A Brief History of Television

For more than 80 years, television has been a source of news and entertainment. In the heydays of television, it was more a novelty than something everyone enjoyed. It was common practice for neighbours to get together, and commune around a single locally-owned television for an hour or two of programming.

As time progressed, so did the television’s design and the programming offered. More programming was introduced in the 1950s, and soon more homes would grow to include televisions. By 1969, televisions were commonplace in households. Perhaps, this is due to the moon landing, which fascinated viewers and began a sort of television revolution. Everyone wanted one, and soon everyone would have one.

TV Has Come a Long Way in the Last 20 Years

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Despite the significant changes between the 1930s and now, there’s never been a period of time more significantly changed in regards to television than the last twenty years. In 1994, the first patent for a connected TV was filed in France. Soon after, DirecTV became the first satellite TV system. It was popular back then, and remains popular today due to its technical achievements, including The Genie, which is the most advanced HD DVR.

People in the 20th century seem driven by a need for advanced features, and Direct TV features have continued to evolve throughout two decades. As the original satellite television provider, the company has certainly etched out a significant place in the history of cable viewing.

Between 1994 and 1999, streaming video, plasma televisions, and DVRs were introduced. The late 1990s provided a sort of television renaissance, and the desire for high-quality programing hasn’t slowed. As Videology’s CEO Scott Ferber puts it, “When it comes to TV, the only constant is change.” It’s the mark of a quality company to meet the demands of consumers with evolved products and offerings.

Television Has Changed a Lot in the Last 10 Years

According to an infographic published on Mashable, the last ten years have arguably been the most significant in television’s history. It’s difficult to imagine, but 10-years ago people were still watching their programming on Cathode-Ray Tube (CRT) televisions.

“First introduced in 1922, these thick, heavy glass-screen TVs have been in decline since 2000. Sales of high-end CRTs ceased in 2007, and the smaller, cheaper DVD combo units didn’t last much longer.”

To most people, CRTs look more like relics than the standard for television they were just a few years ago. It’s strange how quickly the television evolved; especially considering how long CRTs were the standard. Today’s television look a lot different, and feature flat-panel displays, and come with high-definition viewing standards, such as LEDs, LCDs, and even 3D technology.

Moreover, in the last decade the world has been introduced to all new methods for programming. DVRs have seen amazing upgrades, but none so much as the upgrades applied to DirecTV’s advanced new DRV system, The Genie. It’s capable of replaying programming from the last 72 hours (even if you didn’t record it or tuned in late). It also allows you to record up to five shows simultaneously. It’s a real technological marvel, and currently one-of-a-kind.

Television may be an old invention, but it’s one that continues to evolve with the times. It’s seen more upgrades than practically any other invention, and it continues to be an integral part of our homes. According to Nielson Media Research, there are now more televisions in the average American home than there are people in the home!

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