The television is one of the most important inventions in the history of the world. Ithas become a staple in the lives of many people and many aspects of the world’sculture are taken from TV shows. For instance, children from as far as India wouldlearn to say “Hi-yo, Silver, away!” after watching some episodes of
The Lone Ranger
. Here’s a look at the history of television.
Electromechanical television systems, better known as “televisors” were used tocapture images and then display them. The images that they captured were sent viaradio waves. Originally used from 1928 to 1939, they eventually began picking upimages that were broadcasted electronically like more modern television sets.
In 1927, Philo Farnsworth invented a special camera tube that was able toelectronically transmit signals. He gave a full-on demonstration of his all-electronicsystem at the Franklin Institute. Later, RCA decided to integrate Farnsworth’s tubeinto their TV sets. These types of sets became the “standard” in the US in 1941.
Color television didn’t fully come around until a bit later. Although there were somesuccessful early experiments with color television, the actual process of converting a2D image into a 1D radio signal was difﬁcult as the image would often be distorted.In 1941, CBS began conducting color ﬁeld tests. As these systems were notcompatible with the television sets at the time, they were halted. In 1947, RCA wasable to transmit live color images successfully to the FCC. The ﬁrst coast-to-coastcolor broadcast took place on January 1, 1954, when NBC broadcasted theTournament of Roses Parade.