WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Thursday, June 25th. Today is the anniversary of the first color television broadcast. In 1951, CBS transmitted the appropriately named program "Premiere" from New York City, and through stations in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The program was seen in color only at a few select facilities because color sets for the home weren't available until 1954. Sales of color sets caught up with those of black and white sets around 1970. Shortly thereafter, American consumers began preferring foreign manufactured sets, and in 1995, the last domestic brand was sold to a Korean firm. What little receiver manufacturing remains is a $52 million a year business in the U.S. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the 'America's Economy' mobile application at www.census.gov/mobile.
First broadcast: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1950s/qt/Color-TV.htm
First color sets and sales: http://www.earlytelevision.org/color.html
U.S. household TVs: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 796
Last major U.S. brand: http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-01-10/whats-new-in-television-more-tv-sets-are-being-made-in-the-u-dot-s-dot-a
Television receiver manufacturing/NAICS 3343102: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ASM_2013_31VS101&prodType=table
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).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau