Category Archives: Television

Nielsen Creates New Twitter Monitor

The Wall Street Journal reports on the expansion of “The National People Meter” to the Twitterverse: Earlier this month, Nielsen published its 2012 Social Media Report, finding that “consumers continue to spend more time on social networks than on any … Continue reading

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25 Years of the National People Meter

An electronic metering system that transformed TV ratings through the delivery of overnight ratings, the National People Meter is celebrating the big two-five this year.  

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Imagining Television, 1908

Today in 1908, Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton published a letter in the journal Nature titled “Distant Electric Vision” in which he envisioned television as it was developed three decades later. He wrote: “Possibly no photoelectric phenomenon at present known will provide what … Continue reading

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Birth of Satellite TV

50 years ago today, the era of satellite television began with the first television image transmitted by a communication satellite. The transmission was orchestrated by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory station in Camp Parks, California, with sponsorship from the Air Force. The message was … Continue reading

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Tipping Point for Internet Video vs. TV

According to Ypulse (via eMarketer), among high school and college students between the ages of 18 to 30, 70% reported watching Internet-streamed TV in a typical week, while 66% watched programs on a regular TV set. In contrast, among those … Continue reading

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First U.S. Demonstration of TV

Today in 1927, a group of newspaper reporters and dignitaries gathered at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories auditorium in New York City to see the first American demonstration of something new: television. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover provided the “entertainment,” … Continue reading

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World TV Day

Today is World TV Day, declared in 1996 by the UN “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the … Continue reading

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“There You Have Electronic Television”

Today in 1927, Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device he called an “image dissector.”

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“Television” Coined

Today in 1900, Constantin Perskyi, Professor of Electricity at the Artillery Academy of Saint Petersburg, coined the word “television” in a paper read at the International World Fair in Paris at the 1st International Congress of Electricity.

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America’s First Television Theatre

Today in 1938, musical performances in an upstairs area at 568 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, are screened on a television display in the auditorium below, which seats 200 patrons paying 25 cents each. The studio and auditorium are linked by cable. … Continue reading

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