The television or TV (Television) is a central gathering spot in many homes. It can be used to watch broadcast shows, play video games, see movies or other recorded shows like exercise programs.

As the price of TVs has come down, and they come in many different sizes the number of TVs per household has gone up and the rooms commonly furnished with TVs has increased. In the 1950s when television was new, few households had more than one and it was in a console in a more formal, common room. Now TVs are in bedrooms, kitchens, dens, even bathrooms.

Also TVs aren't stand alone equipment anymore. They may be hooked into a sound or home theater system. They often get signal from other devices: VCRs, DVD players, cable, DVR systems and others.


The primary use associated with TVs is entertainment. Some people also use them to mask other noises. And a TV may be used to provide the impression that someone is home, serving a security purpose.


Like all electrical appliances, TVs can provide shocks. Use care in wire placement. Do not use appliances with frayed wires.

TVs also have components that can constitute hazardous waste. So, check into local rules governing their disposal.

Fun factsEdit

The word television is based on "tele" and "vision". Tele comes from the Greek for distance. Other "tele" words include telephone, telegram or teleport. The word was first used in 1900, long before devices similar to what we use were developed.

Although some methods for broadcasting and receiving TV signals were developed earlier, televisions were not widely, commercially available until after World War II.


External linksEdit

See the article on television on the wiringup wikia.

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