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40 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Television | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. Television sets receive and display broadcasts of moving images and also produce sound through speakers.
  2. The images on a TV screen in fact refresh fast enough to appear as smooth motion to the human eye.
  3. In fact, the first black and white static transmission was created by the German inventor Paul Nipkow’s way back in 1884.
  4. John Logie Baird made technological history when the first transmission of a moving human face was seen on television on 30th October, 1925.
  5. World’s first working television system was electromechanical.
  6. The human face that was first aired on Baird’s TV screen was his office boy, William Taynton, who the inventor paid two shillings and a six pence per week to simply sit in front of the hot TV transmitter.
  7. The first television set had only 30 lines of display giving very coarse image. Currently the digital signal of the television sends pictures with 1080 lines.
  8. Amazingly the inventor of the television would not let his own children watch TV. He once said to his son “There’s nothing on it worthwhile”.
  9. First American television station started working in 1928, and BBC transmission began in 1930.
  10. The word “television” entered the English language in 1907 coined by the Russian scientist, Constantin Perskyi. The abbreviation “TV” was first used in 1948.
  11. Cable television made debut in Canada in 1952.
  12. Worldwide 100 million television sets were sold first time in 1960.
  13. First satellite TV transmission took place between France and the US in 1962.
  14. Color television sets didn’t become widespread until the 1970’s. Sales of color TVs surpassed black-and-white sets for the first time in 1972.
  15. The first TV remote control was created in 1950 by Zenith, and was connected to a television by a wire. The 1980’s saw the arrival of remote controls.
  16. Early monitors used cathode ray tubes (CRT) which have since been replaced by thinner screens that use liquid crystal display (LCD) and plasma.
  17. Similar to radio, television broadcasts are transmitted at specific frequencies.
  18. More recently there has been a change from analog transmissions to digital. The 0’s and 1’s of a digital transmission are like the information stored in a computer, making them more reliable than traditional analog broadcasts.
  19. Television became widely popular after the end of World War II. Over 1 million American homes had television in 1948.
  20. The first television commercial for Bulova watches was broadcast on July 1, 1941 in New York before a baseball game between Philadelphia and Brooklyn. It showed watch ticking for exactly 60 seconds. The company paid only $9 for the ad. Currently prime time TV advertising cost millions.
  21. The first car commercial on television was for Chevrolet and aired on June 9, 1946.
  22. Average American family watches TV for eight hours per day.
  23. Currently there are about 300 million television sets in the United State.
  24. Way back in 1950 only 10 percent of U.S. households had a television. Percentage increased to unbelievable 90% in 1960. Now 99% of American homes own at least one television set, and 66% has at least three.
  25. In US the first colored pictures were aired for the 1954 Tournament of the Roses Parade; however, most programs were black and white until 1955. The UK aired the first color pictures on BBC2 during Wimbledon in 1967.  in color.
  26. Most people dream in color, but those that grew up watching black and white television may often dream in black and white.
  27. The Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) was launched for consumers in 1963 in the UK, allowing viewers to record their favorite TV shows for the very first time. The videos could record only up to 20 minutes of TV. It took another decade for the technology to become a global success.
  28. After President Kennedy’s death in 1963, the television networks aired four days of commercial free coverage of his funeral, burial, and other proceedings, costing them about $100 million in lost advertising revenue. About 93% of American homes watched some coverage.
  29. Product placement is illegal on Norwegian television.
  30. The television is on for an average of about 8 hours a day in U.S. homes.
  31. It has been calculated that the average American child sees about 13,000 deaths on television between the ages of five and 14.
  32. The average American child sees about 200,000 acts of violence on TV by the age of eighteen.
  33. Liquid Crystals were in fact accidentally discovered by Friedrich Reinitzer in 1888. However, it remained a scientific curiosity for about 76 years before they were used to build liquid crystal displays (LCD) in 1964.
  34. NASA has announced that they have lost all of their original tapes of Apollo 11’s TV transmission in August, 2006.
  35. The world’s largest LED display, the Fremont Street Experience, in Las Vegas is over 1,500 ft. long and 90 ft. high at the peak built in 1995.
  36. The first public digital high-definition television (HDTV or HD) broadcast was made in the United States in 1996.
  37. Television viewers in UK have to pay $225 for a “television license” every year as a tax to support the BBC.
  38. During a live news broadcast in 1974, the news anchor announced “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.” then shot and killed herself live on television.
  39. Amazingly until 1987, there were no television broadcasts in Iceland on Thursdays.
  40. The famous revolving globe that is utilized by the NBC news series spent many years turning in the wrong direction. In 1984 this was eventually found and now the globe is turning correctly.

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