How TVs have rapidly changed over time

Looking back, it’s difficult for many of us to remember a time when TVs were big cumbersome boxes squeezed awkwardly into the corner of our front rooms.

Now, they are sleek, stylish and slim, fitting seamlessly onto the wall or perched delicately on an accompanying stand.

But how did we get to where we are now? How quickly has technology moved in the past few decades?

From the black and white tube to the Ultra HD TVs we are now so accustomed to, let’s look at how the blinking box has evolved over time.


1930s through to1950s

This is when the television really started to become a commercial reality. Starting with advances in technology recorded as early as the 1880s, the television, as we know it today, really began coming to life in the 1930s.

John Logie Baird’s innovations, which followed on from a number of other scientist and inventors experiments, helped to create the first TV broadcast in 1932, before the BBC made the first high-quality (for the time) broadcast in 1936.

With the Second World War halting broadcasts and progress with the technology, TV returned in 1946 with hopes to transmit signals that could be accessed for people all over the UK.

Soon, large boxes with tiny black and wide screens would begin filtering into peoples homes and becoming a staple of family-time, entertainment, news and education.


1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s

With transmitters fitted across the UK, almost all regions in the country could access television services.

In 1952, sales of television sets shot up dramatically in anticipation of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It is said that 7.8 million people watched it in their own homes, with a further 10.4 million crowding around the tiny flickering box in other people’s front rooms.

It announced the true arrival of television, and work began to improve the technology of the services on offer.

Eventually the screens started to get bigger and colour televisions become popular in the 1960s. The sets although still cumbersome presented much larger pictures.

Of course, television would become popular and the UK would welcome more channels. ITV launched in 1955 and BBC2 arrived in 1964.

We’d have to wait until the 1980s until digital transmissions began, with Sky1 launching in 1982.

1990s to today

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At the start of 2000, though, we were still watching the cathode ray tube TVs which had been around for decades. However, as the screens got bigger, more and more homes had a rear projection model. They had been around since the 70s, but gained popularity in the early noughties.

Since then we’ve had Digital Light Processing (DLP) models, Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), Plasma Display Panel (PDP), Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), and Light Emitting Diode Backlight (LED) TVs. And, they’ve all started to get much slimmer! It has sure been a rapid rise in the past decade.

We know have TVs that can connect to the Internet, and ones that are upwards of 60-inches wide. We can watch programmes in 3D and experience high-quality high definition images the likes of which we never thought possible.

Expect us to be glued to our screens for another few decades yet!

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