In 1907, Max Dieckmann demonstrated his invention - a television receiver with a screen size of only 3x3 centimeters. And the scan rate was only 10 frames per second. The first televisions in the United States, which went on the mass market, had a screen size of 13x25 centimeters.
Regular television broadcasts in the United States began in 1939. On April 30 of that year, the audience was shown a speech by President Franklin Roosevelt. By 1950, only three countries had regular television broadcasts: the Soviet Union, the United States and Great Britain.
In 1939, the first advertisement appeared on television. During a baseball game, viewers saw a short video about the health benefits of Procter & Gamble soap. And since 1941, the era of paid advertising begins. The first video lasted only 10 seconds, the customer paid only $ 9 for it. Advertised Bulova Watch Company
By the way, one of the first commercials ended with a curiosity. A clear image of a cockroach suddenly appeared on the screen. Some TV viewers believed in the reality of what was happening so much that they smashed the TVs in an attempt to destroy the harmful insect. There were even two lawsuits against the TV company.
The first serial TV in the USSR was called KVN. Naturally, he had nothing to do with the popular TV show - the TV receiver got its name from the first letters of the names of its developers - Kenigson, Varshavsky and Nikolaevsky.
In 1969 in the USSR a portable TV set "Electronics VL-100" was produced. The country was preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of V. I. Lenin. Hence the prefix to the name "VL-100". The price of the TV was quite affordable - 140 rubles. And those who wanted to assemble a TV set themselves could buy a kind of "constructor" - a picture tube, boards, a case and other parts. The disassembled set was cheaper, only 100 rubles.
For modern TV viewers, the expression "blue screen" may seem strange. But older people remember that the screens of cathode ray TVs, when turned on, glowed blue. And only after a few seconds the image appeared.
Television tax has been in effect for UK residents since 2010. Anyone wishing to watch television must pay an annual tax of £ 145.5. There is an opportunity to save - for 49 pounds you can watch TV programs in black and white. There is a discount for those with low vision. And viewers over 75 receive a viewing license for free.
The famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg did not allow his children to watch TV for more than one hour a day, believing that it negatively affects the child's psyche. The director considers books to be the best means of obtaining information.
And Philo Taylor Farnsworth, one of the inventors of television, did not allow his children to see him at all, insisting that "there is nothing worthwhile."
According to statistics, 70 percent of Russians watch TV every day. And the Japanese are the most addicted to TV. On average, every inhabitant of this country spends 9 hours a day in front of the screen.