2012: Plasma TVs start winning like Sheen
Americans spend $2.5 billion on plasma TVs. The same figure was Kyrgyzstan's entire GDP in 2006.
2015: LCD dominates the TV format
It sounds like Spiderman telling The Daily Bugle that he’s ousted his latest adversary (Egad! The Plasma!), but it’s true. Plasma TVs and LED/LCDs have had something of a face-off in the past decade, and LCDs, or “liquid crystal display,” won out. LCDs work by filtering a backlight through a prism of colored crystals. Plasma used something totally different, electrically charged ionized gases. That Liquid Crystals winning over Plasmatic Gas sounds like the results of a Ziggy Stardust cover band competition notwithstanding.
2025: OLED changes EVERYTHING
Americans have responded more enthusiastically to improvements in television technology in the past few decades than ever before -- we appreciate how much the device has changed, and what new advancements mean (WAY cooler TVs). OLED screens, or “organic light-emitting diode” screens, were introduced in 2009, and are poised to totally reshape television. Literally. Because OLEDs rely on organic compounds that actually glow a particular color, they don’t need a backlight. That means, when the technology gets there, theoretically, you could print a moving image onto something as thin as a sheet of paper (like literally a sheet of paper). Already, OLED has produced the best picture quality we’ve ever seen, but as a breakthrough, this is just the tip of the crystalline-looking iceberg.