How do we spend our free time? Some 20 or 30 years ago the usual answers used to be: “We’re going to the theatre” or “We’re going to a party”. Now we very often hear “We’re going to stay at home and watch the TV!” Television is now one of the most important mass media. It plays a great role in our life today. But when and how did it become an ordinary thing in the household today? The idea of a machine able to broadcast both sound and vision goes back to 1875.
But only in 1926 a Scottish engineer turned the idea into a practical reality. John Logier Baird produced the first TV pictures just 8 years after the World War I. Soon his original system was improved and in 1936 Britain’s first regular TV programme went on the air. But Great Britain wasn’t the only country-producing programmes. Other European countries were also involved in the early days of TV.
US television boomed in the late 40″s. CBS — one of the American networks developed a colour service in 1951. In 1953 TV took another important step when it covered its major international event — the coronation of Britain’s Queen — Elizabeth II. By the end of the decade TV culture was rapidly becoming a fact of life on both sides of the Atlantic.
In 60’s and 70’s TV started to satisfy the public’s desire, not just for entertainment, but also for rapid accurate information. We can hardly imagine our life without television. It offers the viewers several programmes on different channels to satisfy all tastes. It’s a convenient source of information as it informs us about current affairs and the latest developments and achievements in science and technology both in our country and abroad. It also broadcasts meetings between famous people in various walks of life. You can also get a lot of useful information from a great number of educational programmes, which are very helpful and interesting for children and grown-ups. By watching the programmes dealing with animals and birds and all kinds of living things in their natural surroundings, about the unusual phenomena on our planet… we widen our knowledge of different subjects and the world around us. TV is a convenient source of entertainment too.
You watch your favourite sport games, hear symphony concerts, operas, popular melodies; we have an opportunity to see soap-operas, especially popular among housewives; we hear talks on archeology, history, geography; we hear critics talking about new books, films, plays, works of art; we hear living poets reading their own poems. So, television informs, educates and entertains us. Since 1980 there have been 4 major developments — video, satellite TV cable, HDTV — high definition television. What’ll happen to TV in the 21sl century? There are some ideas — TV will be linked to computer data-banks: viewers will be able to ask questions on what they’re watching and the answers will appear on their screens; then TV may oust Radio. But now TV greatly dominates our life, attracts us away from other things, still we find it useful and we continue watching the programmes to our liking.
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