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TV Then and Now
The History of TV
The history of the television is rather short, in terms of evolution. The founding principles of electromagnetism and picture transmission that television was first based on did not even surface until the mid 1800’s and the word “television” was not even coined until the World’s Fair in 1900. That said, it suffices to say that television, or T.V. as contemporary culture has come to understand it, has undergone revolutionary changes in a fairly quick span of time. Though it took nearly a century to develop the format of the television, in the past few decades there have been major advances in television technology.
When televisions first became feasible to design, and began to be mass produced, they had limited capabilities. Channel reception was minimal and one had to turn a dial to “tune in”, there was no color picture, sound was at times muffled, and to top it all off, the television box itself was rather bulky. Despite those factors, people still yearned for them, and slowly but surely they became more mainstream until it was fairly commonplace for the average American home to have one. Even then it was the family television however.
As technology advanced, designers and marketers alike sought to keep improving television, and this still continues today. Now televisions come with hundreds of channels through cable and satellite providers and the click of a button on a remote control, they have crystal clear pictures through high definition and LED lights, and sound clarity has become impeccable thanks to surround sound speakers. Size is no longer an issue anymore, as televisions can be as large as the entire length of a wall like in a movie theater, or small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hand like on a handheld portable device.
Along with this improvement in design, televisions have greatly increased in terms of numbers of owners. It would be an understatement to even say that televisions have become routine in daily life. In fact, most homes have not just one television, but some even have one in each room, and they are even becoming standard in some automobile lines. They have become less of a commodity and more of a staple, as people rely on television broadcasts for important information such as news stories and weather information.
The Best TV for Me?
Thanks to the great advances in technology surrounding televisions, it has become an easier process to purchase one suitable for your needs and lifestyle. Stores like Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target, and Walmart all sell multiple brands of all shapes and sizes from the most basic to elaborate designs, and there are customer service representatives who can supply consumers with a wealth of knowledge about using the different models from top designing brands like Sony, Samsung, LG, and more. And while televisions can get expensive, especially the larger and more detailed they get, at the same time there are still many models that are priced reasonably for any budget.