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Essential History Of Television: Back To The Rotating Metal Discs

Essential History Of Television: Back To The Rotating Metal Discs


Television can be found in every house around the globe. From the abode of a temporary tenet to a bungalow of a millionaire, everyone owns a television. In a way, TV has become a new thing.

But ages ago, nobody even knew what televisions were. Then, how and who invented it?

1. The first mechanical television was developed by German inventor Prussian Paul Gottlieb Nipkow in 1844. He received a patent for his machine but was never able to demonstrate his discovery.

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2. His created gizmo sent images through wires using a rotating metal disk. Nipkow called it an electric telescope.

Prussian Paul Gottlieb Nipkow

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3. Thus, it was not until 1926 that John Logie Baird gave the very first demonstration of rotating metal discs in London. His system was adopted in 1929 by the BBC.

TV screen

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4. The first televised broadcast was from Alexandra Palace using Baird’s mechanical system in 1932 by BBC.

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5. The world’s first electronic television was invented by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who is also known as the father of television.

Philo Taylor Farnsworth, Television

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6. In 1953, the first colour television was made successful by Radio Corporation of America (RCA). It began broadcasting on 17 December 1953. The hard-boiled series Dragnet was the first programme played in colour.

series Dragnet

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7. The first remote control was designed by Zenith in 1955. This remote control switches off and on and changes channels on televisions.

Zenith 1955 TV remote

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8. Television came to India in 1959 with experimental transmission from Delhi.

Antena TV

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9. On 25 April 1982, Doordarshan began the test run of India’s first colour telecast.


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10. Behind the camera, Netflix became the most expensive, costing $130 million to produce.

11. In today’s world, the average person spends around ten years of his life watching television.

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12. Prestige HD Supreme Edition $2.25m is the World’s most expensive TV.

family watching TV

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13. Samsung sells the most TVs in the world.

Samsung Television

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“Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you would not have in your home.”

– David Frost

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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