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10 facts you might want to know about television

The worlds first colour television transmission occurred in John Logie Bairds British studio back in 1928.This transmission showed some blue and red scarves and a London policeman's helmet. Also viewed was a mixed bunch of flowers, a guy poking his tongue out and the burning end of a cigarette.

The first ever Televison commercial in history lasted 20 seconds and was for a product mass produced by a company known as Bulova. This corporation also made the first ever watch that went into space. The advert was aired in July 1941 and went out during a game being played by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The well known turning globe that is used by the NBC evening news show spent many years revolving in the incorrect direction. In 1984 this was eventually discovered and on January 2nd this was fixed and now the globe is revolving in the proper manner.

The 1st toy ever advertised on television was the "Mr potato head" product. He was brought to the attention of millions of American TV viewers and even now can be viewed in the well known "Toy story" animated films.

Way back in 1950 only 10 percent of American households had a television in their possession. By 1960 this had changed to a staggering 90 percent whilst today it is ninety nine percent with 54 percent of U.S kids having one in their bedroom.

Now more of us have tv's than we do a phone.
The biggest ever annual earnings for a TV star were paid to US sit com star Jerry Seinfeld.He was paid an amazing $1000000 per episode. The program lasted 8 years and although this fee came into play in about 1997 this still makes Jerry the highest paid TV actor of all time.

The biggest ever fee given to play a tv commercial was $2,000,000 per thirty seconds of time. This was given by companes to play their comercials during the final American screening of the hit comedy show friends. The show was aired by U.S TV corporation NBC on May 6 2004 and lasted for one hour.

The most amount of commercials starring a corporate owner were put together for Wendy's Hamburger chain in the United States and featured Dave Thomas the corporations founder. In all he has featured in 652 ads with the shortest being 5 seconds and the longest being sixty seconds. These adverts have gained thirty six major advertising awards and have made Dave as well known as his Hamburgers.

Whilst viewing an episode of the well known Japanese animation Pokemon over seven hundred Japanese schoolkids were rushed to hospital with severe convulsions and trauma. This was caused by a ten second part in which the animations hero Pikachu flashed his large red eyes to the sound of a massive booming explosion.

Some early experimental TV transmissions began long ago in 1928 by station W2XBS and featured a test figurine of the well known Felix the cat. Although these first transmissions were only showing a figurine Felix the cat he will always be able to claim his place in the TV hall of fame as the foremost genuine Televison actor.


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