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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

In 1929 Fernseh [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

  • 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

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.

  • 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 world wide 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.



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