Color TV Day is celebrated on June 25 every year. Watching color television is something most of us take for granted these days, but this wasn’t always the case. The first television programs we saw were in black and white, and that was the only way we could watch them. It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that color television watching became the standard in the United States. It is only fair that color televisions should be celebrated on their unique day, which is Color TV Day. This event commemorates the birth of color television and the role it has played in our culture since its inception.
History of Color TV Day
The development of fully colored television systems changed the face of television forever, and the world of television as we know it would be considerably different. Even though they were far more challenging to manufacture, numerous innovators across the globe worked hard to develop such a gadget that would allow millions of people to see wireless broadcasts that were replicated in vivid color.
Such attempts began in the experimental stage during the late 19th century. The first prototype appeared in 1928, public broadcasting in 1940, and black and white transmissions’ extinction began in the mid-70s. Following the tremendous success of black and white television broadcasting in the United States, CBS researchers, under the direction of Peter Goldmark, approved a heavy and massive mechanical television system in 1950, with the first color transmission taking place in June of the following year. Because of the expensive cost of color television sets and the limited quantity of color television material available, black and white television sets remained popular until the mid-1960s, even though many American television stations began broadcasting in color as early as 1954.
Color television quickly gained popularity in the United States and eventually expanded around the globe. While Europe awaited the solidification of American standards and a solution to their early technological challenges, they introduced the color PAL format in 1967, which was eventually adopted worldwide. It wasn’t until 1972 that sales of color television sets in the United States overtook black and white television sets for the first time.
Color TV Day timeline
Carey, a Boston civil servant, envisions television systems, submitting plans for a selenium camera that will allow people to “see by electricity.”
Braun, a German scientist, is credited with creating the cathode ray oscilloscope, which serves as a predecessor of the television image tube.
Rosing develops a practical television system that employs C.R.T. and mechanical scanning technology.
The RCA Corporation makes television history by putting their revolutionary color system on the air during an edition of NBC's “Colgate Comedy Hour.”
Color TV Day FAQs
Can I still buy a black-and-white T.V.?
It is no longer possible to buy a new black-and-white set, though many are still offered for sale on sites such as Gumtree and eBay.
Do I require a television license?
To view or record programs as they are broadcast on television and on any channel, you must have a T.V. license, according to the legislation.
What was the first color and sound movie?
Without a doubt, most movie fans are aware that Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer” was the first ‘talkie.’ The first color film, on the other hand, is a little more obscure. “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind,” both released in 1939, are the most well-known color films.
Color TV Day Activities
Spend the day watching a movie marathon or a T.V. series. Appreciate the vivid color display.
Watch some great black-and-white films
View some early black-and-white television movies. This is a great way to remember how far television has advanced.
Share on social media
Share information about the day on social media. Use the hashtag #ColorTVDay.
5 Fun Facts About The Television
The first color T.V. was expensive
The model was an RCA set with a 15-inch screen, which sold for $1 — the equivalent of $7,850 today.
The first color T.V. show
CBS produced a television show called “Premiere” in 1951 that is widely considered the first color television transmission.
The first live color T.V. broadcast
On New Year's Day 1954, the first live broadcast on national T.V. was “Living Color” — it covered the "Tournament of Roses Parade" in Pasadena, California
The production of color T.V.s was halted
The manufacture of color televisions was halted during the Korean Battle due to a scarcity of metals required for the war, which were also needed to assemble color televisions.
The first color cartoon programs
"The Flintstones" and "The Jetsons" were the first cartoon series to be screened in color in the autumn of 1962.
Why We Love Color TV Day
T.V. is a terrific way to pass the time
Nothing beats the escapism that a good T.V. show can provide. When you're irritated, upset, or in a bad mood, T.V. might offer you just the right amount of diversion to temporarily forget about your issues.
Television is a great way to learn new things in various industries. Educational presentations, creative shows, and competitive events provide a lot of knowledge about education and technology.
Whether you believe it or not, television is the one place where all the family members can sit together. It brings families together!
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