TV Timeline

  • The First TV

    The First TV
    The first "television" was seen at the 1900 World Fair in Paris.
  • The moving picture is developed

    The moving picture is developed
    A scientist from Scotland, named John Baird, developed a way to capture objects in motion. It was called the moving picture, and paved the way for movies and TV shows.
  • Picture and Voice

    Picture and Voice
    Bell Laboratories and the Department of Commerce held the 1st long-distance transmission of a live picture and voice simultaneously.
  • The First TV Station

    The First TV Station
    The first station was named W3XK and was owned by Charles Jenkins.
  • The First Major TV Network

    The First Major TV Network
    CBS was the first major TV network
  • Another World Fair

    Another World Fair
    TV's were tested at the World Fair to market to the public. One of the first TV brands was RCA.
  • Color TV

    Color TV
    After many years in development color TV was finally released to the public in 19050.
  • I Love Lucy

    I Love Lucy
    I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons. And is an icon of television in in the 1950s.
  • UHF

    The Federal Communications Commission began allowing ultra-high frequency (UHF) TV broadcasting, adding 70 new channels.
  • Wireless Remotes

    Wireless Remotes
    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 Andy Griffith Show

    The Andy Griffith Show
    The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one. It has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-bes show in American television history. And is an icon of television in the 1960s.
  • Satellite Transmission

    Satellite Transmission
    The first satellite transmission of a televion broadcast occurred after the launch of the Telstar satellite.
  • TV Surpasses Newspapers

    TV Surpasses Newspapers
    TV surpasses newspapers as an information source for the first a time. A November Roper poll indicated that 36% of Americans found TV a more reliable source, compared with the 24% who favored print.
  • Cifarette Comercials

    Cifarette Comercials
    Debate over the airing of cigarette commercials heat up after the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report finding somking a health hazard.
  • TV on the Moon!

    TV on the Moon!
    Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and the whole world saw it on their television sets.
  • Public Broadcasting Service Begins

    Public Broadcasting Service Begins
    In November it launches "Sesame Street," one of the most influential achievements in children's TV.
  • Happy Days

    Happy Days
    Happy Days was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1970s. And is an icon of television in the 1970s.
  • Pay-TV

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

    Two competing formats for home videotaping revolutionized the TV industry. The technically superior Sony Betamax eventually lost to the less expensive VHS.
  • MTV

    MTV: Music Television makes its debue in August
  • The Cosby Show

    The Cosby Show
    According to TV Guide, the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the stcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes." And is an icon of television in the 1980s.
  • Home Shopping Network

    Home Shopping Network
    In 1982 the Home Shopping Network is launched.
  • Friends

    The series finale was watched by around 52.5 mission American viewers, making it the fourth most watched series finale in television history and the most watched episode of the decade. It became one of the most popular sitcoms of all time and is an icon of television in the 1990s.
  • TV in the Household

    TV in the Household
    By the start of the year, 98% of U.S. households owned at least one TV set, and 64% had two or more sets.
  • The Winter Olympics

    The Winter Olympics
    The Winter Olympics became the most watched event in TV history with 204 million U.S. viewers, watching at least some of CBS's coverage.
  • DVD

    Electronics manufacturers agreed on a common format for the new high-density optical disc, avoiding a VCR-style format war. The DVD discs and players provided far superior picture and sound quality.
  • The Flat Screen Takes Over

    The Flat Screen Takes Over
    Developers at Panasonic developed and released the flat screen TV and it quickly took over the TV market.
  • Netflix

    Netflix was founded in 1997 in Scotts Valley, California by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings.
  • HDTV

    One of the most significant breakthroughs since color television, high-definition TV became available as a result of the global transition from analog television broadcasting to digital TV.
  • 3D TV

    3D TV
    Hyped at the 2010 CES, the 3D-at-home revolution fizzled when consumers failed to but the expensice units with their silly glass and limited content.