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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for December 13: TV Tech

Sunday, Dec 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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TV TECH

Profile AmericaSunday, December 13th. The important holiday business of viewing such classics as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story" on home TVs owes much to a technological advance this month 77 years ago. In December 1938, Russian-American engineer Vladimir Zworykin was awarded two patents for cathode ray tubes. One was for the iconoscope to capture video images. The other was for the kinescope, which displayed television and computer monitor images for decades until the advent of flat panel screens. Whatever the ills of TV programming, obviously the American people consider it an appliance for a wonderful life. More than 98 percent of U.S. households own at least one set, a percentage that has held steady for years and across all age groups. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.

Sources:

Kane's Famous First Facts, 7771 & 6800

Households with television sets: http://www.census.gov/hhes/well-being/files/p70-136/tab1.xls

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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