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Flashback Fridays: How Far TVs Have Come

by Sean P. Aune | October 8, 2010October 8, 2010 2:00 pm PDT

We mentioned yesterday how the pricing had leaked for the upcoming Sony Google TV sets, and it got me to thinking about just how crazy far televisions have come over the years.

This commercial is from sometime back in the 1940’s for a DuMont television set, and it isn’t just the size of the physical set that strikes me, but the fact of how proud they are of the screen being 20-inches and, boy howdy, it has a built-in FM tuner!  Even back then device convergence was becoming important apparently.

DuMont TV SetsIt’s just funny to think we’re now talking about TVs that weigh a fraction of what those sets weighed, they’re considerably thinner, bigger and do a heck of a lot more.  There is sure to be a day when we will look back at these sets coming out, and we’ll scoff at their dimensions, capabilities and so on, but for now it is truly amazing how far this device has come over the years.

And if you think going back to the 1940’s was unfair, well, TVs didn’t change a whole heck of a lot up through the late 1970’s except in form factor.  They went from tall cabinets to wider cabinets, and that was about the extent of the changes we saw for a very long time.  It’s only now that they seem to change every other day.

What say you?  Where do you think TVs are going next?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...