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TV Fact Sheet
1941

The FCC releases the NTSC standard for black and white TV.


1943

Vladimir Zworkin developed a better camera tube called the Orthicon. The Orthicon (see photo right) had enough light sensitivity to record outdoor events at night.


1946

Peter Goldmark, working for CBS, demonstrated his color television system to the FCC. His system produced color pictures by having a red-blue-green wheel spin in front of a cathode ray tube.

This mechanical means of producing a color picture was used in 1949 to broadcast medical procedures from Pennsylvania and Atlantic City hospitals. In Atlantic City, viewers could come to the convention center to see broadcasts of operations. Reports from the time noted that the realism of seeing surgery in color caused more than a few viewers to faint.

Although Goldmark's mechanical system was eventually replaced by an electronic system he is recognized as the first to introduce a broadcasting color television system.


1948

Cable television is introduced in Pennsylvania as a means of bringing television to rural areas.

A patent was granted to Louis W. Parker for a low-cost television receiver.

One million homes in the United States have television sets.


1950

The FCC approves the first color television standard which is replaced by a second in 1953.

Vladimir Zworkin developed a better camera tube called the Vidicon.
1956

Ampex introduces the first practical videotape system of broadcast quality.


1956

Robert Adler invents the first practical remote control called the Zenith Space Commander. It was proceeded by wired remotes and units that failed in sunlight.


1960

The first split screen broadcast occurs on the Kennedy - Nixon debates.


1962

The All Channel Receiver Act requires that UHF tuners (channels 14 to 83) be included in all sets.


1962

AT&T launches Telstar, the first satellite to carry TV broadcasts - broadcasts are now internationally relayed.


1967

Most TV broadcasts are in color.




Total Televisions in American Homes:


"In 1945, there were probably fewer than 10,000 sets in the country. This figure soared to about 6 million in 1950, and to almost 60 million by 1960."

< 10,000 (1945)
6,000,000 (1950)
60,000,000 (1960)

TV Questions

Use the TV Fact Sheet to answer these questions:




  1. What year was the Black and White television standardized? _________________________________________




  1. By 1950, what invention had replaced the standard of 1941? __________________________________________




  1. What year was the remote control invented? ______________________________________________________




  1. The presidential debate between ________________________ and ________________________ revolutionized the way presidential campaigns were run in 1960.




  1. By 1967, 26 years after black and white TV became standardized, ______________________________________ were the standard among households.




  1. How did Television change American Culture?

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