Evolution of the Television By arp0039 Period: Jan 1, 1920 to Jan 1, 2020 TV Evolution Jan 1, 1924 First Working TV In 1924 John Logie Baird invented the first working television using any material he could find. Jan 1, 1929 The Baird Televisor The Baird Televisor became the first television sold commercially in 1929. Jan 1, 1930 The Marconi 702 The Marconi 702 invented in the 1930s, was a luxury item only the rich could afford. The tv set was sold for $130. Jan 1, 1938 HMV His Master's Voice or HMV combined both radio and television together in the 1930s. Jan 1, 1946 Motorola Golden View The popularity of televisions like this Motorola Golden View boomed in the 1940s. Due to price drops, Americans were buying 100,000 TVs a week in 1949. Jan 1, 1949 General Electric 807 In the late 1940s, broadcast stations started producing shows based on their radio serials for TVs such as the General Electric 807. Jan 1, 1953 Raytheon M 1601 With more shows and technological improvements, TVs — like this Raytheon M 1601 — were more popular than ever in the 1950s. The first color television system began broadcast in 1953. Jan 1, 1960 RCA Victor TV Companies continued to invent new technology such as the electronic remote control switch for the RCA Victor TV in 1960. Jan 1, 1963 Philco Tandem Predicta Daytime television was introduced on receivers like the Philco Tandem Predicta in the 1950s and '60s. Jan 1, 1968 The Home Entertainment System The 1960s brought creative and bizarre TV designs, including the home entertainment center. Jan 1, 1970 Marconiphone monochrome receiver Though color television proved popular, price drops on black-and-white TVs like the Marconiphone monochrome receiver meant households could afford more than one set in the 1970s. Jan 1, 1976 The Sinclair Microvision The Sinclair Microvision was released in 1976, offering portable television for the first time. Jan 1, 1983 Seiko TV Watch Similar in spirit to Sinclair's pocket television, the Seiko TV Watch claimed to be the smallest TV in the world. Jan 1, 1989 Philips 21St No longer a new commodity, TVs such as the Philips 21St became a staple in most homes by the 1980s and '90s. Around 60% of households in America had cable by 1989, according to research by The Drum. Jan 1, 2000 Flat-screen TVs The first flat-screen TVs were an expense most people couldn't afford, but during the 2000s, they quickly began to replace the box television sets of old. Jan 1, 2010 3D TVs Companies like Sony tested a new dimension in the living room with the creation of its 3D TVs in the 2010s. Jan 1, 2013 4k flat screens A few short years later, 4K flat screens are obsolete with the introduction of 8K resolution.