The History of Television, Part 1

Who invented television?

This is one of those questions with no short answer – television’s invention was a protracted process of trial and error that spanned the globe as it spanned years. Over the course of several decades in the 19th and 20th centuries, scientists around the world were making breakthroughs in image transmission, and each contribution became a stepping stone toward the invention that changed the course of human culture forever. Here’s a timeline of television’s early development, including P.C. Richard & Son’s journey in joining the television revolution!

1885

German inventor Paul Gottleib Nipkow patents a mechanical device called the Nipkow disk. It was a flat circle that rapidly spun and scanned images into a receiver through a series of … Read more...

What is UHD Premium?

A few years ago, video streaming services and TV broadcasters upgraded to High Definition (HD). The HD broadcast was an incredible improvement to standard definition (SD), and it changed the way we watch and film media. Entertainment and electronic manufacturers saw the impact of the improvement, and want to go beyond HD by adopting 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) as the new standard.

Now, over 40 of the biggest entertainment companies have come together to form a new coalition that would promote broad industry adoption of audio/video entertainment to UHD standards. This is great news for consumers who are in the market for a 4K TV, because it guarantees improvements in picture quality and future-proofs for product compatibility when the … Read more...

The Next Phase of 4K Technology: HDR for TVs

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is set to be the next big shift in the quality and clarity of televisions. Bringing the director’s vision right onto your screen and offering detail that couldn’t previously be reproduced, HDR provides a real change in the quest for great TV viewing.

Until now, when films and TV shows were recorded, the information couldn’t be identically reproduced because it was limited to fit broadcast specifications and TV screen capabilities. However, modern HDR TVs are capable of producing exactly what the camera saw and in fine detail.

What is HDR?

By adding four times the pixels for sharper images, 4K was a huge enhancement for picture resolution. HDR combines with 4K technology and maximizes its performance … Read more...