TV Technolog Icon Joe Flaherty Dies At 87

In the 1970’s, Flaherty revolutionized the television news industry by changing the process by which news stories were captured. In the early 1980’s, he began developing high definition television. On Feb. 7, 1981, he demonstrated “Hi-Vision” or HDTV to the Hollywood production community. He also challenged and successfully convinced the Hollywood production community to replace 16/35 mm film, used for primetime television production, with HDTV electronic acquisition and postproduction.