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Marlyn Robinson <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 4 Mar 2005 11:01:28 -0600
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Yes, I will correct the list member who stated that the first non-experimental tv showing was in 1922. He is referring to Marconi's wireless radio service. The technical history of television is really quite fascinating.
According to the BBC website:
"John Logie Baird had given the first public demonstration of low-definition television back in 1925. There had been experimental transmissions from a studio in Broadcasting House since 1932. On 2 November 1936 the BBC opened the world's first regular service of high-definition television from Alexandra Palace in North London, known affectionately as Ally Pally. Not many people could pick up the "flickering" rays of the first programmes on their 10-inch televisions. The transmissions reached only the 20,000 homes with a television within a 35-mile range of Alexandra Palace. The first sets cost about 100, the same price as a small car."
There is a link to a clip of George VI's coronation at
There are some excellent tv timelines at and The second is only US and first is worldwide.
Marlyn Robinson
University of Texas School of Law
Mason & Assoc. - Small Screen Lawyers

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