Today in Media History: In 1928 TV left the lab and came home

Companies struggled to introduce TV in the late 1920s.

From time-to-time someone would describe its potential or demonstrate a new format, but to most people, it was still just a toy.

However, on January 13, 1928, the folks at General Electric tried to show that TV could be used at home. TV could be taken out of the laboratory and brought into our daily lives.

On that date they demonstrated the new technology in three homes in Schenectady, New York.

Here is newspaper story excerpt:

“The possibility of one sitting in his own home and hearing and seeing an opera, a baseball game, a prize fight or things of equal interest moved definitely closer today.

….Soon there was action. There were pictures of people moving. They talked. You could see their lips moving and hear the words they said. One man was smoking a cigarette. The smoke curling up from the cigarette could be seen.

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from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1BihwTt


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