FCC Approves CBS Standard

October 10, 1950

The FCC approves CBS’s field sequential colour transmission system as the US standard, effective November 20. CBS promises 20 hours of colour programming a week within two months. Using a mechanical colour wheel inside the camera and set, this color system is incompatible with the 20 million black-and-white sets already in use. Manufacturers are divided as to whether to make sets and converters to receive CBS colourcasts. Meanwhile, RCA works on creating a compatible all electronic colour system.


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