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American Experience

Season 9 Episode 6

Big Dream, Small Screen

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 1997 on PBS
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Big Dream, Small Screen
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How Philo Farnsworth combined his work with other emerging technologies to contribute to the development of television.

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      • Farnsworth not only understood the principles of electronic television (electrons being separated to "read" a picture and assembled to create it once again), he also bragged that he could make it a reality for a mere 25 thousand dollars.

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      • Narrator: During the war, television technology was needed for radar and defense research. Farnsworth's company contributed to the war effort, but because his patents would expire in 1947, his hopes of making any money from television were shattered.

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