Timeline of television

  • 1862

    a still picture was transmitted through a wire.
  • 1927

    1st moving images were transmitted between Washington, DC and New York City.
  • 1936

    200 TV sets in the U.S.
  • 1936

    The Canadian Broadcasting Act replaced the CRBC with a Crown Corporation, and Canada's national public broadcaster was born.
  • 1939

    the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) broadcast the first televised Presidential speech, delivered by F.D. Roosevelt.
  • 1944

    The basic national radio network was renamed the Trans-Canada Network and the Dominion Network was also formed, linking CJBC Toronto with 34 private stations to offer an alternative lighter service.
  • 1946

    Creation of the radio station Radio Saint-Boniface, in Manitoba, provided the first French language network station outside of the Province of Québec.
  • 1948

    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.
  • 1948

    Television was mostly “live” as programs were broadcast as they were being performed. Programs recorded onto film were very poor quality.
  • 1951

    Special coverage of the four-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
  • 1962

    Satellite broadcasting was introduced and made it possible to send and receive television signals anywhere in the world.
  • 1969

    Satellite broadcasting allowed people around the world to watch the images transmitted from the moon landing
  • 1969

    Tobacco advertising was discontinued on CBC/Radio-Canada airwaves.
  • 1972

    The national public broadcaster's International Service was renamed Radio Canada International (RCI).
  • 1972

    The CRTC invited proposals for the future development of pay TV
  • 1976

    A practical videotape recording system for home use became available.
  • 1976

    A practical videotape recording system for home use became available
  • 1978

    CRTC denies pay TV applications.
  • 1979

    The start of live television coverage of House of Commons via satellite and cable TV.
  • 1982

    The opening of Cancom, a network service to provide remote communities with television services by satellite.
  • 1983

    Consumers could subscribe to direct delivery of programming to their homes, instead of cable systems or conventional broadcast programming.
  • 1987

    The CRTC licensed 10 new specialty channels: nine on basic cable at the option of cable distributors and one pay TV service.
  • 1987

    The CRTC also authorized the distribution of The Sports Network and MuchMusic on basic cable.
  • 1991

    CBC Toronto consolidated its operations into one downtown location, the new state-of-the-art Canadian Broadcasting Centre.
  • 1995

    Over 1 billion TV sets worldwide.
  • 1996

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the broadcast standards for high-definition television (HDTV).
  • 1996

    in Atlanta and 1998 in Nagano, Japan.
  • 1997

    CBC/Radio-Canada launches a new digitial audio music service, Galaxie.
  • • 1998

    The International Olympic Committee awarded Canada's national public broadcaster, in partnership with NetStar, broadcast rights for the next five Olympic Games; this was in addition to the previous two Games
  • • 1998

    The CRTC's licensing of Star Choice, opens up competition in the delivery of satellite radio and television services.
  • 1998

    For the first time in 17 years, CBC made a presentation before the CRTC on its review of television policy in Canada.
  • 2001

    Le Centre de l'information in Montréal, a state-of-the-art facility for gathering and producing news for Télévision de Radio-Canada and RDI, was opened.
  • 2002

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

    3.7 million people tuned in to CBC Television to watch the first episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie, a comedic look at a small Muslim community interacting with the other residents of a little prairie town.
  • 2007

    • 2007- As of January 1st, Sirius Canada Satellite Radio had achieved 300,000 subscribers (six of Sirius Canada's 11 Canadian channels are provided by CBC/Radio-Canada).
  • 2007

    CBC Television captured its first ever television Broadcaster of the Year Award at the prestigious New York Festivals.
  • 2009

    The FCC mandates no more broadcasting by antennae, only by digital. The transmission frequencies are sold to improve wireless internet capabilities for handheld devices.
  • 2009

    CBC Television marked two important milestones - one, the first time that a Canadian-only prime-time schedule had beaten a predominantly American prime-time schedule, and two - that CBC Television had become the second-most-watched network in Canada.
  • 2017

    TVS are the size of a wall and are combined with the internet so all your shows are watched online
  • 2021

    Children’s shows are all educational and no fun and they have to be a lot smart to control the TV’s since it’s all connected to the internet
  • 2037

    • 2037- There will be no more TV’s, just flat 100 inch by 80 inch platforms on the ground that project a hologram which you watch.