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The Fernseh AG television company was registered in Berlin on July 3, 1929 by John Logie Baird, Robert Bosch and other partners[1] with an initial capital of 100,000 Reichsmark.[2]


The word "Fernseh" is a short form of the German word "Fernsehapparat" meaning television. In German: "fern" means far, "seh" means see, and "apparat" means device/apparatus. The company was mainly known by its German abbreviation "FESE".[3]

Early years[edit]

In 1929 Fernseh AG's original board of directors included: Emanuel Goldberg, Oliver George Hutchinson (for Baird), David Ludwig Loewe, and Erich Carl Rassbach (for Bosch) and Eberhard Falkenstein who did the legal work.[3] Carl Zeiss's company worked alongside the early Bosch company. Much of the early work was in the area of research and development. Along with early TV sets (DE-6, E1, DE10) Fernseh AG made the first "Remote Truck"/"OB van", an "intermediate-film" mobile television camera in August 1932. This was a film camera that had its film developed in the truck and a "telecine" then transmitted the signal almost "live".[4]

Fernseh GmbH[edit]

  • In 1939 Robert Bosch GmbH took complete ownership of Fernseh AG when Zeiss Ikon AG sold its share of Fernseh AG.
  • In 1952 Fernseh moved to Darmstadt, Germany and increase its Broadcast product line.[5]
  • In 1967 Fernseh, by then commonly called "Bosch Fernseh", introduced color TV products. Fernseh offered a full line of video and film equipment: professional video cameras, VTRs and telecine devices. On August 27, 1967 the first color TV program in Germany aired, with a live broadcast from a Bosch Fernseh outside broadcast (OB) van. The networks ZDF, NDR and WDR each acquired a new color OB van from Bosch Fernseh to begin broadcasting in color.

Fernsehanlagen GmbH[edit]

In 1972 Robert Bosch renamed its TV division: Fernsehanlagen GmbH (Fernseh facilities). The company supplied almost all the studio equipment for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

Logo used by Robert Bosch Corporation, Fernseh Division from April 1982 to 1986

Fernseh Inc.[edit]

  • In October 1979 Bell and Howell's TeleMation Inc. Division located in Salt Lake City, Utah, entered a joint venture with Robert Bosch GmbH, Bosch’s Fernseh Division. The new joint venture was call Fernseh Inc., Bosch Fernseh Division was located in Darmstadt, Germany
  • In April 1982 Bosch fully acquired Fernseh Inc., renaming it "Robert Bosch Corporation, Fernseh Division"
  • In 1986 Bosch entered into a new joint venture with Philips Broadcast in Breda, Netherlands. This new Company was called Broadcast Television Systems or BTS inc. Philips had been in the Broadcast market for many years with a line of PC- and LDK- Norelco professional video cameras and other video products.
  • In 1995 Philips Electronics North America Corp. fully acquired BTS Inc., renaming it Philips Broadcast-Philips Digital Video Systems.
  • In March 2001 this division was sold to Thomson SA, the Division was call Thomson Multimedia. In 2002, the French electronics giant Thomson SA also acquired the Grass Valley Group from a private investor that had acquired it three years earlier from Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon, USA. The current name of this division of Thomson is Grass Valley. The Fernseh's Darmstadt factory, near the Darmstadt Train Station and European Space Operations Centre was moved a short distance to Weiterstadt, Germany. (later, Grass Valley was sold to Belden on February 6, 2014, Belden also owns Miranda. )[6]
  • Thomson Film Division, located in Weiterstadt including the product line of Spirit DataCine, Bones Work station, Scanity realtime film scanner and LUTher 3D Color Space converter, was sold to Parter Capital Group.[7] The sale was made public on Sept. 9, 2008 and completed on Dec. 1, 2008. The new Headquarters was still in Weiterstadt, the former Bosch Fernseh — BTS factory. Parter Capital Group continued to have worldwide offices to support products from Weiterstadt, Germany.[8][9] The new name of the company is Digital Film Technology.[10] DFT Digital Film Technology[11] is now part of a new company: Precision Mechatronics GmbH in Weiterstadt, Germany.[12] On October 1, 2012 Precision Mechatronics and DFT were acquired by Prasad Group, part of Prasad Studios.[13][14] In 2013 DFT moved from Weiterstadt to Arheilgen-Darmstadt, Germany.



Photo gallery[edit]


Past and current offices in the cities of acquisitions (see History):

