The TV set has been around for a long time and has become quite a fixed element in our daily lives. It’s where we get updated on world news, students learn about history, science, math, and it’s one of the most loved pastimes for decades.
Today, while almost every household features a widescreen, flatscreen TV that can be connected to the internet, host games and play movies, there was a time when the television we all love looked like a big, bulky block. Let’s take a look about other fun facts and trivia about the television through the years:
- The first TV sets have limited picture capabilities with just 200 to 400 lines of resolution as compared to the 1080p HD display we have today.
- TV boomed in popularity just after the end of World War II when over a million homes in America had TV sets.
- TV sets were first manufactured and went on sale in the 1920s.
- The first TV remote control was used in 1950 and was connected to the TV set by a wire.
- TV sets had no wireless remote controls until 1955.
- In 1900, Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi coined the world “Television” which literally means viewing from a distance.
- Television expanded in the 1960s – In 1962, the first TV satellite was launched. In 1969, more than 600 million viewers watched moon landings in real time in the comfort of their own homes.
- While HD television standards were only endorsed in 1996, many inventors were already beginning to create their own HD TV sets even before that.
- The first TV commercial was aired in 1941.
- In 1972, sales of color TVs overtook black and white sets for the first time.
- The first TV sets used cathode ray tubes which were eventually replaced by slimmer screens which made use of liquid crystal display.