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Television is a telecommunication medium for transmitting both images and sound to those with the appropriate equipment. Television can refer to the set used to display the images, programming and transmitting as well.

The first televisions were built in the 1910s-20s on an experimental basis, and became commercially available in 1928 through the Electronic Communication Corporation (ECC) based in the United States, and the US remains one of the largest markets for televisions in the world, rivaled only by France, Russia and Persia.

The following is a history of the development of Television, popular and ground breaking programs, and changing habits and styles within the medium.


The First developments in Television were carried out by private inventors such as Rudolf Hess and Albert Einstein in Germany and John Ford in the US, while companies such as the Electric Communication Corporation in the US and Bildprojektionsgerät Unternehmen in Germany were founded by these pioneers to further the development of the new medium. In 1927, after Ford traveled to Germany, the two companies made a landmark agreement to share their work, and the field of Television appeared to be ready to leap off. By 1928, the EEC developed the first "Telo Vision," and made the first broadcasts with the approval of the US Communications Board (Later the Department of Communication).

However, the Stock Market Crash of 1931 sank the German company, and the EEC fought hard to get Hess and Einstein to transfer their patents to the American corporation. Einstein agreed to emigrate to the US to continue work, while Hess abandoned the project, and committed suicide. Around the world, various teams also began developing their own efforts to transmit moving pictures over radio waves, but most of the newest ideas and the refinement of the ideas occurred in America. John Ford made huge strides in the next few years, especially after well known businessman John D. Rockefeller, Jr., bought ECC into his telecommunication conglomerate National Telegraph and Radio (NTR). With the vast backing of Rockefeller, Einstein and Ford began working together, and by 1938 had developed the rudimentary basis for the modern television system. However, finding investment was difficult as the world spiraled into war.


The Third Global War brought all development to a halt, as both Ford and Einstein focused on war technologies, including the first "walkie-talkies," and radio controlled bombs. Rockefeller and the NTR was still interested in developing Telo Vision, renamed Television in 1947 as research continued. The US Government through the Department of Communication, agreed to help NTR and a consortium of radio networks including the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Western Consolidated Broadcast Company (WCBC) invest in the infrastructure needed.

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