TelevisionS Few inventions have had as mucheffect on contemporary Americansociety as televisionS Before 1947 the number of U.S. homeswith television sets could be measuredin the thousands. By the late 1990s, 98percent of U.S. homes had at least onetelevision set, and those sets were onfor an average of more than sevenhours a day
Television’s OriginBrief History:There was no single inventor of the television, there were manyinventors working on the idea of watching pictures on a screenInventors from all over the world had been working on transmittingpictures or objects onto a screen since the 1830’s, but the firstphysical television didn’t evolve until the 1900’s.
InventorsFive men became the most popular and prestigiousinventors of what we know today as television, giving thehistory of TV a rich beginningPaul NipkowJohn BairdCharles JenkinsVladimir ZworykinPhilo FarnsworthThey each contributed significantly to thedevelopment of television technology
Mechanical vs. ElectronicS At the dawn of television history there were two distinct paths oftechnology experimented with by researchers.S Early inventors attempted to either build a mechanical televisionsystem based on the technology of Paul Nipkows rotating disks; orthey attempted to build an electronic television system using acathode ray tube.S Electronic television systems worked better and eventual replacedmechanical systems.
Cable, Remote Controls, &PlasmaS Cable television, formerly known asCommunity Antenna Television or CATV, wasborn in the mountains of Pennsylvania in thelate 1940s. The first successful colortelevision system began commercialbroadcasting in 1953.S June of 1956, the TV remote controller firstentered the American home. The first TVremote control called "Lazy Bones," wasdeveloped in 1950 by Zenith ElectronicsCorporation.S The very first prototype for a plasma displaymonitor was invented in 1964.
The First TV’sS Monochrome (black & white)S Sold for about fifty-five dollars, which only people ofwealth could affordS You could only watch a play on a screen the size of adollar coin. The actors also had to take turns in front ofthe camera, because the screen was only big enough tosee one person at a time.
Popular Shows Through theDecadesS 1930s- The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, KingKong, The Three StoogesS 1940s- The Looney Tunes, PopeyeS 1950s- I Love Lucy, Today Show, Leave it to Beaver, Tom and JerryS 1960s- Days of Our Lives, Star Trek, The Brady Bunch, The TwilightZoneS 1970s- Charlie’s Angels, The Brady Bunch, BewitchedS 1980s- Dallas, 60 Minutes, The Dukes of Hazard, The Cosby ShowS 1990s- The Simpsons, Law & Order, Friends, SpongeBobSquarePants, Full House
Today’s TV’sS Color (high definition, blue ray)S Popular TV Stations (ESPN, ABC, FOX, A&E TV, CBS)S Over the Past 10 Years the Median Size of the AverageTV has increased from 34 inches to 48 inchesS Average of 3 minute long commercial breaksS Advertising revenue provides a significant portion of thefunding for most television networls
10 Most Popular TV Shows20131. Big Bang Theory2 .30 Rock3. How I Met Your Mother4. Game of Thrones5. The Walking Dead6. Breaking Bad7. Castle8. Downtown Abbey9. The Bachelor10. Homeland
ImpactS Television has changed our lives in a number of ways. It hashas some positive effects with regards to education,entertainment and providing current world events closer to thepeople.S However, there have been some negative effects that televisionhas brought. This is especially evident in the social and healthaspects. People who spend a lot of time watching TV alsobecome more accustomed to a lethargic lifestyle and interactless with people.
The Future of TelevisionS Web-Driven: Watch and record live TV over the InternetS Competition between Internet and TelevisionS Narrow down to 3 channelsS Netflix, Video on Demand – BlockBusters closed downS Will TV’s diminish?
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