Electrophone (information system)
The name Electrophone was used for a telephone-distributed audio system which operated in the United Kingdom between 1895 and 1926, relaying live theatre and music hall shows and, on Sundays, live sermons from churches via special headsets connected to conventional phone lines. This was similar to the French Theatrophone system and the Hungarian Telefon Hírmondó which carried news, entertainment and fiction readings. These hard-wired systems can be seen as important forerunners of radio broadcasting, and are the reason radio in the U.K. was for many years called "the wireless".
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