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The Fernseh AG television company was registered in Berlin on July 3, 1929, by John Logie Baird, Robert Bosch, Zeiss Ikon and D.S. Loewe as partners. John Baird owned Baird Television Ltd. in London, Zeiss Ikon was a camera company in Dresden, D.S. Loewe owned a company in Berlin and Robert Bosch owned a company, Robert Bosch GmbH, in Stuttgart.[1] with an initial capital of 100,000 Reichsmark. Fernseh AG did research and manufacturing of television equipment.[2][3]


The company name "Fernseh AG" is a compound of Fernsehen ‘television’ and Aktiengesellschaft (AG) ‘joint-stock company’. The company was mainly known by its German abbreviation "FESE".[4] See section see also on this page for other uses.

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.[4] 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".[5]

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 increased its broadcast product line.[6]
  • 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. The Darmstadt HQ had over 2000 employees in 1972. In 1972 Fernseh started to manufacture SECAM TV studio equipment for Moscow.

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. Philips sold many of the Spirit DataCines.
  • In March 2001 this Philips 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.)[7]
  • Thomson Film Division, located in Weiterstadt including the product line of Spirit DataCine4k, Bones Work station, Scanity realtime film scanner and LUTher 3D Color Space converter, was sold to Parter Capital Group.[8] 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.[9][8] The new name of the company is Digital Film Technology.[10] DFT Digital Film Technology[11] became 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.


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Photo gallery[edit]


