The Evolution of the Digital TV

Written by Chloe Harwood

Those of you under a certain age probably don’t remember analogue televisions. Believe it or not, before you were born, most people only had four or five channels to watch. We wanted to find out a little more about how things progressed, and which milestones made digital TV as prominent as it is today.

We’ve also created a stunning infographic that explains everything you need to know about the complete evolution of television. Once you’re read this short post, you might like to have a gander.

In 1990, the American FFC set themselves the task of designing a set of standards for digital television. In the same year, those standards were agreed upon, and relevant firms were given the go ahead. The same thing happened in the UK and much of Europe.

It had taken a long while to finalise all the details, but the first digital television broadcast in the UK happened in 1998. Digital TVs were still very expensive at that time though. Most people didn’t buy one for their home until just after the millennium.

However, there were devices like Freeview boxes that allowed any analogue TV to convert to digital. By 2006, the first high-definition TV shows were broadcast in the UK. That started a wave that we are still riding today. Just think about how many high-definition channels you have on your TV now.

Will things continue to improve moving forward? You can bet your life on it. Can we expect to see major changes like switching to digital anytime soon? Probably not. However, technology is moving forward very quickly at the current time.

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Chloe Harwood