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A Short History On The Rise and Crash of Cable Television

Ketia Valme|| Sunday June 26, 2022||7:46 AM EST


The history of Television has mind-blowingly evolved throughout the decades. Since the beginning of time, before the normalization of motion pictures, the radio was the number one product everyone relied on for news and entertainment. However, that quickly changed when Television was introduced to society. The idea of Television wasn't created by anyone specific. A bunch of active brains came together to help make this masterpiece that seems to have been around forever. John Logie Baird and Vladimir K. Zworykin played a considerable role in creating a path for Farnsworth, who was named the official creator of Television. In September 1927, Philo Taylor Farnsworth introduced the first TV to society but had to fight a legal battle to get titled as the official creator because there were just so many people involved in the evolution of the product. It was challenging to decide who earned the title. Who Invented the Television? - History.

Once Television was introduced to society, it started slowly making its way to the top –competing with radio as the best product. The breakout of Television in the United States did not begin until the late 1940s. It was during the time when the political campaigns occurred, and Television made itself the very product that not only the people wanted to use but also the candidates who used it to promote their campaigns. This made it easier for them to reach a broader audience and use visualization to get their message across. The people loved it because not only could they hear what was going on, they now could watch it as a form of entertainment –which initiated a parasocial relationship between candidates and society. At the start of that decade, there were only about 3 million television owners, but that number quickly skyrocketed to 55 million by its end. 

Television started with three primary channels; ABS, CBS, and NBS. But as time changed and technology evolved, cable television introduced new TV shows, new movies, colored TV, and different channels with specific shows for people with other interests. Cable television was its own era and significantly impacted the entertainment industry –for the better. This pushed cable creators to create many more channels to keep the public purchasing new TV counsels and having multiple cable sources in their homes. The families eager to purchase cable were those with younger children or young adults because that's where all the shows were airing –the music videos, the more reliable news channels, and the sports. These reasons alone were enough to force the importance of cable onto people. Cable providers such as AT&T, Xfinity, and Comcast not only provided families with a new wave of entertainment, but they also started advertising wifi at an extra cost since technology, smartphones, and social media were also on the rise. Families were excited to be able to use their phones without using data, meaning that cable companies were at the top.

This cable era quickly ended in the mid-2010s because apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, as well as new devices like Roku and Amazon Fire sticks, offered the shows and movies that cable provided, plus more for a way lower price. Finding homes that use cable in today's society is rare because we have broad choices on where to find entertainment. As technology evolves, we are granted new tools to help us keep up with the everyday benefits it provides our world.

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