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Monday, December 07, 2015

Cool Facts

Tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints!

In 1948, there were only 325 television sets in Canada. This number would rise dramatically in 1952 with the arrival of CBC Television and revised credit practices that enabled consumers to purchase a television set without an initial cash deposit.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) began television broadcasting in Canada in September 1952. The first broadcast was on September 6, 1952 from its Montreal, Quebec station and the premiere broadcast was bilingual, spoken in English and French.

The first home video recorders were marketed in 1965 by Sony, Ampex and RCA and were priced at just under US $1,000. These were followed by the VHS and Betamax devices, which battled for sales in what has become known as the original and definitive format war. In the early 2000s, DVD players gradually overtook VHS as the most popular consumer format for playback of pre-recorded video.

In June, 1946, NBC and Gillette staged what is now referred to as the first "television sports extravaganza" - the Joe Louis versus Billy Conn heavyweight fight at Yankee Stadium. The fight was a viewing success with an estimated audience of 150,000 viewers. For every TV set tuned into the fight, there were on average 30 people watching - many of whom were seeing an event on television for the first time.

On April 3, 1962, the U.S. Air Force announced it had successfully completed the first satellite TV broadcast and on July 10, 1962 the first commercial satellite was launched with one TV channel and 600 voice channels.

The first use of "canned laughter", better known as a laugh track, was in 1950 on NBC's, The Hank McCune Show, one of the first American sitcoms.

The cheapest of the pre-World War II factory-made American television sets, a 1938 image-only model, cost US$125- the equivalent of approx US$1,863.

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