The Fascinating Drama Behind the Development and Adoption of Color Television

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. 

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I asked this youtuber why he kept zooming in and out in the video and he told me to F#%k off, really classy guy that runs the channel in this video. Nothing I said or asked him warranted that kind of response. Just wanted to let you guys know what kind of person the guy in the video is. Be careful if you ask him anything.

Patrick Rosenbalm's picture

Where? I read through all the comments for the video on YouTube and I didn't find anything related to what you just posted above. Did you email him or what? Just curious.

I just looked and it is still there. My youtube name is “ x47plm “ .thats were it is from and he replied back . I find it odd that he would say that even though he is trying to build up his subscriber base.

Patrick Rosenbalm's picture

Hey Mike, Thanks for the reply.

Again, I spent quite a bit of time trying to find it. Opened every reply, searched the page (CTRL+F) and Nothing. Found you on Youtube and your videos. Checked my YouTube settings to see if it was filtering it out. I don't think YT was filtering it out but I could be wrong. Not the first time I've came across something that one PC or phone showed online and another didn't. I'm Not calling you a liar of anything like that because I did find a smart assed reply he left for another person with a similar comment. See Copy+Paste below. In my opinion, I don't put anything past anyone. Get egos of people in the mix and no telling what you might get. And my being a musician, I have seen some pretty big egos that went off on pretty petty things. ;-) Most people were calling him out on when microwave oven became available. As in commonly available versus commercially and he made it sound like he was was referring to the former as opposed to the latter.
Not a bad video though. Have ever watched videos from Technology Connections? Really good stuff from him! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy0tKL1T7wFoYcxCe0xjN6Q

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Sean Mangan
8 hours ago (edited)
Your zooming in and out hurts my eyes!

Filmmaker IQ
Filmmaker IQ
8 hours ago (edited)
Good. That was the point. I personally wanted to ruin your day. I hope you suffered. :)

I certainly see some ego there. ;-)

Thoughts?

Interesting, I signed out of my YouTube account and then went in as a guest and my comment including his reply was missing. He must have deleted it after realizing he was a jerk with that comment. This guy is also asking for donations yet he treats people like that. When I signed back in the comment showed up for me because youtube keeps a personal record of comments the one has made. I once asked Fstoppers a question regarding camera angles and received a pleasant reply back from Patrick explaining why they did it that way. That is how a reply to a question should be, not the way that other clown replies to people asking questions.

Michael L. McCray's picture

The subject really interesting thanks for sharing it. The spinning RGB wheel filled a blank on a melanoma project I worked on in the '80s (I was the photographer, mathematicians and engineers work out the details).

I can't believe that technologies are developing so fast and this is awesome. Now all my family are able to watch different films at the same time using bluetooth transmitter https://www.switchonshop.com/en/portable-audio/bluetooth-transmitter/ It just improves the signal