TV History: Major Events of TV Advancement

Those born in the 21st century have the disadvantage of not experiencing the beautiful nostalgia of early day television sets. Intertwined is the advantage of dealing only with contemporary technology with flat, wide, and/or curved screens and resolutions ranging anywhere between 720p to 3840p. Not only today’s teenagers, even adults have lost almost all notions and thoughts of CRT displays due to the rapidly advancing technological realm.

In today’s article, we fold our sleeves and unravel the tangles of history by taking a look at some key events the TV industry faced ever since its inception.

• First all-electronic TV

Philo Taylor Fransworth, the pioneer of electronic television, on August 25, 1934, demonstrated his first all-electronic imaging system, with no mechanical parts in either the camera or the receiver. The scanning method in both the pickup and the receiver of his system employed electronic approach.

• RCA presents its TV model

In the 1939 New York World’s Fair, RCA showcased the first black and white all electronic TV set and also started selling it commercially for around $600 (that amounts to approximately a 1000$ today).

• TV production stopped due to WW II

The production of TV was severely hit when the navy decided to stop it to save resources for the war.

• First colour TV, 1954

RCA introduced an all electronic colour television for commercial purposes that had a 11.5 viewable picture display and was sold for $1,000 ( a low end automobile then cost $2,000. And a thousand dollars of ’54 equal about 10,000$ today.)

•Colour TV transition

It was announced in 1965 that half of all network prime time would be broadcast in colour the coming fall and that was when colour TVs started gaining market share and the sales started picking up momentum.

• 1972

This was the year of the first all colour season and was the first time when sales of colour TVs surpassed the sales of black and white ones. Eight years later, in 1980, the transition towards a coloured era became complete when almost all channels and broadcasts gave up black and white transmission.

In the 1990s, digital television became a possibility and the transitions towards it begin in late 2000s. By 2010, all government shifted to completely digital television.

Even those digital TVs are simply the basis now. Recent advancements in the industry have now made 4k, 3D, and smart TVs a possibility and development is still going on. Theatres today are adopting even more dimensions and virtual and augmented realities are coming into picture. At the pace development is going on, the future is bright indeed.

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