The History Of Flat-Screen Television

The History Of Flat-Screen Television

In today’s society we have become accustomed to high-definition flat-screens that offer the ultimate viewing experience. The technology has come so far that we can see the sweat drops on our favourite sport star while watching him ply his trade – this has not always been the case.


The social use of flat-screens is quite a recent thing, but in truth, the technology has been around for much longer than most people think. It started back in 1964 when Gene Slottow and Donald Bitzer first invented the flat screen television. The pair were working on a computer application and found the traditional monitor inefficient at rendering the graphics they needed. Their version of the flat screen TV had a plasma display with only one cell – today’s televisions have over a million cells.

Soon, several companies looked into making television screens with plasma technology but found the use of liquid crystal displays (LCD’s) to be more efficient. At the time, LCD technology was cheaper and allowed them to make bigger screens than with plasma technology.

This trend changed between 1996 and 2004 as plasma screens became the popular choice – they offered richer colours and could be built in sizes up to 50 inches. By 2006, LCD technology advanced dramatically and once again became the preferred option for larger screens – this is when LCD screens became the default option for most home owners.

Since then, we’ve seen a boom in the industry – the technology is getting better, brighter and thinner every couple of months.