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Cool Facts About Televisions

For the past 50 years, televisions have played a huge part in our lives.
Everyone seems to have a television, and in many cases we have two or three televisions in our home. Not only that, we have television on our computers and on our cell phones. This just shows that television continues to change and adapt to the times. While we may not always have television as we once knew it, the effect it has created on our planet is immense. Before the internet came along, television helped to create a global village and now television and the internet are joining together into one amazing media beast.


So, here are some amazing facts about televisions:

1. The First Television

Even though America is known as the land of the television, the television was not actually invented in the United States. Back in 1926, a Scotsman by the name of John Logie Baird (no relation to the author of this article), created the first working television. It operated with 30 lines and the image was quite fuzzy and difficult to see. To put this in contrast, your current television has about 1,080 lines on it. Baird was able to build the first working television in the world with a hat box, a pair of scissors, darning needles, some bicycle light lenses, a tea chest and some wax and glue.
While the television was created in 1926, it was not until 1941 when the first advertisement aired. The advertisement lasted for 20 seconds and was for the Bulava Watch. It aired during a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies. What was the cost of this? A whopping nine dollars for 20 seconds of commercial time back then. In contrast, a 30 second ad for the Super Bowl costs $2.7 million.


2. Addicted to Television

Not surprisingly, television has become an addiction for many people across the planet, and nowhere is this truer than in the United States. It is estimated that the average American will watch television about four hours per day. That may not seem like much, but it is important to remember that people sleep eight hours a day. That leaves 16 hours when we are not sleeping. This means we spend one out of four waking hours sleeping. During the week, we also work for eight hours. That leaves eight hours at home and that means we spend half the time at our homes watching television.
Some countries have put in measures to ensure that television does not take over family life. Iceland does not allow television programs to air on Thursdays so that family life is not disrupted during that day.
Naturally, children see a lot of television and it is estimated that by the age of 14, the average American child has seen 11,000 murders on television, both on the news and in television programs

3. Television Programs

There are some shows that rise above the rest and become more popular than any other shows in history. In the United States, the top five most viewed television programs of all time are, naturally, series finales. This list does not include sporting events. If it did, the Super Bowl would dominate the list. So, the most watched television programs of all time are:
1. M*A*S*H February 28, 1983 105.9 million viewers
2. Cheers May 20, 1993 80.4 million viewers
3. Seinfeld May 14, 1998 76.3 million viewers
4. Friends May 6, 2004 52.5 million viewers
5. Magnum P.I. May 1, 1988 50.7 million viewers
In terms of programs viewed around the world, we are measuring viewers in the hundreds of millions and billions, rather than what we saw above. In 1969, when man first walked on the moon, over 600 million people watched. When Elvis Presley did a show from Hawaii on January 14, 1973, it was watched by one billion people across the planet. In Japan, 40 percent of viewers watched the program, while in the Philippines; a staggering 91 percent of viewers watched the show. In the United States, 51 percent of American television viewers watched the Elvis Presley show.
This was beat by two funerals decades later. The funeral of Princess of Diana was viewed by two billion people, as was the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
Sporting events like soccer are always popular, and in the 2008 Olympics, one billion people watched the American men’s basketball team play the Chinese team.
Probably the most watched event in human history though, occurred in 2009 when the funeral of Michael Jackson was viewed by roughly 2.7 billion people, or almost half the world’s population.

4. World Records of Television

If you think that watching television for four hours a day is too long, then you should talk to Suresh Joachim, a man from Sri Lanka who set the record for most non-stop television viewing in history. Suresh watched nearly three full seasons of the drama “24”, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Watching it in Stockholm, Sweden, Suresh set the record in 2005 when he watched an astonishing 69 hours and 48 minutes of television. How did he do it? Apparently drinking 30 cups of coffee during those 69 hours helped a lot.
The largest plasma television in the world is a whopping 103-inch plasma television that is made by Panasonic. If you want this television, you better take out a mortgage because it pushes the price tag of $70,000 total.

5. The Changing World of Television

Television has changed a great deal in the past 50 years since it was mass-produced in homes. Even television programs have changed and you probably wouldn’t have seen shows like Lost, 24, The Simpsons or Family Guy in the 1950s, and shows like Leave it to Beaver and You Bet Your Life would not be popular today.
However, the world of television has changed in other ways, with many different types of televisions and television technology becoming popular. This is especially true with YouTube, which is becoming the television for the internet generation. YouTube is so popular that both Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II have their own YouTube channels. In fact, Barack Obama was the first U.S. President to broadcast on YouTube.
Roughly 36 percent of all cell phone users now watch television on their cell phones as well and as each year goes by, more and more people watch television on their phones. In a recent study, it was also found that people born from 1980 onwards spend more time on the internet than they do watching television.
Author: Craig Baird