The Evolution of Television: From Simple Images to High-Definition Screens

TLDR The invention of television in the early 20th century paved the way for the development of various innovations, leading to the creation of the first true television in 1926. Over the years, television technology has advanced significantly, from the adoption of color TV in the 1950s to the introduction of high-definition screens and the possibility of 8K and 16K video formats in the future.

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00:00 The invention of television revolutionized the world, and its development involved various innovations such as the ability to send images over a telegraph line and the invention of the Nipkau disk.
02:21 The word "television" was coined in 1900 and the first working system that could transmit simple images over wires was demonstrated in 1909, but it wasn't until 1926 that a cathode ray tube was developed that could display images, leading to the creation of the first true television in 1926.
04:37 Philo Farnsworth, an American inventor, is considered the father of modern television for developing the scanning line system, which became the basis for all analog television and is still used in digital displays today.
06:51 The first TV sets were small and expensive, but after the adoption of a nationwide television standard in 1941, television exploded in popularity and by 1955, half of all American households had television sets, although they were all still black and white until the development of a compatible color TV system in 1953.
09:08 Color television was slower to be adopted by the public than black and white TV, and cable TV allowed for the creation of cable-only networks and reached 50% penetration in the United States in 1988.
11:17 The first HD systems were analog but eventually switched to digital, which allowed for compression and saved bandwidth, and the first public HD broadcast was in 1998; CRT televisions were heavy and were eventually replaced by plasma and LCD screens; 4K resolution became the new standard, and there is now talk of 8K and 16K video formats.
13:38 Television sets have significantly increased in size over the years, with 32 inches now considered small for an LCD television, and there are even 85-inch televisions on sale for $1,200 and over 300-inch televisions available for six figures.
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