Televisions have become an integral part of our daily life that we don’t even know about. But today on “World Television Day” we are going to tell you about the entire journey of televisions from B&W to foldable panels. It was not at all sharp, detailed, and colorful from the beginning. In the initial days, there were very few channels whereas now we have one channel in different languages along the facility to install apps and connect the television with the internet. It is like software and hardware getting together.
Let’s go back in time and have a look at how televisions got evolved and became smart television in today’s time.
Televisions in the Early Stages (1800-1926)
In the 1800s, televisions were operated mechanically, they scanned images and then mechanically transmitted on a proper screen. Because this process uses of these tv’s were very limited.
These TVs used some kind of rotating disks inside them as transmitters and receivers. For transmitting the images, a camera was used by putting it into a dark room and throwing very bright light rays on the disk. The setup was tough to set-up and required a lot of money too.
Electronics Televisions (1927)
Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented electronic television in 1927, he was 21-year-old at that time. His vision was that he wanted to create something that can capture moving graphics, convert them into codes, then play those graphics in radio waves.
His invention made people realize that television can be much more than a mechanically operated device. The first tv with remote control was launched in the market in 1950. It was connected to tv with the help of a wire.
THE first TV commercial was aired on July 1, 1941, in the United States.
Color Televisions (1954)
After using black & white TVs for decades, a color tv was finally launched in the market. In March 1954, the first color television was made by Westinghouse. Initially, only 600 units were available at a price of Rs. 6000 at that time. After this, two American based companies launched their colored tv’s RCA and General Electronics at a price of around Rs. 5000.
Televisions in India
India got its first-ever television from an engineering student, named B. Sivakumaran. He displayed his tv at an exhibition in Chennai. The first family to own a tv was a very rich family from Kolkata.
The first channel, history was made by Doordarshan in 1959. Initially, the channel was known as Television India and renamed to Doordarshan in 1975. The company started with daily broadcasting in 1965. It gained popularity after series like Ramayana and Mahabharata were aired in 1986.
Televisions are growing every day. We have seen fantastic changes and upgrades that we didn’t even imagine that we could ever need this feature on a TV.
With more and more manufacturers and the latest technology advancements, companies were able to fit slim panels on the flat-screen surface known as Plasma Tv.