We take a closer at the invention of tv, its fascinating history, and how it has changed our daily lives forever.
There have been many great, life-changing inventions over the years, yet in the last century, television is certainly up there amongst the most innovative and the most entertaining.
After a long and strenuous day, there’s nothing finer than getting home, getting comfortable, putting your feet up, and kicking back in front of the TV watching your favorite TV show. Wheter you are secretly binging your guilty pleasure show, relaxing with your bestie watching movies about best friends, or having the family over for Saturday sports, the box has become the centre of our modern lives. The invention of TV has certainly revolutionized the entertainment industry, but do you know when TV was invented, and whom by?
TV not only provides entertainment but it’s also steeped in history which is what we’re going to be looking at today. Below, you’ll find a series (pardon the pun) of interesting facts about television.
The Invention Of TV
The device we now know as television today was initially called ‘The Televisor’.
Though the foundations of what we now know as TV came before him, officially it was a Scot by the name of John Logie Baird who was responsible for the invention of TV.
Baird moved to England and made the first prototype of his TV from an old tea chest and hatbox. He attempted to get some publicity for his invention, yet when he approached the tabloids, they accused him of being insane as they didn’t believe such a creation was possible.
Sticking with the theme of the invention of TV, it was the head of a ventriloquist’s dummy by the name of ‘Stooky Bill’ that was the first moving image to ever be successfully transmitted onto the screen of the ‘Televisor’ on the 2nd of October, 1925.
The World’s First TV Advertisement
Nowadays, adverts on TV can be slightly annoying and often they’re things that we skip through whenever possible. Despite this, however, in terms of revenue, advertising is worth big money, so ads aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.
The world’s very first TV advertisement, however, was broadcast way back in 1941, on the 1st of July in New York. The ad in question lasted just 20 seconds and was for a Bulova Watch.
The ad aired before a baseball game held between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Price Of Adverts
As previously mentioned, TV adverts generate huge amounts of revenue for broadcasters and networks. Here in the UK, a 30-second advert can cost anything from £1000 – £2000 to £10,000 – £20,000 for peak times with popular shows. Yikes!
Back in 1941 however, the world’s first TV ad for a Bulova Watch cost just $9.
The Largest TV In The World
When the world’s first 40-inch TV screen went up for sale, this was considered a big deal but by today’s standards in terms of size, that is considered microscopic.
Today, the world’s largest TV screen for sale is from Samsung and is called ‘The Wall’. It measures a staggering 292-inches and can be found in home cinema rooms amongst the rich and famous.
First TVs For Sale
In the year of 1928, the world’s first commercial TV sets went on sale to the general public. Based upon JLB’s mechanical design, these TV sets were snapped up by the upper class and were seen as status symbols. If you owned a TV set, you were obviously wealthy and successful.