The History Of Video Games On TV

Interactive Programming Gets Its Start With "TV POWWW"

Year: 1978

Not everyone could afford a home console back in 1978 so Florida TV syndicator Marvin Kempner came up with the idea of a segment where people could call in and play video games on the Intellivision video game console over the phone. A caller would dial-in and by using a phrase (in New York City it was "Pix") they would be able to shoot down alien spaceships or shoot basketballs into a hoop. TV POWWW was syndicated all over the United States and picked up over seas until 1982.

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