Rise of the Tv

By: Brandon Camper and Grant Brewer

Who Invented the First Television ?

While there are stories of a man named Philo T. Farnsworth being the first to create the television set, the real history behind the TV is still very blurry. The actual inventors of the first television set didn't want to say that one individual created this amazing invention so they left it blank as to who it was that actually invented it.


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The First Television Set

In 1928 General Electric launched a line of TV sets, the televisions that they were producing were fairly small with a 3-inch by 4-inch screen. These products were in high demand yet they were being sold for as little as $55 to $75. Selling the TV sets was easy, the hard part was commercialization the product. Commercialization didn't come around until the closing years of the 1930's and by that time other companies had already began producing their own line of television sets.
The Impact of the Decade
In the 1950s the television was very exciting news way for news and entertainment. Before the T.V. families would sit around radios and listen to news but, in 1952 television was able to broadcast the news. They broadcasted the Republican and Democratic conventions live from Philadelphia to the rest of the country. The T.V. made one of its biggest impacts in politics. People in rural areas could now watch the debate and have a better understanding of who they where voting for. The biggest impact was that it changed the way people saw entertainment forever.

Connections to Today and Solutions for the Furture

The invention of the TV in the late 1920's plays a huge roll in today's society. Today people can use their TV's for a variety of things like watching the news to know the weather or current events that are going on around the world and most importantly for entertainment. During the time that the TV was invented, many of the genres that today's audiences are familiar with were developed – westerns, kids' shows, situation comedies, sketch comedies, game shows, dramas, news and sports programming. The TV has come a long way since it was first invented, it started out as a 3-inch by 4-inch screen, now we have 80 inch screens that curved and are 3D. If that's how far we have come in the past years then I cant wait to see what the future holds.

Philo Farnsworth

Philo Farnsworth was not the actual inventor of the television set, but he did make many contributions that were crucial in making the first TV. Farnsworth started creating prototypes for the television when he was studying at Brigham Young University. He was not able to create a fully working TV set until he was out of the university and he was able to get the help of other inventors.


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