TV technology and how it’s progressed
In just a few years, television technology has come on leaps and bounds. Looking at the developments of television now compared to when it was first invented in 1927 is simply amazing.
Let’s have a look at 10 key breakthroughs in modern TV technology through the years:
- One of the most popular televisions was the cathode ray tube set or CRT, which was before the flat screens we see today. The picture was created with electrons onto a phosphor coating.
- In the 1990s the flat screen television emerged. Everyone loved how slim they were compared to the CRT, as well as having bigger screens. But in the 2000s, there was the choice of LCD or plasma. While LCDs were energy efficient, plasmas at the time had better picture.
- Digital television revolutionised the way this technology works. In Australia, by the end of 2013 everyone said goodbye to analogue and had to switch to digital television. Suddenly, there were more than just five standard channels, as well as a program guide and even subtitles. Learn about digital antennas vs analog.
- High Definition, or HD for short, created more colourful and sharper picture for television viewers. HD has five times better resolution that a standard definition television.
- Then came the revolution of 3D television where viewers could become part of the world they were watching with the help of a pair of 3D glasses.
- LED screens emerged in the 2010s and this used LEDs as a backlight or the edge-lit panels boasted a more energy efficient experience, as well as the screen also being thinner.
- Smart televisions are taking over and one of their features is having an internet connection on your TV. This allows you to enjoy apps and stream content, as well as browse social media and the internet.
- One of the thinnest televisions is an OLED TV (Organic Light Emitting Diode). This is similar to LED but it does not have the backlight. In addition, it is better for fast action movies and sports for consistency.
- Now we have the freedom to enjoy video on demand. You no longer have to worry when you miss your television series; you can watch it at any time or even use subscription services.
- Currently we can watch television series and movies on Ultra HD. This is also referred to as 4K and it has a resolution of 3840 x 2160. This is around four times more pixels than Full HD. You can see every detail and fiction has never seemed so real.
- 8K TVs are also emerging