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On 2 November 1936 the BBC opened the world's first regular service of high definition television, from studios and transmitters at Alexandra Palace, North London. Its range was about 35 miles, though only 25 had been predicted. For a trial period, the 405-line Marconi-EMI system and the 240-line Baird system were used during alternate weeks. Though Baird's engineers were experimenting with an electronic camera it never became operational as the system depended mainly upon a process whereby film ran straight from a cine-camera into developing and fixing tanks, to be transmitted, still wet, 54 seconds after exposure. As well as an eratic and unpredicaible picture quality, the apparatus proved unreliable. Further, this camera system was confined to studio use, with restricted and limited movement. However, the Emitron was mobile, flexible and easy to use and subsequently outclassed the Baird system which was dropped within 3 months.
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