We take for granted watching TV with the family enjoying the bright display of colors but that has not always been the case. When Television was first introduced in 1951 there was nothing but black and white images (gray really). TV changed the future of broadcast entertainment forever.
The first commercial broadcast was a variety show, containing a number of entertainers, including Ed Sullivan. This broadcast was only available to those who owned a color-ready TV.
TV first started being experimented with in the late 19th century, but it was another 30 years before a successful television broadcast system was put together. It wasn’t until 1935, that regular black and white broadcasts were being sent out. By 1950, there were 6 million televisions in the United States. In 1965, it was announced that over half of all prime-time broadcasting would be done in color.
Technology involved big boxy TV’s that were expensive to the consumer, and it wasn’t until 1980 that the majority of available TV’s were all color-ready. Black and White had fallen into niche markets, such as security cameras, and small portable sets.
Color TV Day is the day to celebrate this wonderful technology! Today there is an amazing collection of color broadcasting, and black and white broadcasts have been transferred to nostalgia, and films that are so loved in their original format that to put them through the colorization processes would seem unnatural.
Color TV Day is best celebrated by watching some of the brightest and newest shows that demonstrate just how far we’ve come. So settle down with some popcorn and some buddies, and try to watch your way through a series of movies from different eras, taking time to note just how far color TV has come!