Flashback Friday: Here’s a Letter from 1946 Predicting the Advent HDTV
Time for a brief history lesson.
As you know, color TV hasn’t been around forever. In fact, color TV—we’re talking about consumer-ready color TV here—doesn’t even make up half of the entire lifespan of television. Consumers began buying color TVs in bulk around the mid-1960s. The technology existed about a decade prior, but high costs and a lack of quality color content (sound familiar?) prevented the widespread adoption of the technology.
1965 was really the tipping point. That’s when it was announced that over half of all network primetime programming would be broadcast in color that Fall. By 1972, all networks were broadcasting their primetime as well as daytime programming in color.