Amazing Things You Might Not Know About Television


The world's first colour television transmission occurred in John Logie Bairds English studio back in 1928. This transmission showed some blue and red scarves and a UK policeman's headgear. Also viewed was a mixed bunch of flowers, a gent poking his tongue out and the glowing end of a cigarette.

The 1st TV commercial in history lasted twenty seconds and was for a product mass produced by a corporation called Bulova. This company also manufactured the 1st watch that went into space. The advert was seen in July 1941 and went out during a game being played by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The first toy ever advertised on tv was the "Mr potato head" product. He was brought to the focus of millions of American TV viewers and even now can be viewed in the ever popular "Toy story" animated adventures.

Way back in 1950 only 10 percent of American households had a television in their possession. By 1960 this had changed to an unbeleivable 90 percent whilst in todays world it is ninety nine percent with 54 percent of American kids having one in their bedroom. Now more of us own tv's than we do a phone.

The highest known annual earnings for a TV actor were given to U.S. comedy star Jerry Seinfeld. He was paid an unbelievable $1000000 for each episode. The series lasted 8 years and although this fee came into play in about 1997 this still makes Jerry the highest paid TV actor so far.

The highest ever fee paid to play a television add was $2,000,000 per 30 seconds of time. This was given by advertisers to show their adds during the very last U.S screening of the hit comedy show friends. The show was aired by American TV corporation NBC on May 6 2004 and lasted for a whole hour.

The largest number of ads starring a company founder were made for Wendy's Hamburger chain in the United States and featured Dave Thomas the companies president. In all he has featured in 652 commercials with the shortest being 5 seconds and the longest being sixty seconds. These commercials have achieved thirty six important advertising awards and have made Dave as famous as his Burgers.

Whilst viewing an episode of the hit Japanese cartoon Pokemon over seven hundred Japanese schoolkids were rushed to hospital with severe convulsions and trauma. This was caused by a ten second part in which the programs hero Pikachu flashed his big red eyes to the sound of a huge booming explosion.

Some early experimental TV transmissions started way back in 1928 by station W2XBS and featured a test figurine of the well loved Felix the cat. Although these transmissions were only showing a figurine Felix the cat he will always be able to claim his place in the TV hall of fame as the 1st genuine Televison hero.

In the States the largest proportion of the Television audience consists of of pre-school children. On average their weekly viewing works out to be about 30.4 hours which means by the age of 17 they would have amassed as much as 15000 hours of television watching. Surprisingly this adds up to a staggering two years of solid viewing.

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