Incredibly, Australia didn’t introduce colour television until 1975, a full 21 years on from when the technology was first introduced in the US.
But while Australia languished in a world of black and white, TV manufacturers across the globe were striding ahead with significant breakthroughs in colour.
However, Sony would emerge to lead the pack in the late 1960s by introducing the Trinitron. The Japanese electronics giant had initially entered the TV market in 1960. Through a series of expensive failures, Sony’s engineers developed a pioneering picture tube that was cost-effective to produce. Christened the Trinitron, the first set rolled off the production line and into Japanese retail outlets in 1968.
While the 12-inch KV1210 had a higher price tag than its competitors, it was streets ahead in the quality stakes. Widely considered to be the first modern colour television, it was easy to use, and the all-important image was sharper and brighter than anything that came before it. It proved a successful combination with the technology, even earning Sony an Emmy Award in 1973.
When Sony eventually dropped the Trinitron branding in 2008, it had sold 280 million units.