There aren’t many homes without at least one television set, such is the popularity of watching TV. These days we can stream music, shows and movies all with the simple press of a button or voice activated control. Just a couple of decades ago, it would have been the stuff of science fiction. To celebrate the amazing technology of television, here are some of the best records to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records involving TVs.
World’s Smallest TV Set – The company Seiko in Japan holds the world record for manufacturing the world’s smallest TV set at a minuscule 30.5mm. It was a black and white TV wrist watch launched in January 1982 and came with a receiver and headphones. The smallest colour TV was made by Casio Computers in 1992 with a screen size of 35mm.
Country With Most TV Sets – China can boast holding this record as its population owned 400 million televisions when the record was set in 1997. It’s probably a lot more than this now!
Biggest Collection Of Radios And TVs – Goran Agardh of Billeberga, Sweden is the proud owner of a whopping 10,060 television and radio sets. He appeared on Guinness Record TV in Sweden in September 1998 and his record still stands today.
Largest DVD Box Set – We all love a bit of binge-watching, so the perfect box set and a world record holding one at that is Prisoner Cell Block H – The Complete Collection. Released in 2007, it comprises 179 discs of 692 episodes filmed between 1979 and 1986. To watch them all would take you 32,524 minutes!
Biggest Television – Sony Power Tron of Tokyo, Japan made a TV in 1985 that measured 80 feet by 150 feet. It was called the Sony Jumbo Tron, was a colour television and was made for the Tsukuba International Exhibition. If you’re having trouble with the picture on your not so big TV, consider TV aerial installation Bristol from a business like Aerial Installations Bristol
First Sponsor On Television – The 19th June 1946 saw the first ever TV sponsor of a television programme. Gillette sponsored a boxing match between Joe Louis and Billy Conn which took place in New York, USA.
First Underwater Television – August 1952 at the National Radio and Television Exhibition was the first time a public demonstration occurred of underwater filming. The exhibition was held in London and Marconi Siebe Gorman demonstrated model divers working on a sunken ship. The cameras weighed a mighty 900kg and cost £3500 and could transmit for 455m.
Biggest Set For A Television Programme – The biggest standing set ever created was in Rome in 2004. It was for a historical drama produced by HBO and the BBC. It consisted of 5 acres and 6 sound stages at Cinecitta Studios in Rome and took 5 months to construct.