History Of Flat Screen TVs
The technology in the television industry has transitioned from time to time. The TVs we have in our living rooms are really amazing with a number of manufacturers focusing on design, performance and reliability. Moreover, power efficiency are other fundamental aspects that we can’t ignore at this point too.
We have transitioned from a time the cathode ray tubes (CRT) were the best gadgets we could find in the market. In fact, the CRT are being faced out by the sleek designs of the flat screen TV models.
It is worth noting that when the University of Illinois discovered the plasma technology. This was way back in 1964. This was before companies started focusing on the flat screen TVs in the 1990s. Thanks to professors Gene Slottow and Donald Blitzer.
It is quite astonishing that within 2 decades, they have dominated the market. This is due to increased performance, superior picture quality and compact size among other features. For sure, the technology has evolved with time, resulting in an increased screen size and better viewing experience. This is the ultimate goal of the tech enthusiast.
The force behind this innovation was to get better picture quality while eliminating the heavy weight associated with the CRT. Ideally, the TVs have evolved from an equipment used to transmit a program to a smart gadget that you can use to access different application on the internet (smart TVs). Even the price is relatively cheap as compared to the sophisticated technology that they use.
A recap of the technology witnessed so far
The LCD technology
This was a blueprint to the modern flat screen TVs. The liquid crystal display (LCD) became a better option as opposed to the plasma TVs that were already in the market. With LCDs, manufacturers could achieve better designs that could be operated more efficiently.
By 1996, both the Sharp and Sony Corporations had a joint venture where they could produce flat screen TVs. It was Sony Corporation that owned the first trademark in this industry called the Plasma-Addressed LCDs (PALC). The PALC technology blended the plasma displays and LCD. This aimed at creating better pictures. Sony and Sharp were the key players in this industry during this time.
The first flat screen TVs
The Sony Corporation introduced the very first flat screen TV in 1997. It was based on the PALC technology. This TV was 42 inches and it was the largest flat screen available in the market. It was really expensive as it could retail for $15,000. Thus, it was nearly impossible to own one. A number of TV manufacturers could not afford the production using the PALC technology and they had no option but, to opt for plasma.
The next decades, as the demand for flat screen TVs increased, manufacturers opted for both the LCDs and plasma technology.
What are the changes since then?
By 2006, the use of transistors was incorporated in this technology and they could feasibly compete with the plasma screens. By 2009, the LCDs screen had dominated the market with the plasma TV being about 12%. Apparently, we have the LED LCD flat screen TVs with smart TVs dominating the market in the recent past.
In summary, the modern flat screen TVs we see in the market today have changed over time. This has not only improved the quality of pictures but, also reduced the unit cost of acquiring a single set. We should still expect more in this industry as companies in the industry are striving to have sleek designs that are more functional with enhanced performance.