1956Ampex introduces the first practical videotape system of broadcast quality.
1956Robert Adler invents the first practical remote control called the Zenith Space Commander. It was proceeded by wired remotes and units that failed in sunlight.
1960The first split screen broadcast occurs on the Kennedy - Nixon debates.
1962The All Channel Receiver Act requires that UHF tuners (channels 14 to 83) be included in all sets.
1962AT&T launches Telstar, the first satellite to carry TV broadcasts - broadcasts are now internationally relayed.
1967Most TV broadcasts are in color.
1969July 20, first TV transmission from the moon and 600 million people watch.
1972Half the TVs in homes are color sets.
1973Giant screen projection TV is first marketed.
1976Sony introduces betamax, the first home video cassette recorder.
1978PBS becomes the first station to switch to all satellite delivery of programs.
1981 1,125 Lines of ResolutionNHK demonstrates HDTV with 1,125 lines of resolution.
1982Dolby surround sound for home sets is introduced.
1983Direct Broadcast Satellite begins service in Indianapolis, In.
1984Stereo TV broadcasts approved.
1986Super VHS introduced.
1993Closed captioning required on all sets.
1996The FCC approves ATSC's HDTV standard.
A billion TV sets world-wide.