Sony is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the industry-leading FD Trinitron® WEGA® television line and commemorating five decades of innovation and leadership in the television industry.
In 1998, Sony boldly changed the television landscape by introducing the industry’s first flat screen CRT television, the FD Trinitron WEGA. By creating a flat screen CRT, this breakthrough technology delivered outstanding corner-to-corner picture performance with enhanced contrast and brightness. Since its launch, more than 40 million WEGA sets have been sold worldwide.
“As the legendary leader in the television category, Sony has always taken great pride in innovative new trends that benefit the entire industry,” said Tim Baxter, senior vice president of marketing in Sony Electronics’ Home Products Division. “Since its introduction five years ago, the FD Trinitron WEGA has revitalized and redefined the direct view television category.” Today, Sony stays true to its award-winning heritage by offering more than 60 television models across a variety of display technologies, including Grand WEGA™ LCD-based rear projection, flat panel plasma and LCD WEGA™ DTV models that elevate the viewing experience and answers consumers’ savvy demands.
“In just five short years, the WEGA family has evolved to become the foundation for all of our innovations in digital television,” Baxter added. Sony is offering, without question, the broadest range of display options available today.”
In October 1968, Sony launched the first Trinitron color television (KV-1310) in Japan. History was made as the company incorporated its unique Trinitron® CRT— a single-gun, three-beam Aperture Grille with a cylindrical flat screen— which eliminated horizontal crossbars and created a vertically flat screen for a brighter, detailed and richer picture performance. Sony’s Trinitron CRT was recognized with a technical Emmy® Award for the development of the Trinitron picture tube. For the next 30 years, Trinitron technology continued to maintain a leading technological edge.
As a company of firsts, Sony has achieved many television innovations, including these highlights:
* In 1976, Sony unveiled the largest color TV set (32-inch model);
* In 1985, the first XBR models were introduced, which started the trend of premium, large-screen televisions;
* In 1998, Sony introduced the industry’s first flat-screen CRT direct view set, the FD Trinitron WEGA in 32- and 36-inch models;
* In 1998, Sony introduced the first integrated widescreen HDTV, a 34-inch 16:9 FD Trinitron WEGA;
* In 2001, Sony unveiled the world’s largest flat screen CRT, a 40-inch FD Trinitron WEGA;
* In 2001, Sony announced its 50-inch XBR widescreen Grand WEGA LCD-based rear projection TV;
* In 2002, Sony launched its first consumer plug-and-play Plasma WEGA models (32-, 42-inch) with built-in NTSC tuner and speakers; and
* In 2003, the first flat-screen 30-inch XBR LCD WEGA was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show.