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When was color TV invented?

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The first patent for color television, although unsuccessful, came from as early as 1904; however, the first successful color TV was produced by RCA in 1953. There was another color television, produced by CBS, that was noted to have been produced before and sold before the RCA version, but due to its low level of interest and mechanical faults, is not recognized as the first successful color television.

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The RCA color television was supported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and introduced in 1953. Every other attempt prior to this television had been deemed a failure, but within the time frame of each failed attempt at a television, RCA was able to produce a better, less flawed cathode ray tube design, according to the FCC.

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