A Timeline of Television &
Broadcasting Technology
1923 - Vladimir Zworykin
Demonstrated his iconoscope tube, the first practical television camera tube
1925 - Charles Jenkins
Transmitted the First Long-Distance TV Image
1927 - Philo Farnsworth
First public demonstration of an electronic television system
July 7, 1936 - David Sarnoff and RCA
First Commercial Television Broadcast (NBC)
April, 1939 - the Words Fair in New York
RCA made the first true public demonstration of television
1947 - Earl “Madman” Muntz
Created the first Affordable television.
1948 - Cable Television introduced
In 1975, HBO became the first cable TV channel to be broadcast via satellite.
1953 - Color Television Introduced
Did not become the standard until the Early 1970’s
The 1950’s
By the end of the decade, there were 559 stations and nearly 90% of U.S. households had television.
1962 - First Satellite Broadcasts
AT&T Begins broadcasting internationally.
1976 - First home recorder
Sony introduces the Betamax tape recorder
1981 - HDTV Developed by Japan
Accepted by the F.C.C. in 1996.
1994 - First Internet Broadcast
ABC World News Now is broadcast over the internet.
1998 - DVD’s Commercially available
Only 2% of homes have a dvd player.
2004 - Blu-Ray and HD DVD Introduced
Blu-ray eventually wins the market
2009 - DTV Becomes Mandatory for national networks
On June 12th, the FCC required these networks to transition to Digital ...
2012
• There are 115.9 million homes in the U.S. with at least one
TV.
• 61% of all TV sets are now HD.
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A Timeline of Television Technology

  1. 1. A Timeline of Television & Broadcasting Technology
  2. 2. 1923 - Vladimir Zworykin Demonstrated his iconoscope tube, the first practical television camera tube
  3. 3. 1925 - Charles Jenkins Transmitted the First Long-Distance TV Image
  4. 4. 1927 - Philo Farnsworth First public demonstration of an electronic television system
  5. 5. July 7, 1936 - David Sarnoff and RCA First Commercial Television Broadcast (NBC)
  6. 6. April, 1939 - the Words Fair in New York RCA made the first true public demonstration of television
  7. 7. 1947 - Earl “Madman” Muntz Created the first Affordable television.
  8. 8. 1948 - Cable Television introduced In 1975, HBO became the first cable TV channel to be broadcast via satellite.
  9. 9. 1953 - Color Television Introduced Did not become the standard until the Early 1970’s
  10. 10. The 1950’s By the end of the decade, there were 559 stations and nearly 90% of U.S. households had television.
  11. 11. 1962 - First Satellite Broadcasts AT&T Begins broadcasting internationally.
  12. 12. 1976 - First home recorder Sony introduces the Betamax tape recorder
  13. 13. 1981 - HDTV Developed by Japan Accepted by the F.C.C. in 1996.
  14. 14. 1994 - First Internet Broadcast ABC World News Now is broadcast over the internet.
  15. 15. 1998 - DVD’s Commercially available Only 2% of homes have a dvd player.
  16. 16. 2004 - Blu-Ray and HD DVD Introduced Blu-ray eventually wins the market
  17. 17. 2009 - DTV Becomes Mandatory for national networks On June 12th, the FCC required these networks to transition to Digital Broadcasts.
  18. 18. 2012 • There are 115.9 million homes in the U.S. with at least one TV. • 61% of all TV sets are now HD.

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