About TV

Never before has a product, designed for one sole purpose, been so modified and changed throughout its history. Since it was first demonstrated in Britain in the late 1920s, the television has undergone some huge and dramatic changes. Originally in black and white, with only 625 horizontal lines, with only a low quality mono sound feed, the television is now the centre of most people's living rooms. The choice of only a few channels is long gone. Nowadays, with cable and satellite channels, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of channels to choose from. Also long gone are the days of recording a programme on a VHS of Betamax tape. These days, you can choose exactly when and where to watch almost whatever you want, with the days of grainy tapes being thankfully long gone. Modern TVs have become true entertainment centres, being able to show not only broadcast material, but pre-recorded films. And with a suitable sound system, TVs can now play movies with the kind of fidelity and sound reproduction that, only a few years ago, most cinemas would struggle to compete with. With recent advances in display technology, the method of showing the pictures has changed too. Whereas before, a large television had to be almost as deep as it was wide, to allow for a massive cathode ray tube, modern TVs, with their flat panel technology, are sometimes only millimetres thick. Recent advances in this technology look set to make the TV screen even thinner, with scientists recently demonstrating a screen technology so thin you can stick it to a wall in a manner similar to wallpaper.

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