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fernseh.. (Fernseh AG, Fernseh GmbH etc.) manufacturer
  2. ^ Fernsehmuseum - Sie sind im Bereich : Fese Historie Start
  3. ^ a b The Bosch Group - Published in 2004
  4. ^ Sie sind auf der Homepage von Fernsehmuseum Wiesbaden: Fese Historie 1
  5. ^ Fernseh GmbH museum, Farvis Fernsehmuseum Pfungstadt
  6. ^ grassvalley.com belden
  7. ^ http://www.parter-capital.de/en/index.php
  8. ^ Videography, Thomson Sells Thomson Grass Valley Digital Film Transfer Equipment Business - Published in 2008
  9. ^ Parter Capital Group web site
  10. ^ Digital Film Technology web site dft-film.com
  11. ^ dft-film.de - DFT Digital Film Technology - Manufacturer of CCD based telecines and data scanners
  12. ^ precision-mechatronics.com - Precision Mechatronics GmbH Manufacture of DFT Digital Film Technology
  13. ^ Prasad Group, web site
  14. ^ DFT Press Release, Weiterstadt, Germany – October 1, 2012
  15. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh Product list
  16. ^ tvcameramuseum.org List of Fernseh Product
  17. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years, 1935-1941, Fernseh German Television Sets
  18. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years, 1950-1959 Fernseh German Television Sets
  19. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh DE8R model TV, 1939
  20. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years
  21. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years, 1936 German (Berlin) Olympics
  22. ^ earlytelevision.org Fernseh AG TV sets
  23. ^ fernsehen.bplaced.net German prewar TV sets, Producer Fernseh AG
  24. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh, DE6R Radio, 1938
  25. ^ fernseh-gmbh.de TV museum Pfungstadt
  26. ^ radiomuseum.org 1949, Fernseh, Vacuum Tube tester, Farviprüfer
  27. ^ radiomuseum.org 1938, Universal mechanical scanner, Mechanischer Universal Abtaster
  28. ^ School of Information Management & Systems, Michael Buckland, Professor. Emanuel Goldberg, Television & Zeiss Ikon.School of Information Management & Systems, Michael Buckland, Professor. Emanuel Goldberg, Television & Zeiss Ikon, "Fernseh AG made considerable technical advances, ... they developed amazing "intermediate" systems that combined film and television technology both for sending and for receiving."
  29. ^ Technological history of motion pictures and television By Raymond Fielding
  30. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh, Filmgeber F16LP15, 1959
  31. ^ yearlytelevision.org Fernseh Theater TV system,December 1935
  32. ^ Fernsehsender / TV transmitter Fernseh GmbH 1944
  33. ^ radiomuseum.org Regieanlage, directed system, control room
  34. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh Diaabtaster DAT15
  35. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh Filmgeber Telecine 1968
  36. ^ Deutsches Fernsehmuseum Wiesbaden OMY, Film Chain, German site
  37. ^ radiomuseum.org Magnetbandanlage BC M 40A, 1966
  38. ^ BM-20 B & W Quad TVR photo
  39. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh, Videokamera s/w K11 VK9 HA, 1975
  40. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernsehkamera DFFB (KOD) 1958
  41. ^ radiomuseum.org Kontroll-Monitor M32BA28 1960
  42. ^ [2] M21BC9F 1965
  43. ^ radiomuseum.org Oscilloscope, Fernseh, Kontroll-Monitor und Oszilloskop EOv25-75, 1955
  44. ^ radiomuseum.org lab, Oscilloscope, Fernseh
  45. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh AG: Prüfsignalgebersatz PGM 408-003, Test Generator]
  46. ^ vtoldboys.com The Bosch/Philips BCR 1" helical scan that was shown in 1973 and preceded the BCN.
  47. ^ watvhistory BCN 50
  48. ^ broadcasting101.ws KCU-40
  49. ^ broadcasting101.ws KCU-40 rear
  50. ^ KCR hand held professional camera
  51. ^ tvcameramuseum.org KCK-40
  52. ^ Oldboys website Picture of a Bosch KCR-40 and KCA-100 Camera
  53. ^ tvcameramuseum.org KCA 100
  54. ^ broadcasting101.ws Four Bosch cameras, photo only
  55. ^ broadcasting101.ws Setup Camera
  56. ^ broadcasting101.ws Bosch Cameras, 1978 Games, photo only
  57. ^ tvcameramuseum.org list of Bosch cameras
  58. ^ fernseh-gmbh.de Farvis TV-Museum Pfungstadt, Fernseh Cameras
  59. ^ oldtvgear.com kcu-40 page
  60. ^ KCK-40 Camera
  61. ^ tvcameramuseum.org List with pictures of Bosch Cameras
  62. ^ KCN-92 open
  63. ^ oldtvgear.com Color film chain, with Bosch Fernseh KCU-40 camera as PU
  64. ^ adiomuseum.org MC473BA B&W monitor
  65. ^ www.adsausage.com Bocsh MC monitor add
  66. ^ broadcasting101.ws
  67. ^ Bosch made Olympiad 1972 Control Room
  68. ^ Bosch OB Van
  69. ^ RME switch photo
  70. ^ [FRP 60 Control Panel Bosch Fernesh.JPG FRP 60 Control Panel Bosch Fernesh]
  71. ^ Noise reduction, Bosch FDGR
  72. ^ Bosch Noise reduction, FDGR, control panel
  73. ^ Noise reduction, MNR
  74. ^ Oldboys website Quartercam
  75. ^ loreoutlet.dyndns.org on KCP
  76. ^ The History of Television, 1942 to 2000, By Albert Abramson, Christopher H. Sterling
  77. ^ DD10 Switcher
  78. ^ live-production.tv A Brief Review on HDTV in Europe in the early 90’s
  79. ^ tvcameramuseum.org KCH 1000 HDTV camera
  80. ^ videoengineer.net LUTher manual
  81. ^ DFT's SCANITY Audio Option Datasheet
  82. ^ Cinelicious Scanity Press release
  83. ^ Below the Line News Magazine, Scanity, April 26, 2011
  84. ^ Below the Line News Magazine, Scanity in Korea, October 12, 2010
  85. ^ content-technology.com Spice Shop Thailand SCANITY, Dec 14, 2011
  86. ^ Scanity and Sprit Datacine in a control room
  87. ^ Shoot online, SHOOT Publicity Wire, OMNIMAGO Invests in SCANITY for New Production and Archive Scanning Projects, March 22, 2011
  88. ^ dft-film.com, Phantom-II in pdf

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