First colour TVs (23 pics)
RCA's first color TV was model number CT-100, which retailed for $1000 when introduced in April 1954. This model had a rich color screen measuring about 11" by 9." RCA and CBS were engaged in a fierce competition in the early 1950's over whose color standard would be approved by the FCC. RCA ultimately prevailed as their system was backwards compatible with existing Black & White sets. Color TV really didn't take off until the mid 1960's when most of the network programming was in color.