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Color TV's 50th Anniversary

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Color TV's 50th Anniversary

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Color TV's 50th Anniversary

New Technology Transforms Home Entertainment, Then and Now

Color TV's 50th Anniversary

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The RCA CT-100, introduced in March 1954, was the first mass-produced all-electronic color TV receiver. It's $1,000 price tag would be equivalent to about $6,000 in today's dollars. Thomson hide caption

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Fifty years ago today, the first color TV sets made for consumers started rolling off the assembly line. Because they were initially too expensive and there was little color programming available, it took more than a decade for color television to become a household fixture.

NPR's Lynn Neary reports on the early days of color TV, and the way today's new technology — from HDTV to TiVo — is similarly transforming home entertainment.