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From the tube to the QLED: How TVs evolved in the 32 years of Domingão do Faustão

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It was more than three decades as an audience champion on Sundays. But, before Domingão left Globo’s programming at the end of 2021, the TV News decided to investigate which TVs were the most modern and desired by Brazilians during the several years that the attraction remained on the air.

From tube TVs with stereo sound and PIP key (from Picture in Picture, a feature that allows you to watch two channels simultaneously), technological innovations that made the minds of consumers in 1989, the year of the program’s debut, to modern high resolution LED TVs with up to 86 inches of today, technology has evolved rapidly in search of the best and largest image, as the report shows below.

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TVs with PIP function and detachable speakers

1989 – Faustão and Silvio Santos on the screen

When Domingão debuted in March 1989, having a 20 or 21 inch tube TV with PIP function was the dream of viewers. This feature made it possible to see the delivery of the Truck of Faustão prizes (a success story that has been on the air since the first edition) on the bigger screen, for example, and the program Silvio Santos on a smaller screen that opened in any of the four corners the TV.

It was also possible to simultaneously view the images from a TV channel and the VCR or video camera, and freeze the image on the PIP screen. In the audio part, the main innovation was stereo sound, with the option of detachable speakers in the most advanced televisions.

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29 inch tube TV: more interest in big screens

1995 – 29 “TV was a consumer dream

See the file Confidential Archive, that year’s premiere, on a 29-inch tube TV was everything a good fan of audience shows wanted in 1995. And those who thought little and had a bullet in the needle, could invest in a refined television. rear projection, which used technology similar to video projectors to produce TVs over 40 inches.

At that time it was possible to purchase imported models of 53 and 61 inches, which weighed between 100 and 180 kilos. In the second half of the 1990s, tube televisions with flat screens began to gain more space in stores, ending the rounded lines and curves in the corners of the screen.

The benefits were visible: reduced reflections and lateral distortions of the image, in addition to widening the viewing angle, ensuring a better use of the screens.

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Thinner tube and image in cinema format.

2005 – Rectangular screen

In November 2005, the painting Dança dos Famous was aired for the first time, which continues to be shown today. In stores, widescreen televisions (16: 9), a rectangular screen pattern adopted in theaters and more natural to human vision, were beginning to gain space than the square screens of TVs of the past.

In addition to the tube televisions, the thin plasma and LCD screens seduced the public with more money with their modern design and reduced thickness (from 10 to 15 cm). Despite the size (they reached 50 inches) and high cost, most plasma TVs did not include a TV tuner and had very limited resolution, providing images of lower quality than conventional TVs, which did not even justify the investment.

LCD TVs were all high definition, but they lost to plasmas in cost (even more inaccessible) and in the size of the screen, almost always restricted to 32 inches.

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43 inch LED TV

2015 – 4K TVs on smaller screens

Aired in high definition since 2009, the program won the reinforcement of the Ding Dong board, in which artists try to guess the songs with just a few notes, in 2015. The novelty of the time was the 4K LED TVs (or Ultra HD, from Ultra High Definition) of smaller sizes, starting at 40 “.

Launched in the country in 2012, these screens display images with a definition of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels, four times higher than Full HD. At the time, there was little content in the format, and the main sources were YouTube and Netflix. In practice, this translates into greater detail and depth. It is worth remembering that TV channels still adopt HDTV or Full HD resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels) in their daily broadcasts.

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77 “OLED TV: resolution can reach 8K

2021 – LED x OLED: the war for the image

The viewer will be able to watch the last season of Domingão do Faustão on TVs of the most varied sizes. With more than 140 options, 4K LED TVs are already the majority among the models sold, accounting for 60% of the market.

The screens range from 24 to 86 inches and can cost from R $ 700 to more than R $ 20 thousand. Evolution of LCD technology, LED TVs are not all the same. The most refined and expensive already offer 8K resolution (7,680 by 4,320 pixels), greater color purity, brightness and contrast. QLED TVs, from Samsung and TCL, and NanoCell, from LG, use more modern technologies for panel lighting.

In this war, there is also room for 4K (most) and 8K OLED TVs. Models from LG, Panasonic and Sony that adopt this technology do not require internal lighting (backlight) because each organic pixel can emit its own light. Therefore, they are unbeatable in the reproduction of deep blacks in dark scenes. OLED screens range from 55 “to 77” and cost from R $ 7 thousand.


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