TV Facts for Kids – 5 Terrific Facts about TV

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Do you know how TV works?! Let’s discover five terrific TV facts for kids.

TV Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Tvs Didn’t Get Colour Until the 1950’s

John Baird introduced the world’s first colour transmission and broadcast in 1928 and 1938, however it wasn’t until July 8, 1954 that the first colour broadcast aired. One big tv broadcasting company you may know, CBS, pushed for the introduction of colour TV programming.  It is hard to imagine now but it took over 10 years for colour tvs to actually catch on. It wasn’t until the mid-1960s that colour sets started selling in large numbers.

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TV Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The World’s Longest Running-chat Show Is The Tonight Show

The American talk show “The Tonight Show” first aired on 27 September 1954 and it was presented by Steve Allen. Since Steve Allen, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno have presented on it. Currently, Jimmy Fallon is presenting the show. The award for longest running animated series is one you have definitely seen before, The Simpsons. The Simpsons had its first episode in 1989 and is still going today, 34 seasons on.

TV Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Black and White Tvs Have Affected People’s Dreams

For many years, people watched their tv programmes in black and white. When you dream you see in colour which is expected because we see in colour everyday. However, because people were watching tv and movies in black and white their dreams started to become black and white too. How amazing is that!

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TV Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Tv’s Used to Look Quite Different

First of all, tv’s were much bigger and had a huge box behind them, very different to the flat screened ones we are used to today. At first, all televisions used an antenna on top to pick up television programmes from broadcasting stations. Many tv’s have attachments to allow video games to be played or DVDs to be shown on it. At the beginning tv could also be rented and money would have to be inserted into the tv to play the programme. Oh, how times have changed.

TV Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Tv’s Didn’t Always Have Remote Controls

The first remote control used to control a television was made by Zenith Radio Corporation in 1950. The remote, called “Lazy Bones,” was connected to the television by a wire via a long cable that you could stretch across the room to your seat. Before this you would have had to control the tv from the actual tv. Imagine having to get up every time to change the channel!  A wireless remote control, the “Flashmatic,” was developed in 1955 by Eugene Polley. This remote control looked like a gun which zapped the tv programme onto the tv.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about TV as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how majestic the technology is, you can move on to learn about other technologies like: AI, Robotics, Computer and Java.

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