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


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. For more information please see the Fishcam section on the Channel 31 Melbourne article.

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 2 September 2014, it was announced that "Fishcam" would be returning to Channel 31 in October 2014. [2]


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.

Hong Kong[edit]

The ATV 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 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.


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


Netscape 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. The Netscape Fishcam was the 2nd live camera to start broadcasting on the Web. The Netscape Fishcam went off line in the Summer of 2007 and has been moved to a new site by its original creator, Lou Montulli.

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