Sneak peeks

Find here all the teasers of the Color Wars documentary :

For me, it was a day of September in 1967 in front of the shop window of a store in Germany. For Jerome, it was in 1958, in Los Angeles, California. For Ed, it was January 1st, 1954 in Omaha. For Steve, around the same time. We had all between 10 and 11 years old and we loved TV which plunged us into a dream world of black and white.

When this world suddenly appeared in color, it was a revelation and we all chose careers in television or in electronics research. Today, we look back with passion over the history of this technology which was one of the great exploits of the 20th century. It was also a merciless industrial war between big companies and brilliant scientists. It was also a major political battle for each country to try to impose its system. It is this global battle that we decided to recount in details. The colors TV war lasted about 30 years and took place between 1939 and 1967.

J.Halphen & C Sirchis.

Introduced in April 1954, the RCA CT-100 was the second all-electronic consumer color television set in the USA. The color picture tube measured 15 inches diagonally. The viewable picture was just 11½ inches wide. The sets were made at RCA’s plant in Bloomington, Indiana. The sets cost $1000, half the price of a new low-end automobile.

By the end of 1954, RCA released an improved color TV with a 21-inch picture tube. The CT-100, which had 36 vacuum tubes in its CTC-2 chassis (known as “Merrill” to the marketing department) was one of the most complicated devices sold to the general public. After initial sales to early adopters, the rest sold poorly, even after a price cut. Many were donated by RCA for training purposes to trade schools and technical colleges, the source of most of today’s survivors.