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25/06/1951 CBS airs first commercial colour TV signal


Television History - -In Living Colour-

An unsuccessful lawsuit by RCA delayed the first commercial network broadcast in color until June 1951, when a musical variety special titled simply Premiere was shown over a network of five East Coast CBS affiliates. Viewing was again restricted: the program could not be seen on black-and-white sets, and Variety estimated that only thirty prototype color receivers were available in the New York area.
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    • Development 

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    • Color standards