Historical Timeline of the Television

The television we all know and love today has a sophisticated development in the past. In this article, we are going to tackle the history of television and how it paved its way to be the most crucial piece of appliance in our homes today.

  • 1880
  • Television development was quite late in the world of technology. Back then, the main purpose of the television is to be used along with telephones that even Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone) created a working photo phone this year. Also, this year, several technologies have emerged ranging from electricity, radio broadcasts, and last but not least, the television.

  • 1876
  • In this year, the cathode ray tube was born. It was the first piece of tech for the television where it uses electricity that’s forced into the vacuum tube to produce light in the front glass. The cathode ray tube was operated using mechanical structures as electricity is in its early stages at this time. An image will be transmitted into the viewer by the use of a rotating metal disk perforated with viewing holes.

  • 1926
  • The picture over remote broadcast first existed in this year where John Logie Baird and Charles Jenkins broadcasted a series of small moving black and white images using a mechanical structure. During this time, the signal only consisted of 30 lines, which is quite low compared to our TVs today.

  • 1927
  • Philo Farnsworth unveiled the first electronic system with motion camera. It can transmit a Hollywood film that had been projected in front of a TV camera. Bell Laboratories partnered with the Department of Commerce to use Farnsworth’s technology to create the very first live broadcast of a person. Both picture and sound are broadcasted by the help of radio waves.

  • 1939
  • The race was on in the technology world as Bell Laboratories competed with RCA to develop and improve the broadcasting and receiving system for commercial uses. RCA came in first as they unveiled the first major broadcasting breakthrough in the New York World’s Fair where they showcased a black and white broadcast of the President’s speech.

  • 1947
  • During the time of World War II, the development of the TV has come to a halt. But when the war ended, the demand for television has flooded the market where people are desperate to get a hands-on into one. Commercial broadcasting started in this year where channels such as NBC, CBS, and ABC are competing who will get the most viewers. All three channels have showcased shows that existed in their radio stations before, and it’s refreshing to see a visual representation of what people loved that time.

  • 1950
  • In the middle of the 1950s, almost all Americans now have a television in their homes as bigger networks are starting to show up while radio listeners are dropping in numbers. Not only the US, countries such as the UK, France, and Germany also seen a growth in television demand as well. The NTSC was born which was used in the US, Canada, and Japan. Meanwhile, Europe developed a more modern system called PAL as they have compatibility issues with NTSC in the country.

  • 1960
  • The television continued to grow where it became the number one platform for entertainment and news. John Kennedy was also elected as president primarily because of his outstanding television performance. It was indeed a pivotal year for television.

  • 1964
  • Television color was born in this year and it was a technological breakthrough that really transformed the world. This is the first time where viewers saw their favorite shows, musicals, and news broadcasts in color. Color television took the world by storm as new shows and channels are starting to emerge, making people have a wide range of options to choose from.

  • 1975
  • Cable and satellite television make their debut in this year, which enables networks to increase their reach across different countries around the world. An example is Mohammed Ali’s Thrilla, which was aired live from Manila to US audiences.

  • The 1980s
  • High definition television was created in this year where it has a total of 1125 number of lines. However, it didn’t gain too much market share because of the rise of Internet TV during the time.

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