Fishcam refers to a broadcast consisting of a video camera pointed at a fishtank.
Channel 31 Melbourne
, had one of the more famous and long-lasting Fishcams. The Fishcam itself was originally used as a replacement to the more common testcards
, shown when the station had nothing else to air. Due to extreme popularity though, the Fishcam became an actual scheduled show on the network. The station has also released several VHS
tapes of the program. The broadcast was accompanied by the music of unsigned Melbourne musicians. For more information please see the Fishcam section on the Channel 31 Melbourne
Rumours have abounded amongst fans that Channel 31 has played repeats of this program while it has continued to be labelled "live". Several fans have reported having seen the same fish die at least twice. Channel 31 has yet to comment on this controversy.
From 4th March 2007 the broadcasting of Fishcam on Channel 31 has ceased.
When St. John's
television station NTV
first commenced 24-hour broadcasting in the early-1970s, one of its overnight programs was a constant shot of a fish tank.
Network in Hong Kong also aired a Fishcam program, in lieu of test card
after the station signs off the air. The program's name was TeleFishion (Chinese
: 魚樂無窮). It became an unexpected hit for the station, with the program performing as well, if not better, than the station's normal primetime programs. The title of the show entered into popular vocabulary as one being incredibly bored.
Turkish broadcaster Digiturk
broadcasts live fish tanks in their music channels under the name "Aquavision".
has a web feed
of their fishtank, and for some time had an easter egg
hidden in Netscape Communicator
that would bring that page up when a user pressed CTRL + ALT + F.