There are plenty of examples of bingo sites on the internet and bingo halls in land based venues, but bingo on TV is also a large part of this market and is often responsible for bringing in a large part of each company’s revenue. It is a popular way to play because it feels really interactive, like with television shopping channels where you can buy from real salespeople rather than just the screen of an online shop – you can watch real bingo callers and play with cards that you buy from their site, so that you are not just using your computer but also getting involved in another way as well. This will really help you to enjoy yourself more as you can just lose yourself in this great bingo atmosphere, which will allow you to stop worrying about everyday things and just have some fun instead.
One of the great examples of bingo on TV that you used to be able to find was over on ITV1, and it is called Bingo Night Live. Having launched in June 2008, this hour long show did not last long but while it was on it aired every Tuesday to Sunday, but always after midnight in the UK. They had a great presenting team, with celebrities like Melinda Messenger and well loved presenters like Michael Underwood getting involved in various roles such as game callers, statisticians, and supporting presenters who would take to players during a phone in segment. They even had Russell Grant, the renowned astronomer, do some readings before the show in order to predict which star signs would have the best chance of winning during the night! The show finished after a while, but it was a step in the right direction and it certainly brought bingo into more homes across the UK, helping more people to get introduced to the game and allowing them to experience it for themselves.
A similar thing was happening with bingo on TV in America, too, as a game show on GSN started to air in March 2008 called Bingo America. This was presented by Patrick Duffy and Crystal Wallach in the first season, and during the second season it was Richard Karn and Diane Mizota who took up the reins, all of it produced by veteran TV producer Andrew Glassman. This was interesting in the fact that they had two live contestants on the show with them who would compete to win up to $100,000 each show, and they dealt with the idea of the bingo cards for viewers at home by allowing them to print them off from the website. They could then play along with the show and win money from those cards, which meant that there were two levels to the program – it was both a game show featuring members of the public, and a bingo show that people could play along to from their homes. The play at home feature was described as “instant win sweepstakes”, since the show was pre-recorded and therefore having a traditional kind of bingo game would be unfair, particularly if someone got hold of the winning numbers somehow. Again, this show did not last long, with only two seasons in all, but it was part of a general bingo revolution which was bringing more and more people to play online and leave the stuffiness of land based bingo halls behind in order to be able to really let loose and have some fun.
Since then there have been some examples of online bingo sites launching their own versions of bingo on TV with dedicated channels, although there seems to be a lot of turbulence when it comes to gambling shows on the television and even big networks tend to open and close these shows or channels in short order, with none of them lasting long enough to get a real purchase on the market before they are replaced by something new. This does mean that you will be likely to find a chance to play along with a bingo show on a regular basis, but you just might have to adjust every now and then to having a different team and a different layout to contend with! As for the sites themselves, there are a lot of adverts that you might have seen on television for them: they generally run during daytime television and talk shows, as well as during the late evenings when you will find late night comedy or real life shows to watch, as it seems that they want to target audiences who are watching these shows. Some of them are really inventive and are designed to catch your attention with costumed characters, animations, songs and other features that reel you in and make you remember them weeks after seeing them. Some of them have even gained a kind of cult status!
The Foxy Bingo adverts certainly fall into this category. There are whole YouTube channels dedicated to charting their development, from the early days when Foxy was just a man dressed up as a fox to his present incarnation as a 3D animation who struts his stuff alongside live models and even looks the part alongside them. He sings songs as spoofs from Grease, and his catchphrase is “the one that you want”. This is a well known character, not only for the long running series of adverts but also for its involvement with The Jeremy Kyle Show, which gives him a small feature before and after every ad break in which he gives a short phrase and informs the viewer of what they are watching.
There are plenty more adverts for bingo on TV as well, with Robin Hood Bingo having quite a well known campaign featuring Robin Hood himself informing some medieval ladies about the offers that they can take advantage of, and 888 Bingo managed to get Vic Reeves in to do their adverts which really brings in some new fans to them!