Indian TV brand – TOP10 list

Do you want to know the best TV brands in India? Read along to find out. This article compiles a list of “Made In India” LED TVs, old black and white TV brands manufactured in India, and you will learn about the first television company in India. 

The technology that powers the TV has progressed significantly over the years.  In one hundred years, the TV has taken on many shapes and sizes. From the 1920s to date, we will cover the evolution of TVs.

Rise of the Television 

Mechanical and electrical TVs came in the 1920s. The first model of the mechanical television had a small display and a  massive cabinet. The large cabinets were necessary to fit in a nipkow disk. This disk contained a spiral pattern of holes which were used with a light source to create moving images. One of the first TV brands with this simple technology was called Baird Model B Innards. At the time the shape of these televisions was quite impressive.  The Octagon TV had a very impressive look as it had eight sides. The video quality was as primitive as the technology. Facial features were very difficult to see unless makeup was worn by the actors in a specific way.  

In the 1930s, televisions became more refined and had better designs and resolutions. The switch to electronic televisions also began in the 1930s. The video quality became significantly better from 100 scan lines at the start to 405 Scan Lines. Higher resolutions started to make an entry in the 1940s, with the NTSC standard of 480 lines of resolution and better audio, like the Fada-TV.  The 1950s brought us short-lived porthole televisions, but importantly, it brought us the NTSC color standard. 

Zenith created a wired remote in the 1950s, called the lazybones to control tuning and volume. Followed by the Flashmatic in 1955, which was a wireless remote. This was a flashlight that had to be pointed at different corners of the television. So anyone with a flashlight could control the TV set. The next year, Zenith produced an ultrasonic remote that when used, produces a click and an ultrasonic sound to control each function. The color display was a premium feature that did not catch on until the next year. 

The sales of color televisions boomed in the 1960s and they were now more affordable and the colors were more vivid – check RCA Victor television. Motorola Quasar was an upgradeable television with easily accessible circuit boards in the 1970s. The futuristic televisions made in the 1970s, like the JVC, had a curvy design pattern. The colorful televisions that looked like toys (Philco TV) and the portable combos (JVC) which included radios and cassette players, were also popular in the 1970s. 

Towards the mid-1980s, televisions as furniture lost their appeal, and these quickly became replaced with plastic-encased sets and color projection televisions with larger screens and smaller cabinets. The Space Screen 45 was a compromise of minimalism – a large screen in a traditional cabinet. 

The first LCD TVs were made in the 1980s as well. They were tiny and pixelated, but it was a huge step forward – check out the Casio LCD Pocket TV.  These portable TVs were a lot more affordable and they included more functionality.  

The 1990s were all about Sony’s Trinitron technology, which was introduced 20 years earlier. This was a line of Sony’s aperture-grille-based CRTs. Casio also continued to improve their portable LCD TVs. At the end of the 1990s, the latest technology was previews – the flat HDTV. It was priced at around $19,000. 

Throughout the 2000s, CRT televisions were still quite popular as they were inexpensive and could access HD channels using a converter box. It was in the decade that LCD television was finally able to compete with Plasma TV.  Then LED TVs arrived which were predicted to be superior to both – check out the first Sharp TV.  A few brands including Philips, began experimenting with ambiance lighting to make televisions more immersive. After that, HDTVs became smart as they could display content from your computer and also connect to different services on the internet.

The 2010s started with a new set of technologies – 4k, LED, and 3D, had all been introduced. Curved screens became a premium feature for a few years. This was meant to reduce glare and improve immersion by taking advantage of peripheral vision. The introduction of wallpaper TV was remarkable. Just like a credit, they are just as thin. The latest cool future uses ambient mode which lets you match your TV to your decor – check out the Samsung QLED TV. It lets you use your TV as a canvas for art or to match your wallpaper. 

The 2020s have promised many new technologies such as the rollable TV (LG Rollable TV). This TV is completely hidden when it’s off, and when it’s on, it grows to the size of the content or application. This is great for calendars or music apps. The Xiaomi TV (2020), can be used more as a centerpiece in a room to display art for entertainment. The LG double-sided TV will be great for gaming and commercial applications. 

