on and off the TV by clicking on the power button (located in the bottom-righthand corner of the TV). Or simply just tap the SPACE BAR. Or you can also use the remote control.

Volume Control

Press the M key to toggle on and off TV sound effects. To change the volume of current channel being played, you can use the + and keys. You can also access the volume settings from the remote control.

Channel Surfing

You can directly change channels by interacting with the TV dials, remote control or by using the arrow keys: ( Previous channel: or    Next channel: or )
If you want to jump directly to content for a given year, just click on it or press the last digit (0-9) of the year. ( Example: Pressing the 8 key will take you the content for 1988 )
Note: It may be helpful to think of each year as a "bucket" of channels.

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 None on the filter panel, then select the Music checkbox. You'll see the filter in effect once you begin changing channels again.


Full-screen Mode

To enter full-screen mode, press the F key. There are four modes available:
1) Default view (Full-screen mode is off)
2) Only television with stand is visible
3) Only television is visible
4) Only video is visible during playback

Note: You can also exit full-screen mode at any time by pressing the Esc key.

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 (Playlist Mode.) When enabled ( by pressing the P key ), all channels will play from the beginning each time. When a channel ends playback, the next channel will automatically be selected.

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. Press the S key to toggle Shuffle Mode on and off.


Vintage Picture Noise

You can cycle through the levels of picture noise (5 settings) by pressing the N key.
Note: This feature is only available on the 70's and 80's TV. There are 5 basic levels of static available:
(None, 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x)

Glow Effect

The colorful animated glow you see surrounding the TV tube is added for realism, though some viewers may find it distracting. You can toggle this off by pressing the G key.

Black & White Mode

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

Color Scheme

On the 70's TV, you can configure the color-scheme to be green or orange by clicking on the button, or by pressing the C key. This only modifies the TV scene and has no effect on video playback itself.

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.


Issue: "All I see is static" :(

Currently, this site only works on major desktop browsers, though I'm hoping to eventually support mobile devices in a future update.

Issue: "The site never fully loads" :(

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 (browser, version, etc.)