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TV..The Victory

  • Black & White Television

    Black & White Television
    Americans got their first look at television at an exhibit sponsored by RCA at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. A promotional brochure described it as “Radio’s newest contribution to home entertainment.”
  • Proposal forn Colour Television

    Proposal forn Colour Television
    The first proposal for a color TV broadcast is made by George Valensi. This proposal sparked new ideas for the television industry. (Exact date unknown). (The History of Film, Television & Video).
  • Cable Television

    Cable Television
    Community Antenna Television (CATV), delivered via coaxial cable, originated in the United States in 1948 and in Canada in 1952, primarily to serve rural areas. By 1959, Canada had a cross-country network of microwave relay stations.
  • UHF = Ultra High Frequency

    UHF = Ultra High Frequency
    In 1952, the Federal Communications Commission began allowing ultra-high frequency (UHF) TV broadcasting, adding 70 new channels.
  • First Broadcast of Colour Television

    First Broadcast of Colour Television
    1954 kicked off with the first nationwide colour television broadcast in the United States: the Tournament of Roses parade.
  • Wireless Remote Created

    Wireless Remote Created
    In 1956, Zenith introduced the first practical wireless TV remote, called Space Command. Two buttons allowed viewers to turn the TV on and off, and change channels.
  • 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
  • Worldwide TV Advertising

    Worldwide TV Advertising
    By August of 1957, more countries worldwide allowed TV advertising than forbid it.
  • 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.
  • Satellite Transmission Launch

    Satellite Transmission Launch
    The first satellite transmission of a television broadcast occurred in July, 1962, after the launch of the Telstar satellite. Canada launched the geostationary satellite Anik 1 in 1972.
  • Man's First Step Broadcasted

    Man's First Step Broadcasted
    On July 20, astronaut Neil Armstrong takes mankind's first step on the moon as millions of U.S. viewers watch the historic event live on network TV.
  • The Cable-TV Converter

    The Cable-TV Converter
    It was big and clunky – but we didn’t know it then. We tripped over the wires, but we didn’t care. We pushed those buttons with abandon, able to watch all those channels available on cable without ever having to leave our chairs. Hamlin introduced its Remote Programmer in 1971, and Jerrold had its converter on the market soon after. And so the couch potato was born.
  • Pay-TV Launched

    Pay-TV Launched
    Home Box Office (HBO) became the first pay-TV network in the United States in 1972.
  • VCR Establishment

    VCR Establishment
    Two competing formats for home videotaping revolutionized the television industry in the late 1970s. The technically superior Sony Betamax eventually lost out to the less expensive (and not proprietary) VHS.
  • DVD Establishment

    DVD Establishment
    Electronics manufacturers agreed on a common format for the new high-density optical disc in September, 1995, avoiding a VCR-style format war. Available in the United States in March 1997, the DVD discs and players provided far superior picture and sound quality and more of those DVD extras.
  • HDTV Breakthrough

    HDTV Breakthrough
    Hailed as the most significant breakthrough since colour television, high-definition TV became available as a result of the global transition from analog television broadcasting to digital TV. Digital TV arrived in the United States in late 1998. The first HDTV broadcast in Canada was Super Bowl XXXIV in January, 2000.
  • TiVo, PVR, DVR Additions

    TiVo, PVR, DVR Additions
    Digital video recorders were introduced at the 1999 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), allowing viewers to simultaneously record one TV show while watching another. The TiVo became so popular, it quickly turned into a verb: “I wasn’t able to watch (insert favourite show here) last night, but I TiVo’d it.”
  • Plasma and LCD

    Plasma and LCD
    At the 1989 Winter Consumer Electronics Show, Sharp Electronics introduced a 14-inch liquid crystal display television billed as “the world's largest colour liquid crystal display.”
  • 3D TV Revoloution

    3D TV Revoloution
    Hyped at the 2010 CES, the 3D-at-home revolution fizzled when consumers failed in any great numbers to snap up the expensive units with their silly glasses and less than abundant content. Still, shipments of 3D LCD TV panels rose to 21.2 million in 2011, or 10 per cent of all LCD TV panels shipped.