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  • invention of flexible photographic film

    invention of flexible photographic film
    In 1884, George Eastman invented the first flexible photographic film. Photographic film allowed multiple images to be stored onto a plastic coated strip. These images could then viewed later. The invention of the flexible photographic film can be considered the beginning of video
  • Motion picture camera

    Motion picture camera
    In the year of 1887, Thomas Edison has his kinetograph (motion picture camera) patented. In the image at left, Edison (right) is demonstrating his invention.
  • Dickson Shoots Numerous Short Motion Pictures

    Dickson Shoots Numerous Short Motion Pictures
    From 1891-1895, the company Dickson shoots numerous 15 second motion pictures using Thomas Edison's kinetograph. Even though short, these motion pictures were one of the first "videos" shot by a professional business.
  • First Public Demonstration

    First Public Demonstration
    The first public demonstration of motion pictures is displayed in France.
  • Cathode Ray

    Cathode Ray
    the development of the Cathode Ray Tube is used to produce television images, ten years after it was invented.
  • First Television broadcast

    First Television broadcast
    In 1936, the first television broadcast was made available in London. The broadcast displayed the British play, "The Man with the Flower in His Mouth". This broadcast layed the foundation of home broadcasting
  • Proposal for Color T.V.

    Proposal for Color T.V.
    The first proposal for a color TV broadcast is made by George Valensi. This proposal sparked new ideas for the television industry.
  • The Blue Network

    The Blue Network
    The Blue Network, part of NBC, became the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 1946. The Blue Network, back in the 1930's and 40's known as NBC Blue, was sold to Edward Noble. Noble was the owner of Life Savers candy at the time. He was then given the rights to change the network name to "American Broadcasting Company"
  • Increase In Viewers

    Increase In Viewers
    By year's end, the number of TV households grew to 20 million, up 33% from 1950. U.S. advertisers spent a record $288 million on TV time. From 1950-1953, television in the household sparked from 3,000,000 to 17,000,000
  • Color Broadcasting

    Color Broadcasting
    Color broadcasting officially arrives in the U.S. on Dec. 17 when FCC approves a modified version of the RCA system. The arrival of color broadcasting allowed viewers to view broadcasts in the color they are recorded in. Color broadcasting was a major advancement in the development of television
  • The Invention of the Video Recorder

    The Invention of the Video Recorder
    In 1956, the Video Recorder, along with videotape, is introducted by Ampex Corp. Video recorders allowed movies and videos to be recorded directly onto videotapes. Videotapes were mainly used for storing scientific or medical data. It then became common to store home videos or other personal videos on the videotape
  • Reports on Commericials

    Reports on Commericials
    Variety" reports in May that during a typical week, viewers encounter 420 commericials. This totals out to 5 hours and 8 minutes. Around this time, television advertising started to become more common
  • Worldwide TV Advertising

    Worldwide TV Advertising
    By August of 1957, more countries worldwide allowed TV advertising than forbid it
  • Television Legs?

    Television Legs?
    In an October report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr Meyer Naide identifies "television legs", which were blood clots that result from watching TV too long
  • Videotape and Cable

    Videotape and Cable
    In 1958, there were 525 cable TV systems serving 450,000 subscribers in the U.S. In February, CBS takes out a two page ad in "TV Guide" in which it warns the public: "Free television as we know it cannot survive alongside pay television. "Advertising Age" reported that videotape is catching on like wildfire. By October, 61 TV stations in the U.S. used tape
  • Television Campaigning

    Television Campaigning
    The first of the four "great debates" between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon is broadcasted on Sept. 26, breaking new ground in presidential campaigning
  • TV Surpasses Newspapers

    TV Surpasses Newspapers
    In 1960, TV surpasses newspapers as an information source. A November poll indicated that 36% of Americans found TV a more reliable source, compared to the 24% who favored print
  • Color TV Booms

    Color TV Booms
    color TV flourishes. NBC leads the way and begins to use the phrase "The Full Color Network
  • Manufacturing

    Around December of 1968, manufacturers produced about 11.4 million TV sets, up from the 5.7 million sets made in 1960
  • Effects on Children

    Effects on Children
    Effective January 1st, 1973, NAB and other networks agree to reduce commercial time in children's weekend fare from 16 minutes an hour to 12 minutes an hour. This "law" was placed because of the growing concern on TV's effect on children
  • The Children's Television Act

    The Children's Television Act
    n 1990, the Children's Television Act took effect, limiting the amount of commercials in children's TV programming. It also required operators to carry at some programming to meet children's educational needs
  • 98%

    By the start of 1993, 98% of U.S. households owned at least one TV set
  • Flat Screens and HDTV

    Flat Screens and HDTV
    Flat screen and HDTV sales rise in the year of 2005. These types of televisions are usually very thin, and contain high image quality. When first released, these TVs were very expensive
  • 3D Television

    3D Television
    In 2012, most TV manufactures released high definition 3D sets. In order to view television in 3D, you must wear modern LCD glasses that lets you view video in clear 3D