Television Facts You’ll Want to Know

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You may not remember 1928, but the folks who lived it did. They were able to view their first television. What a sight! Okay, so the picture was small, (about half the size of a business card), but folks weren’t able to get in on them, at least until 1935.

  • In 1935 the screens grew, but most folks didn’t have a set. They spent their days inside soda shops watching the “few and far between” shows that were on.
  • The first dramatic television program was shown in September of 1928 and was called “The Queen’s Messenger,” but the first newscast wasn’t on the air until April 1948, some 20 years later.
  • Color television arrived in 1957; remotes came a bit sooner and have been used ever since. When was the last time you watched a show but needed a remote? When you couldn’t find it what did you do?
  • The first TV Guide was a program guide issued June 30-July 5, 1941. Station SNBT ran one program, an amateur boxing event on June 30; July 5 culminated with the Eastern Clay Court Tennis Championships; also the only program for that day.
  • Kids didn’t see a commercial for toys until 1952. The commercial was of Mr. Potatohead using a real potato.
  • What was once a fuzzy orange blur on the screen in 1928, has become clear and crisp, and more than visual. The fairly recent switch from analog to digital broadcasting caused some initial problems; but now we can see that the picture quality as well as the sound has improved.
  • Basic cable took a back seat, Directv Packages spoiled all viewers with interactive menus, channels in HD, and the option to start programs from the beginning.
  • Flat screens are all the rage now and screen technology is moving quickly forward. Before long, we will be watching 3D movies on every television set on the planet.

What’s in our immediate future? Only time will tell, but like most advances in television technology, expect the journey to catch up with you—fast.

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