No offense but what do you expect on a tour of a US based TV company. It's worth noting that the first electronic television was successfully demonstrated in San Francisco.
Yes its the distinction between television and electronic television that confuses the issue. American Philo Farnsworth is credited with the latter which is the system that succeeded
And it gets quite interconnected too. Baird had - I believe - licensed Farnsworth's Image Dissector electronic camera technology as a potential live source for his TV system - which otherwise relied on a mix of flying spot cameras and intermediate film... (ISTR that a fire caused Baird to lose quite a lot of equipment - including his Image Dissector cameras?)
AIUI the image dissector had a lot of practical issues - mainly around sensitivity, Zworykin's development of an electronic camera (not entirely his own work - it used technology partially developed by others) gave rise to the electronic camera that became the basis of the first cameras used on the Marconi 405 line system the BBC launched their 1936 service using.
And supposedly the oldest transmitting station is WRGB in 1928.
Oldest but it certainly wasn't the first. There had been transmissions of TV in the UK, US and Japan before that.
It's one of those technologies with lots of firsts as it's development took place in many places at roughly the same time
Yes - it was always when not if TV was going to happen I think. It was an idea that arrived before the reality had actually developed - but it was clearly going to be 'a thing'.
It's amazing that in 10 years we went from something that was essentially an all mechanical, narrow-band, 32 line system to an an all electronic, wide-band, 405 line (377 line active) system that was so much better it was actually described at launch as 'high definition' (!)
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