What better to watch the Moon landing on than your brand-new 1969 television set?
RCA, Magnavox and Zenith all debuted new TV lines that year, each with their own unique selling point. Televisions themselves were no longer novel by 1969 (not even colour ones), and so manufacturers were forced to develop new features that could potentially entice people to part with even more of their hard-earned cash.
Luckily, they didn’t have to look too far. Televisions of the day were utilitarian, with simple channel dials and volume knobs. The youngest child in the family usually served as the remote control! The TV repairman was a not-infrequent visitor. And colour was kind of meh.
But there were new TVs with solutions for all these problems –for $$$.