Hat tip to @mathew - I just learned that France had a graeter than 720i broadcast standard in the 1940s!

That's Astounding.

I gotta find some old french gear, I guess.

HD broadcasting in 1948!

earlytelevision.org/grammont.h

The sets were 4:3 of course, but basically they were 4:3 720i black and white.

(in practice it was actually more like 816×736 px vs 720's 960×720, but also it was analog so the minor differences were probably lost anyway.)

The standard was used in to the 80s, but I'm having a really hard time finding any information about it.

If you're french, and you know what this was called in france, please let me know!

Here's a thread where some folks are driving 819 line sets from a VGA cable: vintage-radio.net/forum/showth

and from a converter box that doesn't appear to be sold anymore.

I wrote a blog post summarizing the things I learned about HD broadcasting in the 40s:

ajroach42.com/high-definition-

The big takeaway from the blog post is that I need a Teleavia P111, and that I need to rig up a board that converts 720P HDMI to the ~730i RF signal that this thing would be expecting.

And a power supply.

Followup on yesterdays ramblings about a 70+ year old french High Definition TV standard:

I found a Teleavia P111 for sale, submitted an offer for 1/4 of the listing price, and the offer was accepted.

In a few weeks, I'll have a mid-century french HD TV to start experimenting with.

I guess it's time to join an old TV forum and actually read my "Handbook of Television Repair" from 1952.

Here are some pictures and illustrations of various versions of this TV.

I'm *really* pumped about it.

@ajroach42 That "cabinet" is absolutely gorgeous, even without TV functional that would be an incredible design piece. Sounds like a steal!

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This reminds me of the TV Tom Paris replicates in Voyager 😆

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