Then You Saw Them, Now You Don’t

Television went full colour in Peninsular Malaysia on December 28, 1978.  But probably for a full year before this greatly anticipated day, TV manufacturers were dressing up in full battle gear, ready to slug it out in the full-chroma goggle box arena.

Besides the well known giants like Philips, Sony, Matsushita, etc, suddenly like toadstools after a downpour, all kinds of names popped out in the ads, each making claims about its unique prowess to titillate your visual senses.

Honestly, for the first year, each time I was lured into sitting before an “idiot box” (as some called it) I was captivated much more by the fascinating colours than by the contents.

Over time, fierce battles in the market place, driven by technology advances and consumer preferences led to the exit and even demise of many of the brands of those days.

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