Television is not impossible in theory. In practice it would be very costly without being capable of serious application. But we do not want that. On that day when it will be possible to accelerate our methods of telephotography by at least ten times, which does not appear to be impossible in the future, we shall arrive at television with a hundred telegraph wires. Then the problem of sight at a distance will without doubt cease to be a chimera. [“Telegraphing Pictures” in Windsor Magazine, vol. xxvi, June-November 1907]
其他为当时假设的远距离发送图片的技术名称的建议是 telephote (1880) 和 televista (1904). 该技术是在20世纪20年代和30年代发展起来的. 在德语中被归化为 Fernsehen. 缩写形式 TV 是1948年的. 意思是“电视机” 是1941年的. 电视作为一种媒介“的意思是1927年的.
Television is the first truly democratic culture — the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want. [Clive Barnes, New York Times, Dec. 30, 1969]