Originally Posted by veedon
WFMY has always had CBS as its primary affiliation, right?
Didn't CBS originally develop a color TV system that was not compatible with existing B&W sets, and when the B&W-compatible color standard for NTSC was adopted a few years later, it was NBC that took the lead in promoting color TV because NBC had a business relationship with RCA, the company that manufactured most of the color sets?
For a while CBS had the most popular shows, but it did not have as much of an incentive to move to color broadcasting as NBC did.
Add to all of that some manufacturing restrictions during the Korean War, the launching of the ABC network, and the decline of DuMont, and the whole industry was in flux during the 1950's.
The CBS field sequential color in any of its incarnations never got below the Potomac. After FCC decisions and court rulings, CBS began color broadcasting in 1951, but only on a limited network., and with almost no receivers in use. The network realized within a matter of days that it had won the fight but lost the war. The television industry was not going to support incompatible CBS color. CBS used the Korean War as an excuse to suspend color transmissions and set making. Within two years, CBS climbed on the NTSC color bandwagon, and it became a done deal after a lot of kinks were beaten out, in 1954. CBS actually broadcast the first program in NTSC color the day it was approved, followed by NBC a few minutes later. Local stations began ordering color equipment.. WFMY jumped on . WBTV dove in . WBTV ordered cameras, and constructed a new facility for color, and would become the 1st station in the country to use color video tape. But, there were still obvious kinks in NTSC color, some of which never got beaten out. CBS made a corporate decision to leave it to its own devices, and did until the mid 60's. ATSC HD does not have near the technical drawbacks NTSC color had, but, still, to get the best picture, a consumer is going to have to spend some money. Costs are not what they were in the recent past, but to get a receiver that demonstrates a really obvious difference between 750 and 1080 will cost. Just my opinion, but, some sets today don't really care if they're getting stretched SD or 750p. I have this idea that the FCC, or part of it, has a master plan to do-in TV broadcasting. It is possible that HD, 1080i, or even 1080p might, in 10 years or so, become mostly a subscription thing. Broadcasters might be forced to accept "piggybacking" , with maybe 750p as maximum in a shared channel.. Just because I can see it doesn't mean it will happen.. But I think the FCC would LOVE to see the number of TV transmitters cut in half. within 10 tears. .