Early Pay Per View TV (Oct, 1947)
It’s comforting to know that the media industry’s fascination with screwing their customers by telling them how they can use their own TVs is nothing new.
“Phone vision,” developed by Zenith Radio Corporation, offers paying television audiences the cream of latest stage plays and movies. A combination home receiver brings in free programs as usual. Special features reach it partly by air, partly by phone line. Blurred when viewed alone (above, right), the radio image becomes clearer (left) with key frequencies received by phone. “Admission charges” go on phone bill.