Broadcast television has a rich and diverse history. Inventors from Europe, England and Russia dating back to 1897 began working on what would eventually lead to the very first television broadcast in the United States in 1928.
Prior to that, the United States worked to establish programming content for the radio, but in 1928 John Baird of England beamed a television image from England to the United States. That same year, General Electric introduced a television set with a 3 in. X 4 in. screen. One of the first televisions, a Daven, sold for $75.
By 1931, there were nearly 40,000 televisions in the United States, with 9,000 of them belonging to households in the New York City. Edgar Bergen and his puppet Charlie McCarthy made their television debut on NBC in 1937 and by 1940 Bugs Bunny became the first cartoon to air.
During the next 26 years, broadcast television transformed, improved and continued to hit milestones. In 1962, the first transatlantic transmission occurred via the Telestar Satellite, making worldwide television and cable networks a reality. In 1964, color televisions began entering the U.S. market and by 1972 HBO, the first pay cable network made its debut, followed 8 years later by CNN, the first all news network.
Broadcast television and television sets continue to evolve. Consumers now have a plethora of choices on how they can view their favorite shows and how they want to view them, whether with an LED screen, like this 55″ by Sony or even something smaller like a Galaxy tablet. So next time you’re checking out your favorite shows on your favorite viewing device, remember the rich history that went in it!