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Definition: TV


(TeleVision) Meaning "long-distance viewing." Pronounced "t-vee" or "tee-v," a TV is a visual display system that derives its content over the air, via satellite, coaxial cable or optical fiber. Experiments with television date back to the 1920s; however, TV did not become viable until the early 1940s (see video/TV history). See NTSC, CRT, flat panel TV, 1080p TV, 4K TV, 8K TV, smart TV, rear-projection TV and front-projection TV.




Lotus TV Set in 1960
Manufactured in Czechoslovakia in the early 1960s, this Lotus TV was praised for its sleek design.






Telefunken TV Set in 1935
Not only was this TV a major piece of furniture, it was one of the most novel technologies of the 1930s. (Image courtesy of Siemens AG, www.siemens.com)