Watching TV is one of life’s simple pleasures. Your favorite movie paired with your favorite snack. It’s a time-honored way to wind down at the end of the week. Having a group of friends over to watch the big game on that ultra slim TV hanging on the wall. That’s another good reason to turn on the TV. And today, with the Ultra HD TV such as our very own Samsung SUHD TV, watching movies and TV shows at home has never been this good: The Quantum dot display breathes life into what you see on the TV screen. But life wasn’t always like this. Clearly, we’ve come a long way since the days of black and white, as well as the early days of color TV.
No one can say for sure who invented the television. It was the result of the unrelenting efforts of several people spanning several decades across different continents. It is generally agreed though that the first television images were produced in the 1920s and some of the first television sets were produced in the 30s. They were hugely limited in both picture quality and in screen size, with screens no bigger than 3 cm-wide offering blurry images with reddish-orange hues. With the appearance of Ultra HD TV far off in the future, they quickly lost any popularity they’d garnered.
It was with the appearance of electronic television that TV really began to show its potential as the future mainstay of the living room. Using cathode ray tubes to display the images, the world’s first successful demonstration of the electronic television happened in 1927 by a 21-year-old Philo Taylor Farnsworth. And the first image transmitted was a simple line. When you consider the incredibly realistic images we see on Samsung’s Quantum dot displays today, the progress made over the years is undeniably impressive.
First TV Show
The TV we know today wouldn’t really exist without all those TV shows that we spend so much time watching and that continue to dominate water cooler conversations to this day. It was in 1928 that the first ever televised drama was aired on TV. And it was a pretty intense one at that. Featuring a Russian spy and a British diplomat, “The Queen’s Messenger” involved guns, daggers, poison, and blood. Clearly, this was before the days of Ultra slim TV, Ultra HD TV, Quantum dot displays, let alone regular color TV — the TV screens at the time were so small that you couldn’t really see more than a hand or face at the same time.
First Live Sporting Event
In 1936, Berlin hosted the Summer Olympics. This was to be the first ever sports event to be broadcast live on television. A total of 72 hours of live coverage was watched by athletes in the Olympic Village and by some 150, 000 people in special viewing rooms called Public Television Offices in Berlin and Potsdam. The Rome 1960 Olympic Games were the first to be broadcast live across Europe, while Tokyo 1964 reached a worldwide audience for the first time.
Efforts to produce color images using three monochrome images began almost as soon as black-and-white televisions were built. The world’s first color transmission happened just a year after the electronic TV’s first successful demonstration. Carried out by Scottish inventor John Baird, he also succeeded in making the world’s first color broadcast a decade later in 1938. Color television broadcasting didn’t truly break ground until the mid-1950s though, it took two more decades for color TV to fully reach people around the world. And even then, the sets carried considerable weight, literally. The slim TV as we know it today was yet to arrive.