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SMPTE New York Section
January 24, 2017 Meeting
5:30 - 8:00 PM

Hosted by THE STUDIO-B&H

Venue location:
Congregation Beth Israel
West Side Jewish Center
347 W 34 St.
New York, NY, 10001

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Eventbrite - SMPTE-NY January 2017 Meeting: Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows That)

Refreshments will be served. Guests and non-SMPTE Members are welcome.
This event is FREE. Registration is required. 

Speaker: Mark Schubin
Produced by Joe LoGrasso, Ross Video

Breaking the Pictures Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 (and Why No One Knows That)

It seems that television research may be traced back as far as desired.  UHD was preceded by HD and before that SD and analog.  The first regularly scheduled news telecasts appeared in 1928.  SMPTE founder Charles Francis Jenkins transmitted moving images in 1923 and published an article on the subject in 1894.  A report of an achieved crude video image appeared in a technology periodical in 1879. 

Television research can be traced back even earlier.  People in four countries, speaking three different languages, on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, all began working on television in 1877.  Before that, however, there is nothing, not even fiction, fantasy, or spoof.

Why did television research begin 140 years ago this month, and why don't any television history books explain why?  Learn the amazing story of our origin, including why there were Emmy awards in 2016 and 2017 for achievements in the 19th century.

Mark Schubin is a multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Life Fellow and independent historian who began working professionally in television in 1967.  His blog, SchubinCafe.com, is archived by the Library of Congress.  He has worked on television projects on all seven continents (including Antarctica).