Questioning the History of HDTV

Enthusiast site Cdfreaks.com published a hit-or-miss list of ten things so-called high definition fans might not know about their favorite form of entertainment.

While not each item will make you feel like you learned something new (No. 9 says consumers are confused about the variety of formats and resolutions available. Really? No way.),  there's bound to be a factoid that leaves you scratching your head.

The un-sourced article says "high definition" was a TV term tossed around as early as 1936, and that the U.S.S.R. created the first true high-def TV broadcasting system in 1958. I challenge you, TV historians, to fact-check these assertions. Have you heard tech history told another way? Let us know. If these facts don't hold up well under scrutiny, I'm not likely to believe the story about Blu-ray discs made from corn, either. -Rachel Rosmarin

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