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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.