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

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Darmstadt, Fernseh (Fernseh AG, GmbH, FESE, Bosch Fernsehanlagen); Berlin -. "Fernseh ; Berlin - Darmstadt manufacturer in D, Model types".
  2. ^ Fernsehmuseum - Sie sind im Bereich : Fese Historie Start
  3. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh AG
  4. ^ a b "The Bosch Group – Published in 2004". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
  5. ^ Sie sind auf der Homepage von Fernsehmuseum Wiesbaden: Fese Historie 1
  6. ^ Fiona. "Farvis TV museum Pfungstadt".
  7. ^ "Belden Announcement". Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  8. ^ a b "PARTER Capital Group - Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsberatung".
  9. ^ "Creative Planet Network". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.
  10. ^ "Digital Film Technology GmbH - Scanity - HDR Film Scanner".
  11. ^ dft-film.de - DFT Digital Film Technology - Manufacturer of CCD based telecines and data scanners
  12. ^ "Digital Film Technology GmbH - Scanity - HDR Film Scanner".
  13. ^ Group, Prasad. "Prasad Corp - Visual Effects - Digital Archive - Digital Film Restoration - Media Asset Management - Digital Intermediate".
  14. ^ DFT Press Release, Weiterstadt, Germany – October 1, 2012 Archived August 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ broadcasting101, Fernseh
  16. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh Product list
  17. ^ tvcameramuseum.org List of Fernseh Product
  18. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years, 1935-1941, Fernseh German Television Sets
  19. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years, 1950-1959 Fernseh German Television Sets
  20. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh DE8R model TV, 1939
  21. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years
  22. ^ tvhistory.tv Television History — The First 75 Years, 1936 German (Berlin) Olympics
  23. ^ earlytelevision.org Fernseh AG TV sets
  24. ^ fernsehen.bplaced.net German prewar TV sets, Producer Fernseh AG
  25. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh, DE6R Radio, 1938
  26. ^ fernseh-gmbh.de TV museum Pfungstadt
  27. ^ radiomuseum.org 1949, Fernseh, Vacuum Tube tester, Farviprüfer
  28. ^ radiomuseum.org 1938, Universal mechanical scanner, Mechanischer Universal Abtaster
  29. ^ 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."
  30. ^ Technological history of motion pictures and television By Raymond Fielding
  31. ^ Farvimeter
  32. ^ Farvigraph
  33. ^ radiomuseum.org, Slide scanner
  34. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh, Filmgeber F16LP15, 1959
  35. ^ yearlytelevision.org Fernseh Theater TV system, December 1935
  36. ^ Fernsehsender / TV transmitter Fernseh GmbH 1944
  37. ^ radiomuseum.org Regieanlage, directed system, control room
  38. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh Diaabtaster DAT15
  39. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh Filmgeber Telecine 1968
  40. ^ Deutsches Fernsehmuseum Wiesbaden OMY, Film Chain, German site
  41. ^ radiomuseum.org Magnetbandanlage BC M 40A, 1966
  42. ^ "BM-20 B & W Quad TVR photo". Archived from the original on 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  43. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernseh, Videokamera s/w K11 VK9 HA, 1975
  44. ^ radiomuseum.org Fernsehkamera DFFB (KOD) 1958
  45. ^ radiomuseum.org Kontroll-Monitor M32BA28 1960
  46. ^ [2] M21BC9F 1965
  47. ^ radiomuseum.org Oscilloscope, Fernseh, Kontroll-Monitor und Oszilloskop EOv25-75, 1955
  48. ^ radiomuseum.org lab, Oscilloscope, Fernseh
  49. ^ Ukkola. "Prüfsignalgebersatz PGM 408-003 Equipment Fernseh Fernseh AG".
  50. ^ Fernseh NTSC/PAL image-transfer standards converter type NC56 P40sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk
  51. ^ vtoldboys.com The Bosch/Philips BCR 1" helical scan that was shown in 1973 and preceded the BCN.
  52. ^ "1979 Miss Universe BCNs". 11 March 2009.
  53. ^ broadcasting101.ws KCU-40
  54. ^ broadcasting101.ws KCU-40 rear
  55. ^ "bosch portatil". 29 January 2008.
  56. ^ Summers, Brian. "Bosch KCK-40 Television Camera 45° view".
  57. ^ Oldboys website Picture of a Bosch KCR-40 and KCA-100 Camera
  58. ^ Summers, Brian. "Bosch KCA-100 Television Camera".
  59. ^ broadcasting101.ws Four Bosch cameras, photo only
  60. ^ broadcasting101.ws Setup Camera
  61. ^ broadcasting101.ws Bosch Cameras, 1978 Games, photo only
  62. ^ tvcameramuseum.org list of Bosch cameras
  63. ^ fernseh-gmbh.de Farvis TV-Museum Pfungstadt, Fernseh Cameras
  64. ^ oldtvgear.com kcu-40 page
  65. ^ "bosch kck 40, original del 78". 20 May 2006.
  66. ^ "Camera Manufacturers List".
  67. ^ KCN-92 open
  68. ^ oldtvgear.com Color film chain, with Bosch Fernseh KCU-40 camera as PU
  69. ^ adiomuseum.org MC473BA B&W monitor
  70. ^ www.adsausage.com Bocsh MC monitor add
  71. ^ broadcasting101.ws
  72. ^ Bosch made Olympiad 1972 Control Room
  73. ^ Bosch OB Van
  74. ^ "Mixer Bosch Fernseh - a photo on Flickriver".
  75. ^ [FRP 60 Control Panel Bosch Fernesh.JPG FRP 60 Control Panel Bosch Fernesh]
  76. ^ Noise reduction, Bosch FDGR
  77. ^ Bosch Noise reduction, FDGR, control panel
  78. ^ Noise reduction, MNR
  79. ^ "Archive photos R01".
  80. ^ "loreoutlet.dyndns.org on KCP".
  81. ^ The History of Television, 1942 to 2000, By Albert Abramson, Christopher H. Sterling
  82. ^ DD10 Switcher
  83. ^ live-production.tv A Brief Review on HDTV in Europe in the early 90s
  84. ^ Summers, Brian. "Bosch KCH1000 Television Camera".
  85. ^ videoengineer.net LUTher manual
  86. ^ DFT's SCANITY Audio Option Datasheet
  87. ^ "Cinelicious". 12 March 2011.
  88. ^ "Cinelicious Installs Scanity - Below the Line". 26 April 2011.
  89. ^ "Mercury Post Installs SCANITY Film Scanner - Below the Line". 12 October 2010.
  90. ^ "Spice Shop Installs SCANITY High-Speed Film Scanner - Asia-Pacific News".
  91. ^ "Scanity and Sprit Datacine in a control room". Archived from the original on 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  92. ^ Shoot online, SHOOT Publicity Wire, OMNIMAGO Invests in SCANITY for New Production and Archive Scanning Projects, March 22, 2011
  93. ^ dft-film.com, Phantom-II in pdf
  94. ^ DFT Polar HQ

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