Television or TV is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome (black-and-white), or in color, and in two or three dimensions and sound. It can refer to a television set, a television program (“TV show”), or the medium of television transmission. Television is a mass medium, for entertainment, education, news, and advertising.
Let’s see some amazing facts about it!
1. Television became available in crude experimental forms in the late 1920s, but these did not sell to the public.
After World War II, an improved form of black-and-white TV broadcasting became popular in the United States and Britain, and television sets became commonplace in homes, businesses, and institutions.
2. During the 1950s, television was the primary medium for influencing public opinion.
3. In the mid-1960s, color broadcasting was introduced in the US and most other developed countries.
4. The availability of storage media such as Betamax (1975), VHS tape (1976), DVDs (1997), and high-definition Blu-ray Discs (2006) enabled viewers to watch prerecorded material at home, such as movies.
5. At the end of the first decade of the 2000s, digital television transmissions greatly increased in popularity. Another development was the move from standard-definition television (SDTV) (576i, with 576 interlaced lines of resolution and 480i) to high-definition television (HDTV), which provides a resolution that is substantially higher.
6. HDTV may be transmitted in various formats: 1080p, 1080i and 720p.
7. Since 2010, with the invention of smart television, Internet television has increased the availability of television programs and movies via the Internet through streaming video services such as Netflix, iPlayer, Hulu, Roku and Chromecast.
8. The average person in the UK watches just over four hours’ television a day.
9. It has been calculated that the average American child sees about 13,000 deaths on television between the ages of five and 14.
10. In 1997, a monkey was arrested in the African state of Benin for stealing a television aerial.
11. Stephen Fry claims the UK record for saying ‘fuck’ on television most times in one live broadcast.
12. Most people dream in color, but those that grew up watching black and white television often dream in black and white.
13. British show Top Gear is the most watched television show with an estimated 350 million weekly viewers in 170 countries.
14. The first scripted inter-racial kiss on US television (Star Trek) was meant to be filmed with and without the kiss. Shatner and Nichols deliberately flubbed every take of the shot without the kiss so that they could not be used.
15. In 2004, the number of television sets in the UK overtook the number of people.
16. The first couple shown in bed together on prime time US TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
17. Until 1987, there were no television broadcasts in Iceland on Thursdays.
18. The word ‘television’ entered the language in 1907. The abbreviation TV was first used in 1948.
19. There is something called the “CSI effect”. Because of television crime dramas, jurors have unrealistic expectations of forensic science and investigation techniques.
20. Televisions sviewers in UK have to pay $230 for a “television license” every year as a tax to support the BBC – Source
21. When the US government wanted to cut Public Television funds in 1969, the relatively unknown Mister Rogers went to Washington to speak before the senate. While the budget should have been cut, after his speech the funding instead jumped from $9 to $22 million.
22. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s fast-food restaurants, appeared in over 800 commercials for the store. That’s more advertisements than anyone else in television history.
23. The iconic Wayfarer sunglasses went almost extinct in the early 1980s, until Ray-Ban signed a product placement deal incorporating them into 60 films and television shows a year.
24. Product placement is illegal on Norwegian television.
25. The television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has driven so many families into foreclosure that the show has to “downsize” their new homes.
26. The first pianist to perform a recital on television, Earl Wild, was also the first pianist to stream a performance on the internet, 60 years later.
27. During a live news broadcast in 1974, the news anchor announced “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.” then shot and killed herself live on television.