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Let’s Learn About the History of Television


Nowadays, TV is really an inseparable part of our daily routine. However, this isn’t always the case. This time, we will dive into the long history of Television to understand when TV starts riding the big wave and became a staple in every household.

It’s important to note that the history of Television is not made only by one person, but by the researches and inventions by many so it is impossible to pinpoint when, who, and where it truly begins. This time, we will highlight only the part where we think is the most important milestones.

1920 Mechanical TV

John Logie Baird modified a very primitive concept of television. It was a mechanical version that utilized a plate to display an image to the screen.

1923 Radio transmission

In 1923, Charles Jenkins developed an early version of TV called “Radiovision”. Unlike modern television that used coaxial cable, Radiovision instead used radio frequency to transmit the moving image.

1927 The first TV Tube

One key milestone in the history of Television is an invention by Philo Farnsworth. He created a camera tube that could transmit an image. This invention then became the basic foundation of television.


In 1928, television reached the United States. On the same year, John Logie Baird experimented in transmitting a television image from his studio in England to the United States.


Berlin Olympic Games was broadcasted in Berlin with 150.000 people as the viewer.


In 1941, John Logie Baird finally finished his new TV system. A 600 line coloured TV system. His concept of colored TV system is continued after his passing in 1945.


1954 marked yet another important milestone in the history of television. The first color broadcast happened in 8 July 1954.


Television entered Indonesia. These first sets of TV was brought from Soviet Union on the 200th anniversary of Yogyakarta.


The first TV broadcast station in Indonesia, TVRI, was created through a Presidential Decision on October 20.


A TV transmission picturing the moon landing was held. 600 million people tuned in for this broadcast.

1990s – 2000s

The early 1990s marked the first appearance of digital television system (DTV) in the history of television. In late 2000, the government of every country agree to end the use of analog television broadcast system.

2000s – 2010s

After the appearance of digital media, TV evolved to something called “Smart TV”, a system in which a TV is integrated with the features of web 2.0. With this new advancement, TV can now connect to the internet and stream digital contents


The history of television will continue as long as there is an advancement in technology regarding media broadcasting. Maybe in the next few years, we will have a technology where TV is integrated with Virtual Reality.

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