In today’s technology-driven generation, virtually every family in this planet owns at least a single television set. But believe it or not, nobody even knew or heard of the term “television” decades ago. Television only became prevalent in the late 1940s. Know how the television grew from its humble beginnings to a must-have appliance to every family in the whole world in this article. 

Mechanical Television

Did you know that there are mechanical televisions before the electric televisions that we know of existing? The pioneer mechanically-powered televisions were invented by John Logie Baird and Charles Francis Jenkins during the 20s. The first mechanically-powered television sets were powered by a spinning disk that has pits positioned spirally. 

But before this Baird and Jenkins-invented mechanically-powered televisions existed, another innovator in the person of Paul Gottlieb Nipkow also invented his own mechanically-powered television. Nipkow’s version operated using a spinning metal disk and cables. Nevertheless, he termed it an electric telescope instead of calling it a television.

Electronic Television

Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a young innovator paved the way to the discovery of the world’s first electronically-powered television during the year 1927. He has a myriad of involvements to develop the world’s first wholly electronically-powered television. He has also invented the world’s first electronic image capturing device. 

Of course, these televisions won’t work if there are no television stations available to transmit programs. It was in the 1920s to the 1930s when Charles Francis Jenkins established the first television station called the W3XK. On the other hand, the first cable TV providers sprouted in Arkansas, Oregon and Pennsylvania in 1948. This is to enable TV sets in the mountainous and remote areas to receive television signals. Up to this day, televisions are still the main source of entertainment for everyone.