What is the oldest television you own

TV sets from 1990 to the present day : The nation's goggles

It is 2.45 meters wide and 1.08 meters high. Nobody walks past the huge screen in the chic silver frame without being magically attracted by the brilliant pictures. This is also due to the fact that it is curved, i.e. slightly bent. Samsung's new cinema-format television called UE105S9W Timeless is arguably the most luxurious that the television market has to offer today. Each device is custom-made and is manufactured according to customer requirements. The price is also great: such a luxury model costs 119,999 euros. A lot has happened in television technology since Germany won the soccer World Cup for the last time in 1990.

Major sporting events such as the soccer World Cup or the Olympic Games encourage many customers to buy a new television set. They just want the best possible picture for the games. "In June sales of television sets were 41 percent above the previous year's figure," says Jürgen Boyny, consumer electronics expert at the market research institute GfK. But the bottom line is that years with top television events do not necessarily sell many more televisions than in the intervening years. "The purchases are just being brought forward," says Boyny. He therefore assumes that TV dealers will have less to do next August.

"Innovations drive the market"

In contrast, fundamental changes in form and technology are much more important for the purchase decision. “Innovations are the real drivers of the market,” says Boyny. The introduction of the stylish flat televisions, which replaced the old boxes with real wood veneer, meant that "people bought a new television even if the old one wasn't broken yet". By the way, the absolute top sales year was 2012 - and that was not because of the European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine, says Boyny. At that time, dealers in this country were selling almost ten million devices. "The reason was rather the shutdown of the analogue channels," says Boyny. "Many viewers took this as an opportunity to buy a new device right away."

Who still remembers: The game between Germany and Argentina in 1990 was watched by the German audience on classic tube TVs in the 4: 3 format. The devices were mostly brown or black and weighed around 50 kilos. At that time, televisions had an average screen size of 72 centimeters. The maximum was 80 centimeters - the standard image resolution did not provide any more. In 1990, 5.8 million TV sets were sold in this country, the average price was 618 euros, as the GfK statistics show. German brands like Grundig or Telefunken dominated the market.

By the way: 1.4 televisions were in German households at the time, so only 40 percent of them had a second device. Today, on the other hand, there are on average two televisions at home.

The first plasma televisions cost 13,000 euros

In 1999 Pioneer's first flat screen TVs came out. Plasma devices cost around 13,000 euros at the time, only 1,000 units were sold that year. The first LCD devices followed in 2001. With them, the price fell, and at the same time the screens got bigger. The standard image resolution was no longer sufficient for this. “People went into stores and complained about the pixelated image,” recalls Boyny. The high-resolution images (HD) require digital transmission technology. In 2006 the first HD devices were shown at the international radio exhibition in Berlin. Exactly at the place where the very first television sets were presented to the amazed public in 1928. At that time the Ifa was still called the Great German Radio Exhibition Berlin.

In 2010, televisions became smart. Smart means that they have a connection to the Internet. Not all viewers have yet used the opportunity to access the net via the large screen in the living room, but the number is increasing. “In the future, the television will be the control center for the connected home,” predicts Boyny. HD, on the other hand, is already yesterday's technology. The latest devices are Ultra HD and have four times the resolution. As a result, the screens get even bigger.

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