People Walked Really Fast in Those Days
Did anyone ever believe that a small box in the corner of the room that beamed images from around the world directly into our homes would ever get to the stage we are at today? The first proposal of the idea came as early as 1908 – that’s six years before the outbreak of the First World War – and over the following few years, several crude systems were designed that permitted some very basic images to be broadcast from source to box. At this point though, moving images did not seem possible.
It was John Logie Baird, considered the inventor of moving image television that gave the first practical demonstration of moving silhouettes in March 1925. The broadcast of live images would not occur until October in that year and it was Baird again. However it was not a true moving image but a frame rate of stills broadcast at such a rate to give the illusion of movement. Finally, in January 1926 Baird successfully achieved what we might today recognise as the first television images broadcast as a live moving picture. The next couple of years would see the technology advance and his company broadcast live images over hundreds of miles between London and Glasgow and then eventually between London and New York.
Let’s Talk About Colour Prejudice
Though colour television was available as early as 1950, due to most transmissions being in black and white at that point, it would take until the 1960s for colour sets and broadcasts to become popular enough in North America and in Europe for it to become standard. Until this point, there had been concerns about use of bandwidth on the airwaves – with colour transmissions using up to four times that of the monochrome transmissions.
Development of colour in Europe came later than in North America due to legal wrangling and squabbling over which standards to adopt. The 525 line system used in the USA and Canada was seen as inferior and Europe eventually opted for a 625 line system – arguing the picture quality was better. There was also a slowness of uptake due to the fact that most of the biggest broadcast stations were state owned or administered. By 1967, most of Europe had adopted colour standards through the German-developed PAL system with mass uptake by consumers coming in the early 1970s.
I’m Feeling Lonely up Here
Over the last ten to fifteen years, many people have had their television aerials removed as they opted for satellite and cable services in their countries; this means that aerials that had become so common on our homes are a dwindling phenomenon, especially in newer homes where they may not have been fitted as standard. However, with the age of Digital Television upon us, many have reconsidered this and are having them reinstalled. In some cases, old and worn aerials are being replaced for new systems that work better with the new technology.
TV Aerial Installers are available all over the UK to help upgrade or install a new service so you can make the most of the advances in television technology over the coming years. You are not limited to satellite or cable and Freeview (which is now available internally with most modern televisions) is a much cheaper option as you pay an outlay for the box with no subscription fees. If the existing signal in your home has degraded, or you were one of those who had your aerial removed because you switched to satellite, it may be worth considering having a new one installed.
Digital television is currently in an age of expansion with new services being added all the time. Who knows what the future will bring?