The Fact News Service
Despite the advent of laptops and smartphones, television still constitutes the single largest source of video consumption. World Television Day stands as a reminder of the power of visual media and how it helps in shaping public opinion and influencing world politics.
Early televisions were expensive, and the technology was slow to catch on because development was delayed during World War II. Color technology was delayed even further because early color systems were incompatible with black-and-white television sets. Following the war, television rapidly replaced radio as the new mass medium.
Cable television, initially developed in the 1940s to cater to viewers in rural areas, switched its focus from local to national television, offering an extensive number of channels. In 2009, the traditional analog system was replaced with digital television, giving viewers a higher-quality picture and freeing up frequency space. As of 2010, viewers have high-definition television, which offers a crystal-clear picture in wide-screen to provide a cinematic experience at home.