Whether or not you think we watch too much TV these days, it’s hard to argue that it has not had a beneficial effect since 1926. From allowing national leaders to address the public in times of emergency to educating and entertaining the masses, John Logie Baird’s invention has done much good over the last 87 years. Check out some of the telly’s milestones now.
American inventor Philo Farnsworth makes the first all-electronic TV that is commercially viable, receiving a patent for his device in 1930.
RCA starts the era of mass-produced TVs with the release of the RCA 630TS in 1946. By 1950 the number of TVs has climbed to the millions.
Introducing colour, the Westinghouse H840CK15 goes on sale for $1,295. With only 500 built, it will be 15 years before colour TV goes mainstream.
The first LCD TV to be sold commercially is the TV-10, which while only offering standard low resolutions kick-starts the flat-panel TV market.
The first LED TV — a flat-panel screen that uses LEDs to illuminate the LCD panel instead of cathode lighting tubes — is produced by Sony.