The history surrounding the development and widespread deployment of color television is anything but simple, as it's filled with long fights over technology and standards — fights that took decades to sort out. This great video takes a look at the fascinating history and drama behind color television.
Coming to you from Filmmaker IQ, this awesome video discusses how color television came to be. It might seem that color television was a straightforward progression from black and white broadcasts, but it was anything but. The road to get there was fraught with competing companies, different technologies, regulatory requirements, and practical issues, such as shared frequency space and the increased bandwidth a color signal needed. The consequence of all this was a slow adoption of color television by consumers — so slow, in fact, that it was not until 1972 that sales of color televisions finally outpaced those of black and white sets. I have always found that fact a bit surprising, as from my modern perspective, I would instantly jump on any chance to have color if I was locked into the monotony of monochrome. However, after learning about the history of color television and just what a pain it was, it is easy to understand why large-scale adoption took as long as it did. Check out the video above for the full story.