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Fishcam refers to a broadcast consisting of a video camera pointed at a fish tank.

A tank filled with gold fish with a live web camera feed
Schou FishCam


Channel 31 Melbourne, Australia, 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.

Rumours have abounded amongst fans that Channel 31 has played repeats of this program while it has continued to be labelled "live".

From 4 March 2007 the broadcasting of FishCam on Channel 31 has ceased.[1]

On October 13, 2014 FishCam returned at the new time of 9 pm hosted by Luis from Lessons with Luis.[2] It ran for 11 episodes, ending on December 22, 2014, when the fish tank was broken during the final episode.[3]


When St. John's television station NTV first commenced 24-hour broadcasting in the early-1970s, one of its overnight programs was a continuous shot of a fish tank.


Between 1981 and 1985, the public Danish broadcaster Danmarks Radio (DR) aired a programme called pausefisk (pause fish) during long breaks between programming.

Hong Kong[edit]

The ATV Network in Hong Kong also aired a Fishcam programme, 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 as, if not better than, the station's normal primetime programs. The title of the show entered into popular vocabulary as one being incredibly bored.


The Norwegian public broadcaster NRK first aired a Fishcam-style programme called pausefiskene (pause-fishes) in black-and-white in 1965, converting to colour in the 1970s.


Turkish broadcaster Digiturk broadcasts live fish tanks in their music channels under the name "Aquavision".


Netscape has a web feed of their fish tank, 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.[4][5][6] The Netscape Fishcam was the 2nd live camera to start broadcasting on the Web.[7][8][9] The Netscape Fishcam went off line in the Summer of 2007[10][11][12][13] and has been moved to a new site a new tank housed in the offices of Zetta, Inc.[14] by its original creator, Lou Montulli.[15] The Fishcam easter egg was present in Mozilla Firefox until February 15, 2009 and remains in SeaMonkey.[16][17][18]

Similar events[edit]

  • Yule Log, which broadcast on WPIX on Christmas night
  • Orchestra (unofficial name), which broadcast on TV11 Thailand during downtime

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