We've come a long way since the days of the GE's "Octogon" 4-inch television. Check out these images from TV's past.
AT&T President Walter Gifford talks with Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover on April 27, 1927, in the first public display of television.
A model advertises a 1928 General Electric "Octagon" 4-inch television.
The 1929 Semivisor, by Rene Barthelemy, looks like a cross between a camera and an old-fashioned telephone.
Source: Musee des Arts et Metiers
A magnifying lens was used on this "vision only" 1936 Emyvisor Cathode Ray Television, from France, to increase the size of the picture to about 8 inches.
This 1948 Zenith Color TV used a spinning red-blue-green filter in front of a CRT to reproduce colors seen by the camera lens.
This 1950 16-inch black-and-white model by Zenith was code-named Lincoln.
Zenith's 1955 "Flash-matic" remote control. Bright sunlight tended to change channels randomly.
One could tilt-adjust the black-and-white picture tube of the 1957 "Teleavia," from France.
Sony debuted its first television for the U.S market in 1961.
Panasonic launched its TR-005 "Flying Saucer" in 1971.
This heavy 1981 Zenith doubled as fancy living-room furniture.
Samsung says this 82-inch panel, which debuted in Seoul on March 6, 2005, is the world's largest full high-definition LCD television screen.