Television History Timeline

By wily
  • The first "television"

    a still picture was transmitted through a wire.
    Moving images were not successfully sent for another 65 years!
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    Television History Timeline

  • The 1st moving images

    1st moving images were transmitted between Washington, DC and New York City.
  • In Canada

    •July 1 - first national broadcast covering the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.
    •New transmitters installed in Montréal and Toronto.
    •National radio coverage increased to 76 per cent of the population from 49 per cent.
  • In U.S

    200 TV sets in the U.S.
  • The CRBC

    •The Canadian Broadcasting Act replaced the CRBC with a Crown Corporation, and Canada's national public broadcaster was born.
  • About CBC

    •CBC began"farm broadcasts".
    •CBC/Radio-Canada provided full coverage of the six-week visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
    •In March, CBF launched the soap opera Un homme et son péché based upon the popular Claude-Henri Grignon novel. The soap opera ran for 22 years.
    •Regular broadcasting began of the Montréal Canadians' hockey games from the Montréal Forum.
    •With the declaration of World War II, CBC/Radio-Canada sent a team of announcers and technicians to accompany the Canad
  • In U.S

    the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) broadcast the first televised Presidential speech, delivered by F.D. Roosevelt.
  • The "cable TV"

    1 million TV sets in the U.S. and Community Antenna Television was introduced in mountainous rural areas of Pennsylvania. This became what we now know as cable TV. Television was mostly “live” as programs were broadcast as they were being performed. Programs recorded onto film were very poor quality.
  • National broadcaster

    •In Canada, the national public broadcaster acquired the facilities and staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, as the province joined Confederation.
  • The first private TV station

    •The first private television station, also the first CBC Television affiliate, opened in Sudbury, Ontario.
  • Jan Fairfax

    Joan Fairfax, Denny Vaughan on The Denny Vaughan Show.
  • Satellite broadcasting

    Satellite broadcasting
    Satellite broadcasting was introduced and made it possible to send and receive television signals anywhere in the world.
  • Moon landing

    Moon landing
    Satellite broadcasting allowed people around the world to watch the images transmitted from the moon landing
  • Home videotape recording

    Home videotape recording
    A practical videotape recording system for home use became available.
  • Satellite consumers

    Satellite consumers
    1983 – Consumers could subscribe to direct delivery of programming to their homes, instead of cable systems or conventional broadcast programming.
  • TV became popular

    TV became popular
    Over 1 billion TV sets worldwide.
  • The HDTV

    The HDTV
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the broadcast standards for high-definition television (HDTV).
  • FCC

    The FCC mandated that TV manufacturers must equip all new TVs with tuners capable of receiving digital signals by 2007.
  • FCC

    The FCC mandates no more broadcasting by antennae, only by digital. The transmission frequencies are sold to improve wireless internet capabilities for handheld devices.
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  • 2017

    The television in that time will be mostly the same as the one we currently having. The only case that may be different will be you buy a new TV to replace the old one in you house.
  • 2021

    Will they watch the same things you did?
    Technology is developing in a speed that you can’t imagine. After 10 years, we may be lucky enough to see some big changes in how the “TV” looks, how it works and how we use it. There may be a brand new kind of television comes out and everybody is using it. However, in my opinion those classic cultural-products shall never be forgotten. Our next generation will watch the new cartoons as well as the old ones.
  • 2037

    I have to say that this will be the area that none can predict. As I said the technology is exploding, 30 years is long enough for a technology revolution. TV may still be a part of most people’s life, it can be replaced by other forms of media device, or it can become a synthesized device (Ex: iPhone, you can use it as mp4, camera, dictionary, etc. )