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B > BINATONE > TV Master MK 8 (model n° 01 / 4823)   


Binatone
TV Master MK 8 (model n° 01 / 4823)

This pong is one of the many Binatone systems. As its name indicates, it offers 8 games. In order to understand how this system fits into the Binatone pong range, here is simplified list of the systems :

TV Master MK IV
TV Master 4 plus 2
TV Master MK 6
TV Master MK 8
TV Master MK 10

Colour TV Game
Colour TV Game 4 plus 2
Colour TV Game MK 6
Colour TV Game MK 10


The first serie, TV Master systems, are all black & white pongs, whereas later Colour TV games have colour display. There do not seem to be an equivalent of the TV master MK 8 in the Colour TV Game serie (8 games); mostly because there were no pong-in-a-chip chipset offering 8 colour games available.

Game selection is made through a big rotating knob placed at the centre of the system case. The two detachable analog joysticks can be stored in slide-in compartments located on both sides of the case. The shape of this plastic case is fairly common and many pongs could be found with the same design.

This system seems to be powered by a General Instruments AY-3-8600 chipset(anyone can confirm ?).

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The system was pre 1977 I had one in 1976 which is when i believe it came out

          
Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Nick Brooke (Rugby)

Hi, I''ve jsut bought one of these on Ebay (I had one as a child) but whilst I can hear it start up and play, I can''t get anything on the tv screen - despite re-tuning the tv. Any ideas please? It should still work on a modern tv shouldn''t it? Cheers....

          
Wednesday 4th November 2015
Geoff Ingram (Banbury)

I had one of these and i remember that if you turned the dial halfway between games you could make new games based on the two games on either side, Like half football, half squash, Great fun for an 8 year old.

          
Saturday 26th January 2008
Fatboyfun (Bristol, England)

 

NAME  TV Master MK 8 (model n° 01 / 4823)
MANUFACTURER  Binatone
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  ? 1977
BUILT IN GAMES  8 games
CONTROLLERS  Two detachable paddles with analog joysticks
CPU  General Instruments AY-3-8600 ?
BUTTONS  Start, Manual serve ?
SWITCHES  playing options (bat size, ball speed, service...)
SCORE  On screen
COLORS  No
SOUND  Built-in speaker ?
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
BATTERIES  Yes (unknown spec)
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit
GUN  No
PRICE  Unknown


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