Evolution of Television 1920-2020

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The Evolution of Television 1920-2020 #television #history #tech

In 100 years, the TV has taken many shapes and sizes. Here's the history of the television, from the 1920s to today.

The 1920s gave us the mechanical television. The first model had a small display on the right, and a huge cabinet. These first TVs were very simple, in comparison to our technology today.

They implemented peculiar shapes. Such as the octagon television.

Although the technology was impressive, the video quality was not. Facial features were not recognizable unless makeup was worn in a specific way.

In the 1930s we saw more refined televisions. With better designs and resolution.

This decade saw a giant leap in video quality. From 100 scan lines at the start of the decade to 405.

The 1940s brought us even higher resolutions. Including, the NTSC standard, of 480 lines of resolution and better audio.

In the 1940s it was difficult to produce CRT screens larger than 12 inches. So big screen TVs implemented projection techniques.

The 1950s brought us the short-lived porthole televisions. But most importantly, it brought us the NTSC color standard. But, not many color televisions were sold until the following decade.

The sales of color TVs boomed in the 60s. They were now more affordable and the colors were more vivid.

The high-end TV sets also included a new invention. The remote control.

The 1970s brought TV designs for every taste and need. There was the upgradeable television with easily accessible circuit boards. The futuristic televisions. Which implemented curvy design patterns. The colorful TVs that looked more like toys. And the portable combos. Which normally included radios and cassette decks.

The 1980s was the end of the TV as furniture era. These were replaced with color projection TVs with larger screens and minimalist cabinets. The Space Command was one of those color projection TVs.

The 1980s gave way to the first LCD TVs. They were tiny and pixelated, but it was a huge step forward. Portable CRT TVs were a lot more affordable and included additional functions.

This decade was all about Sony's Trinitron technology. As Sony's patent had run out, all competitors were free to use the technology.

TV/VCR combos became really popular in the 1990s. They included FM radio and VCR.

In the 1990s, Casio continued to improve their portable LCD TVs.

A preview of one of the biggest tech of the following decade was introduced at the end of the 1990s. The flat HDTV. Priced around $7,000.

Throughout the 2000s CRT TVs were still very popular. As they were inexpensive and could access HD channels using a converter box.

During this decade, LCD tech was finally able to compete with Plasma. Giving us LCD HDTVs. Then LED TVs arrived. Which were superior to both.

A few brands experimented with ambience lighting. To make the TVs more immersive.

Through the decade, HDTVs became pretty smart. They were able to display content from your computer. As well as connect to different services on the internet.

We started the 2010s with the best combination of tech money can buy. 4K, LED, And 3D. Which all had just been introduced.

Curved screens became the premium feature for a few years. It was meant to reduce glare and improve immersion. By taking advantage of our peripheral vision. This works well for computer monitors. But it is barely noticeable on TVs.

Something truly impressive was the introduction of wallpaper TVs. These are almost as thin as a credit card.

The latest feature is ambient mode. Which lets you match your TV to your decor. It allows you to display your TV as art, or to match your wallpaper.

2020 promises many new technologies. Such as the rollable TV. It is completely hidden when it's off and when it's on, it grows to the size of the content or application. This is great for calendar and music apps. And avoids the black bars in extra-wide movies.

The transparent glass TV is another discreet TV technology. But it will likely be used more for decoration and art, than for entertainment.

While the double sided TV will be great for gaming and for commercial applications.

Tech is changing really fast, and so are our TVs. What do you think is next, for the evolution of television?

💬 Comments on the video

i had a 90s tv when i was little, i remember touching the screen and getting a nasty electric shock every time

Author — laura


The problem with today’s TV’s is that they don’t make the sound they used to when you throw them out of a hotel room window

Author — Juho Juutilainen


My dad was a TV repair man that did house calls. He did not live long enough to see flat skinny TVs. He would just go nuts over how TVs have changed!

Author — Tracie Varble


1950s: A box
1990s:A Flatenned box
2010s: A card
2030s: Holograms
2050s: Just air

Author — Hrishita Bhattacharya


At least 1920s tv quality is still better than ufo sightings caught on tape

Author — TheRisingSun


4:17 this tv is actually pretty awesome for the 80's 😮

Author — sakilook


I remember my neighbor who was almost 70 came over to our house in the late 80s and saw our new 45 inch Magnavox and said it was the biggest TV she had ever seen.

Author — bradley mayse


6:57 tell me that does not look like the ps3 menu

Author — Meme Face


Me: I want a new televi...

My broke ass wallet: No

Author — Bardia Moradi


boy wish I could see a face of a person from 1920s when they see todays TVs....

Author — alki9969


3:42 I see the Walt Disney Pictures logo.

Author — melxoxo Davila


"In the beginning, ... " TVs had big speakers and very small screens. As TVs evolved the screens got bigger and the speakers got smaller, till the flat screen LCD TVs came along and the speakers totally disappeared for the TV units. THE END.

Author — Nick Hersheys


4:27 TVs like this was only for the super rich people at that time

Author — Dead Bødies Ønly


People in 2120 will look at our 2020 televisions like we look at television from 1920.

Author — IBradFrazer


TV in the 1920s, before Mickey Mouse was even born was designed to look like televisions less than every one of them afterwards, but it’s in a way that gives us nostalgia! 😉

Author — Kieran Stark


Technology is always like that - it never starts off well. Just like google earth is crap today - I can see 90 years from now; peole will be able to view live satellite videos of any part of the world with google earth. While we do not have the previledge of knowing about the personal lives of those who lived before us, those that live after us will know everything about us; they will watch the 2018 world cup or that presidential election somewhere. This youtube video inspires me

Author — Chris Styles


1:17 who in the world can see in a tiny circle like this

Author — Flyzo


4:17 having your tv just transform out of what looks like a table... that looks creepy

Author — Hudson Valley Trains & EAS


1920: dad smacks kid with rolled up newspaper
2020: dad smacks kid with roles up tv

Author — Autonetic Crusader


If you're from the 90s and remember having one of those devices, give me a hell yeah!!!!

Author — Joey E