History of Televison



The television and the content that it brings us continue to be two of the most impactful inventions that we have in our homes. There will always be debates on how much TV to watch, what content to watch and whether it enriches our lives or dumbs us down. However there is absolutely no doubt that without the TV the world would have been a very, very different place.

Most homes in the developed world consist of more than two TV’s per home and many houses in the third world usually own one TV per home. If that’s not the case then there are often ‘community’ TV’s where people in villages come to wind down with after a long day of work. Some other interesting facts and figures on TV’s are:

Neilsen Media Research completed a survey which revealed that an average American home watches 8 hours of TV every day.
Televisions may contain hazardous material, specifically lead which can leak into landfills and contaminate the soil.
These days kids under 6 years old spend as much time â€" if not more - watching TV as they do playing outside.
The first ad on TV lasted about 20 seconds and was for a clock made by the company Bulova.

History of Television: An article which provides information on TV experiments, Early Development, The Beginning of Commercial Television, McCarthyism, The Golden Age, Television and Politics and more.
History.com: Video’s, speeches and a photo gallery from History.com on one of the biggest inventions of the twentieth century â€" the TV.
The History of Film, Television, and Video: A timeline of the history of television and films and videos that went with it.
Television’s Early History: A look at the invention of the TV, how major historical events impacted its development and the spread of TV to the average consumer based on geographic region.
The Story of BBC Television â€" How it All Began: Linked to the actual invention of the television, the story of the British Broadcasting Corporation gives a unique insight to the history of television.
TV Facts and Figures: Lots of facts on TV plus more links to the broadcasting timeline, entertainment biographies and more.

Important Inventors in the World of TV’s
There were two schools of thought when it came to inventors for the television:

  • Those who followed Paul Nipkow’s rotating discs
  • Those who followed A.A. Campbell-Swinton and Boris Rosing’s cathode ray tubes to develop an electronic television

After some experimentation it seemed that the electronic based TV’s were superior to those of the rotating disc and became the single path on which all TV’s emerged from. Other important inventors in the history of television include:
John Logi Baird â€" Patented a technology which allowed images to be reflected light rather than silhouettes.
Charles Francis Jenkins: Invented the radiovision, a mechanical television system.
Vladamir Kosma Zworykin, Karl Braun â€" Both worked on various versions of the cathode ray tube oscilloscope (CRT) on which the picture tube in modern TV sets is based on.
Philo T. Farnsworth â€" Invented the dissector tube which is an important component of all current electronic televisions.
Louis Parker â€" Invented the modern changeable television receiver.
Marvin Middlemark â€" Invented the “V” shaped “Rabbit Ear” antennas.
Donald Blitzer, Gene Slottow, Robert Willson: All contributed to the invention of the plasma display monitor.

The History of Television: A resource which provides information on the history of color television, firsts in the area of television and inventors of television.
Idea Finder: Fascinating facts about the invention of the television by Philo T. Farnsworth.
History of Invention of Television: A brief but informative article on the history of television and its inventors.
Television Invention Timeline: A snapshot which provides a glimpse into the important people and events that went into creating the television.
PhysLink: A short article providing information on the early inventors of the television and their contributions.
Philo Taylor Farnsworth: A website dedicated to the life of the father of television.

Types of TV’s Throughout History
Though the history of the TV finds its origins in rotating discs and cathode ray tubes, today TV’s are categorized into the following types:
Direct View â€" Tube: This type of TV is based on the initial cathode ray tube TV’s.
Digital Light Processing (DLP) â€" Rather than rely on the cathode ray tube, DLP TV’s function due to a Digital Micromirror Device, a type of optical semiconductor.
Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) â€" There are many different types of LCD TV’s now available in the market and are quickly becoming the most popular choice for consumers.
Plasma Display Panels (PDP) â€" For those who are willing to spend a little extra on the latest technology, Plasma TV’s are considered the latest in TV technology.

From Bakelite to Plasma â€" TV Through the Ages: Images of the different types of TV’s throughout the ages presented by Wired.com.
Television History â€" The First 75 Years: A resource which presents the history of television in a timeline manner, starting from before 1935 all the way to 2000.
Techlor: Understanding the different types of TV’s with details on Direct-View TV’s, Rear Projection TV’s, Flat Panels and more.
Lifehacker: What’s the difference between different types of television screens and the difference they make to the daily life of a consumer.
Kids Work: The history of television, targeted at young learners.

The History of Television Broadcasting Around the World
Television broadcasting followed closely to the success of radio broadcasts. Of the countries which first adopted television, most started television broadcasting before the Second World War. However due to security reasons many networks were forced to stop their broadcasts until the war ended. After the World War II, development on television broadcasting picked up once again all over the world.
Australia: Professional television broadcasting started in Sydney, Australia in 1956.
Britain: The British Broadcasting Corporation began television broadcasting in 1936.
Germany: Before the Second World War, Germany started television broadcasting 1935.
United States: In 1946 ABC, NBC and CBS began broadcasting regularly in the US. They were preceded by the DuMont Television Network which successfully started television broadcasting earlier, but was disbanded in 1956.

The History of International Broadcasting: A short but informative paper on radio, TV and cable broadcasting around the world.
Introduction to Broadcasting History: Information on the beginnings of radio, new tricks in communication, the beginnings of television, and more.
Timeline Events in the History of Broadcasting: A summary of the first color television broadcast.


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