It’s been 64 years since the first colour TV went on sale

Do you remember getting a colour TV for the first time?

Can you believe it’s been 64 years since the first colour TV went on sale?

While TVs are basically a necessity to homes in modern times, they were once a luxury item.

Kids these days can stream their favourite shows on their phones, computers, tablets and even watches, but in the 50s, things were quite different.

While many popular programs ran in black and white, it wasn’t until 1953 that the first colour TV went on sale.

Having said that, it wasn’t something that a lot of families could afford straight away and it took over a decade for colour TV to become the new norm. 

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A standard box set customers back around $1000, which was a big deal back then.

Still, many people delighted in watching their favourite characters come to life in colour.

In the late 60s and early 70s, most major TV networks around the world opted to upgrade to colour transmissions.

In fact, Australia made the official switch in 1975, with Aunty Jack becoming the first show to broadcast in colour.

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The colourful sketch was considered ground-breaking for the time and changed the way Aussies watched TV forever.

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Do you remember watching TV in colour for the first time?

What was the first show you watched? Was it hard for you to get used to watching colour after watching black and white shows for so long?

When did you first get a colour TV?