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A Background of Television

Ah, the Television! Something which, in my opinion, must be readily acknowledged as one of the best inventions that man has come up with (in addition to the computer and the internet). There is so much information that we have gained as a result of the invention of the television. We are able to receive immediate information about what’s happening thousands of miles away from us, often with live pictures, which gets us involved in learning about the country. The fashion – conscious people can get to know about the latest fashions & styles in other countries. The list is endless, but, have you ever sat down and thought about the background of television?

The first television, which was built in 1928, wasn’t anything very flashy. It consisted of a disk, light and only begged for a very considerate amount of electricity. However, the first TV didn’t come with a remote, which must make you feel very sorry for the people who had to reach over to the TV every time they wanted to change the channel or volume!

By the 1930’s, the TV incorporated more parts. A typical TV would be about 6x8 inches, and would be fitted into a big cabinet. As the late 1930s came, more and more companies started to product the TV in the USA, Europe and the Soviet Union.

However, with the advent of World War II, recreational television progress slowed down as it was being modified to suit military needs. People weren’t able to watch scenes from the warfield unlike during the Vietnam War, and the radio was much depended upon for news regarding the war.

By 1945, people were convinced that they suffered enough hardships from the war, and started purchasing TV sets. The picture quality was much better, though only available in black-and-white, and programmes other than news were gradually being produced.

Colour programmes became popular in the mid 1960s, though the ability to produce programmes in colour was available as early as the 1940s. However, this wasn’t availed of because the TVs in those days weren’t able to replicate the exact colours, which would often mean that there was always an unnatural tint.

However, the 1970s will go down in history as the period where ownership of television became widespread, with major appliance stores such as Sears stocking the produce of a variety of manufacturers. Day-time shows and ‘soap operas’ became favourites of housewives (as it is now), and there were plenty of game shows and movies, which made us aware of greats like John Waynne, Robert Young, and many others.

The advent of satellites in the 1980s further increased the quality of the pictures provided to the customers. Pay-for-view channels were made possible with the encryption of channels and transmittion only to viewers who had the decoders to view these programmes.

Now, we have the home – theatre system to imitate the sound effects of the cinema, and have crystal clear images which makes it seem as if Denzel Washington was presenting the Oscar for the best picture to the Coen brothers and Scott Rudin right in our living room, or as if we were watching Alex Rodriguez hitting a home run right in front of our own eyes.

Just spare a thought for the people who never had television to entertain themselves 24/7 or the remote to change the channel at their beck and call!


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