Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. , household ownership of television sets in the country is 96.7%, with approximately 114,200,000 American households owning at least one television set as of August 2013. The majority of households have more than one set. The peak ownership percentage of households with at least one television set occurred during the 1996–97 season, with 98.4% ownership.
As a whole, the television networks that broadcast in the United States are the largest and most distributed in the world, and programs produced specifically for U.S.-based networks are the most widely syndicated internationally. Due to a recent surge in the number and popularity of critically acclaimed television series during the 2000s and the 2010s to date, many critics have said that American television is currently undergoing a modern golden age.
The DuMont Television Network
was one of the world's pioneer commercial television networks
, rivalling NBC
for the distinction of being first overall. It began operation in the United States in 1946. It was owned by DuMont Laboratories
, a television equipment and set manufacturer. The network was hindered by the prohibitive cost of broadcasting
, by Federal Communications Commission
regulations which restricted the company's growth, and even by the company's partner, Paramount Pictures
. Despite several innovations in broadcasting and the creation of one of television's biggest stars of the 1950s, the network never found itself on solid financial ground. Forced to expand on UHF
channels during an era when UHF was not profitable, DuMont ceased broadcasting in 1956. DuMont's latter-day obscurity has prompted at least one notable TV historian to refer to it as the "Forgotten Network". A few popular DuMont programs, such as Cavalcade of Stars
and Emmy Award
winner Life Is Worth Living
, appear in TV retrospectives
or are mentioned briefly in books about U.S. television history, but almost all the network's programming was destroyed in the 1970s. (More...)
Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall
(born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall
, is an American actor, film producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980. His films with director-screenwriter John Hughes
, beginning with the popular 1984 coming-of-age
comedy Sixteen Candles
, shaped his early career. Hall's next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club
and Weird Science
, both in 1985. His performances as lovable geeks
in these three films connected his name and face with the stereotype for an entire generation. Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast
as his "geek" persona, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live
(1985–1986) and starring in films such as Out Of Bounds
(1986), Johnny Be Good
(1988), Edward Scissorhands
(1990) and Six Degrees of Separation
(1993). After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, his performance as Microsoft
’s Bill Gates
in the Emmy
-nominated 1999 film Pirates of Silicon Valley
put him back in the spotlight. He is now starring in the popular USA Network
series The Dead Zone
, which has aired since 2002. (More...)
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U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Deborah, appear on The View on Nov 24, 2010.
American family watching TV, 1958.
New Year's Eve 1962, with (L-R) Skitch Henderson, Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon.
Satellite TV receiver dishes.
3D version of Univision's 2013 logo.
The layout of the Jeopardy! game board since November 26, 2001, showing the dollar values used in the first round
The bottom product is a set-top box, an electronic device which cable subscribers use to connect the cable signal to their television set.
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