Television Broadcasting By Aiden crowland

Did you know that television was first called “ Radio with Pictures?”


Did you know in an average American house there are more television sets that people. Wow, that's like saying there are more toys then kids, or more food than people. Anyway, I’m here to talk about Philo Farnsworth, tv's bad beginning, and how tv has grown, not everyday household items.

Did you know that television was first called “ Radio with Pictures?”

Philo Farnsworth

Philo T. Farnsworth, The Inventor Of Television

On August 19, 1906 Philo Farnsworth, the most important man in the history of television was born. Philo spent some of his childhood in a log cabin in Utah. As a boy Philo was interested in mechanics, and he loved studying them. Because he loved mechanics his heroes were the people who invented the crank phone, and phonograph. A phonograph is an old record player. As Philo grew older he moved to Idaho with his passions following him and moved into to his first house with electricity. When he was exploring the attic of his new house he found some magazines, there was one in particular that he liked and it mentioned the not yet invented television. He found a new passion of inventing, as well as drawing mechanics. When he was 13, a young age for a great inventor Philo made a lock for cars so they were harder to steal. He entered that lock in a contest and won! Once his generator kept braking down, and after a while of studying the repairman he learned how to fix it himself. When he was in high school his dad died, so he dropped out and started fixing radios. One day when he was plowing a field it hit him, he knew how he was going to make tv! He would first break down images, and then transmit them as electrons so they would appear on the screen. Philo Farnsworth also got a girlfriend,and she was encouraging. She liked his idea. He went through a lot of investors, but he did he made a working model of tv! He now had a wife. Now Philo had together when tv was first shown to the public in 1927. Sadly Philo Farnsworth died at the age of 64 on March 11, 1971, but Philo Farnsworth, a man in the television hall of fame has left his impact on the history of television.

Television's Bad Beginning

In 1948 less than 2% of Americans had televisions, and ratings were down. But tv was financed by advertising dollars. That means commercial companies would pay tv to be on it. In other words there would be way too many commercials. Also from 8-11 pm or “ Prime Time” there were not many shows on. That might because every movie was terrible because it was filmed easily and inexpensively. To try and get a few hits popular radio shows were filmed, but that didn’t work either. Now those shows would get worse ratings, they went down in the hall of fails. Television got of to a slow start, but that was about to change.

How Television Has Grown

Tv really has come along way, and commercials were invented. That probably didn’t help. That could be a reason why sales were down, but they came back up. More people started watching, and Hitler announcing the opening ceremony in the 1936 Berlin olympics was the most popular broadcast of the era. Later during the 60s television had yet another leap, and color tv and remotes were invented. Most people had neither, but tv sales were up, and prices were better. now Black and white 21” tvs were now $200, and 21” color tvs were now $500. Now a color tv cost as much as the old black and white 12” at $500. Today we have much more than that, smart tvs, and apps like Hulu and Netflix have been introduced. Many households have apps, so they can get many different shows to stream at anytime. A big advantage over Cable or dish, which used to be more popular. More and more tv inventions are becoming popular, and there are more ideas for televisions being thought up by the minute. Today there are an average of 2.71 televisions per American house. Television has come a long way.

Television: From The Start To Now


Television has had its ups and downs, but remember “if it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.


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