For well over half a century, households in the UK have had a television set. Starting out as the focal point of the main living area, TVs now come in all shapes and sizes and are found all over the home – but what should you look for in a new model?
The traditional image of a television set has undergone some amazing developments and improvements since the early days. The first generation of domestic televisions in the UK were only capable of receiving black and white transmissions on a small cathode ray tube (CRT). This meant big boxes for relatively small screens.
By the 1960s, television designs began to focus on the set itself and a range of classic models began to appear. Some were influenced by science fiction with the result an eclectic collection of different sizes and shapes. The first colour transmissions in the UK came later in the decade with the switch to 625 lines of transmission – although the TVs didn’t really hit the mass market until midway through the 1970s.
Flatter and thinner
Following this development, manufacturers began to focus on ways to improve the aesthetic design of the TV. As the cathode ray tube became a thing of the past there was an enormous leap forward in television technology and design with screens becoming larger and thinner.
This meant, wall-hung TVs were now possible and so even more applications for sets were found.
Not only has the display type changed, but the transmission of the signals themselves has undergone a massive revolution with the move from analogue to digital. The biggest sign of this has been the recent digital switchover in the UK which saw the old analogue signals switched off permanently. TV also became available via the internet and while data has revealed that the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony drew 900 million TV viewers, the number who tuned in online is far more difficult to calculate.
The next evolution in television is already with us as sets move from being a passive receiver of broadcast signals to becoming a truly interactive entertainment hub. The idea is all based around the concept of convergence. At the very basic level, a smart TV is a television enhanced for the digital and internet age, with everything built-in to so you can watch media from different sources.
New led TV models are as far removed from the original black and white CRT – just as a telegram is from a smartphone – and this gives you a better user experience.
If you are looking to join the next stage of the television revolution, most major manufacturers and trusted brands are already producing excellent examples of smart TVs which will be future-proof for many years to come – so why not take a look?
Article by Bency George