Timeline of Television

  • First still picture transmitted

    First still picture transmitted
    The first still picture was transmitted through a wire. Moving images were not successfully for another 65 years.
  • First moving picture transmitted

    First moving picture transmitted
    first moving images were transmitted between Washington, DC and New York City.
  • Canada NPB was born

    Canada NPB was born
    The Canadian Broadcasting Act replaced the CRBC with a Crown Corporation, and Canada's national public broadcaster was born
  • RCA first broadcast

    RCA first broadcast
    the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) broadcast the first televised Presidential speech, delivered by F.D. Roosevelt.
  • Poor quality programs

    Television was mostly “live” as programs were broadcast as they were being performed. Programs recorded onto film were very poor quality
  • Radio station created

    Creation of the radio station Radio Saint-Boniface, in Manitoba, provided the first French language network station outside of the Province of Québec.
  • One million television sets introduced to Pennsylvania

    One million television sets introduced to Pennsylvania
    One 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 available for troops

    Radio programming made available to Canadian troops in Korea
  • Opening of Parliament

    First telecast of opening of Parliament
  • Satellite was introduced

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

    Trans-Canada and Dominion networks are consolidated.
  • Two hundred television sets in the USA

    Two hundred television sets in the USA
    200 TV sets in the U.S.
  • Possible direct delivery

    Consumers could subscribe to direct delivery of programming to their homes, instead of cable systems or conventional broadcast programming
  • One billion television sets worldwide

    Over 1 billion TV sets worldwide.
  • Approved broadcast standards for HDTV

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

    David Suzuki's The Nature of Things celebrated 40 years on CBC Television.
  • manufactured tuners capable of recieveing digital signals

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

    Radio-Canada brought together radio, television and digital platforms, keeping pace with audience desires to consume their content when and how they want.
  • Digital only

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

    Popular with Canadians
    Four million monthly visitors came to Radio-Canada.ca and CBC.ca - both sites are extremely popular with Canadians.
  • Future television

    Future television
    Televisions will become available only in large sizes, and something bigger and better will become available and satelitte television will no longer be available.
  • Children television

    Children television
    Children's television programs will become a lot different in the future.