Old black and white TV brands in India

The first television started with the Terrestrial television in Delhi in1959. It was an experimental telecast with a small transmitter and amateur studio. One of the oldest leading TV brands in India was Dynora TV. It was launched in 1975 and belonged to the Dynavision Company. Dynavision was a joint venture between an entrepreneur, Obul Reddy, and Tamilnadu Industrial Development Company. The TV was a large-sized solid cabinet that had an enclosed cathode ray tube and an electric circuit board. The panel on the front had space for speakers and buttons to control tuning and volume. With the influx of Japanese and Korean brands in the Indian market, Dynora Tv had to leave the market. Some other old black and white TV brands in India between the early and mid-1980s include Orson, Beltek, Nikki Tasha, National, Binatone, Uptron, Salora, Texla, Empire, Hotline, Bush, Weston, Televista, Sonodyne, Murphy,  Crown, Konark, EC TVs, Kingston, Telerama, Keltron, Solidaire, Maptron, Nelco blue diamond, etc. 

Top 10 list of Indian TV brands today

10. Cloudwalker

Cloudwalker is an Indian TV brand that was launched in 2013 by Jagdish Rajpurohit. The company was founded with the intent to create digital solutions that leverage the internet. Check out Cloudwalker 4K LED Smart Screen. 

9. Vu 

Vu is an LED TV brand manufactured and founded in India by Devita Saraf. In 2016, Vu launched entertainment apps like Netflix, on its TVs. Vu is a good TV brand. Vu Televisions are sold in other countries asides from India and is popular for selling the most TVs across e-commerce platforms. Flipkart is one of its exclusive online sales partners. 

8. Onida

Onida is an Indian TV company that was set up in Mumbai in 1981. Formerly known as MIRC Electronics, when it changed its brand name Onida quickly became a household name. 

7. Videocon

Established in 1985, Videocon has been the most diversified Indian TV company. It was founded by Venugopal Dooth and is currently manufactured in India, China, Italy, Poland, and Mexico. Videocon has been a pioneer in assembling TV sets. It has evolved from producing black and white CRTs to making Smart TVs. 

6. T-Series

Founded by Gulshan Kumar in 1980 as a cassette shop. Gulshan was a famous fruit juice seller before he went on to music production. T-Series became a leading music label in India and after a few years of releasing audio in Bollywood, it entered the electronics industry market and today it has become a manufacturer of Smart TVs. 

5. Ridaex

Established in 2016 by Naveen Srinivas, Ridaex has quickly become one of the most advanced TV manufacturers in India. Ridaex focuses on the manufacture of futuristic Smart TVs with affordable high standards, future proof and scalable, superior build quality, latest technologies, and have failsafe architectures. The recent TV made by Ridaex is called Arya TV. Arya TV was promoted for being the best Smart TV for online classes. Not only that but also the best conferencing systems for professionals. 

4. Intex

Intex is very popular for making mobile phones and has now made a mark in the TV industry as well. It was founded in 1996 by Narendra Bansal and is headquartered in Delhi. Check out Intex 50-inch Full HD LED Smart TV SF5004. 

3. Texla

Texla has been in the television industry for over 60 years. It started in 1956 to provide affordable electronic products to its customers. It has brought entertainment to almost every household in India. 

2. BPL

BPL is an Indian electronics company that makes audio equipment, TVs, medical equipment, washing machines, and refrigerators. In the 1980s, BPL started manufacturing televisions to demonstrate its potential. Make sure to have a look at the BPL 32H-A4300 32-inch with HD Android Smart TV. It comes with Dolby sound technology and Google Assistant. 

1. Micromax

Micromax is the largest mobile phone manufacturer in India since 2000 and has kicked off its market in other electronic gadgets as well. Micromax has a diverse range of LED and Smart TVs that give the user a memorable experience. Micromax has four collections of TVs they manufacture and they all have great reviews on Amazon. Check out the Micromax 50K2330UHD TV. It has sharp 4K resolutions and a 1780 viewing angle. 

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