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 Post subject: Color Fight for TV 1950s
PostPosted: Sep Mon 11, 2017 3:24 am 
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I know RCA and CBS had a BIG fight with competing versions for color tv acceptance. When was it settled and who won????


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 Post subject: Re: Color Fight for TV 1950s
PostPosted: Sep Mon 11, 2017 4:03 am 
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The story is here, under "FCC Color" :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_television

Even more info at the Early TV Foundation

http://www.earlytelevision.org/

And for "you are there" reporting - there are various magazines at American Radio History:

http://www.americanradiohistory.com/

Television Engineering, FM and Televison Magazine
, et al.

By the way, there is a reason most early color sets are "RCA clones" (wink, wink) :P

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 Post subject: Re: Color Fight for TV 1950s
PostPosted: Sep Mon 11, 2017 4:08 am 
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That is quite a question. Short answer, CBS won initially but their broadcasts were not viewable/ back compatible with B&W TV's. RCA eventually prevailed. Long answer is that it was an effort/battle lasting longer that 2 decades involving many countries and scores of companies.

Hundreds of millions were spent. Tens of billions in 2017 money.


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 Post subject: Re: Color Fight for TV 1950s
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As I understand it, the fight was effectively over in November 1951 when a government agency used the occasion of the Korean Conflict to prohibit color television manufacture. The only ones being made at the time were CBS. When the ban was lifted, in March 1953, CBS had thrown in the towel.

See Ed Reitan's Early Television History, 2006.


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The Early Television Foundation's site has a very interesting article about the restoration of a CBS sequential field color TV camera, used with a period television receiver. it really shows the difference in the system.

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 Post subject: Re: Color Fight for TV 1950s
PostPosted: Sep Sun 17, 2017 4:10 am 
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Many of the early color TVs were built by RCA and private labeled for smaller manufacturers.

The first all-electronic color TV available for purchase in the US was the Westinghouse H840CK15, which was available a few weeks before the RCA, The Westinghouse H840CK15 was designed and built by Westinghouse, although it used an RCA color picture tube. I have read that Admiral has been credited with having the first all-electronic color TV available for purchase in the US, I don't know whether this claim is valid; in either case, RCA didn't have the first all-electronic color TV available for purchase in the US.

Zenith built two prototype 15 inch color televisions in 1953, they were shipped to a distributer in Los Angeles and were demonstrated during a color telecast of the 1954 New Years day Rose Bowl parade. The demonstration was a private affair, consumers were not invited. Zenith didn't sell color televisions to the public until 1961, which is when Zenith felt that color television had been developed sufficiently to sell to the public. The 1953 prototypes and 1961 production Zeniths were designed and built by Zenith and had Zenith/Rauland kinescopes.


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