Happy Birthday RIP Seymour Cray(1925–1996) Edward “Ed” Sullivan(1901–1974) James “J.T.” Walsh(1943–1998) ; Brigitte Bardot–87 Jeffrey Jones–75 Jane “Janeane” Garofalo–57 Leilani Sarelle Figalan–55 Mira Sorvino–54 Naomi Watts–53 Lucas Bryant–43 Hilary Duff–34 ; 1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month after its release . Later NTSC is adopted as the standard for video output. Approximately 1953. The standard color broadcast occurred in 1954. Today networks are obligated by federal law to broadcast in HD for free. A simple antenna can work for this.