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The Invention of Television

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Remote Control

Man's Best Friend, The Remote Control

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1831-1900 1901-1927 1928-1950 1951-present

 

1956

Ampex introduces the first practical videotape system of broadcast quality.

1956

Robert Adler invents the first practical remote control called the Zenith Space Commander. It was proceeded by wired remotes and units that failed in sunlight.

1960

The first split screen broadcast occurs on the Kennedy - Nixon debates.

1962

The All Channel Receiver Act requires that UHF tuners (channels 14 to 83) be included in all sets.

1962

AT&T launches Telstar, the first satellite to carry TV broadcasts - broadcasts are now internationally relayed.

1967

Most TV broadcasts are in color.

1969

July 20, first TV transmission from the moon and 600 million people watch.

1972

Half the TVs in homes are color sets.

1973

Giant screen projection TV is first marketed.

1976

Sony introduces betamax, the first home video cassette recorder.

1978

PBS becomes the first station to switch to all satellite delivery of programs.

1981 1,125 Lines of Resolution

NHK demonstrates HDTV with 1,125 lines of resolution.

1982

Dolby surround sound for home sets is introduced.

1983

Direct Broadcast Satellite begins service in Indianapolis, In.

1984

Stereo TV broadcasts approved.

1986

Super VHS introduced.

1993

Closed captioning required on all sets.

1996

The FCC approves ATSC's HDTV standard.

A billion TV sets world-wide.

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