Magic or Curse? World TV day 2015

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The Big TV

Through the years television has been celebrated and denounced for its influence. In 1996 the United Nations designated November 21 as World Television Day “not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world,” the UN stated. While in the US and other countries TV is decidedly high-tech, other places it is not. Reuters took a look at people watching television all over the world to celebrate World Television Day.

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REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Homemade TV

A technician checks the channels on a homemade television set at a market in Karachi, Pakistan. A handmade television set is a blend of secondhand monitor picture tubes and assembled circuit cards, which are available in the market at prices of around Pakistani Rupees 3500 to 4200 ($34 and $41) each depending on size.

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REUTERS/Mark Makela

Holy TV

A stage and theatrical technician sets up a jumbotron for general admission viewing at an Independence Hall event with Pope Francis during his US visit this year.

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REUTERS/ Ueslei Marcelino


Boys watch a screening of a World Cup Group soccer match in at the slum of Varjao on the outskirts of Brasilia.

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REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

Factory TV

A babysitter stands at the entrance of a makeshift home, part of the Nova Tuffy slum, in an abandoned factory in Rio de Janeiro.

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REUTERS/ Mohamed Abdullah


A Free Syrian Army fighter watches U.S. President Barack Obama's speech with his family in Ghouta, Damascus in 2013.

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REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

More influence?

A Sudanese from the Bedouin ethnic group sits inside his house near the collection site for Trona, a natural form of sodium carbonate minerals, from Oasis Natron in Malha, a town in Sudan's North Darfur.

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REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Small space

A resident watches TV in a common area in front of his bed that he rents for $167 as his home in Hong Kong.

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REUTERS/Susana Vera

Hot tub

Antonio Gabarri takes a bath as he watches TV at his grandparents' house in the Spanish gypsy settlement of Puerta de Hierro outside Madrid.

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REUTERS/Susana Vera

Big sports

A production control room in Digital Center 2, a new 194,000 sq. ft building on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Connecticut.

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REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

Tight space

A trader watches television as he sits in his shop in a television, satellite and computer shopping center in Kabul.

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REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Serious shock waiting happen

Residents watch television at their flooded house in Bangkok.

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REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

For the pigs

An employee watches a live broadcast of departments of a new modernized pig farm owned by the Sangilen Plus agrarian holding outside Podsopki village near Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The farm, which is still under construction, is aimed at the breeding of 14,000 pigs a year, in case you were wondering.

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REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer


Children are pictured watching the television inside the Saint-Merri gymnasium in Paris.

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REUTERS/Laurence Tan

Reruns no doubt

A Mongolian girl watches television in a house at a tourist campsite in Mongolia's Bulgan province.

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REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad


A Myanmar refugee family play in their lounge at their flat which they share with three other relatives in Kuala Lumpur.

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REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

You knew there would be a cat

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny speaks during a televised address as a cat stands on a chair in a house in Donegal in 2013.

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REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl


Women watch a video of the late Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on television as they attend a ceremony to mark his death anniversary at a mosque in northern Tehran.

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REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Sing along

Mustafa Bey gets his haircut from barber Habib Ahad at "A Whole Nu Look" barbershop near Whitney Houston's funeral at Hope Baptist Church in Newark in 2012.

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REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


Maria Sharapova look-alikes watch Maria Sharapova's match on television in a media room at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California.

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REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin


A local resident watches a TV broadcast of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's news conference, in Kiev in 2014.

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REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

War crimes

A street vendor watches a live broadcast of the verdict being delivered by a United Nations-backed court in the Hague convicting former Liberian president Charles Taylor of war crimes, in the country's capital Freetown during 2012.

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REUTERS/Arko Datta

Slumdog millionaire

Neighbors of Azharuddin Ismail, who acted in 'Slumdog Millionaire,' gather to watch the 81st Academy Awards presentation on television outside their homes in Mumbai in 2009.

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REUTERS/Mark Wallheiser

Only in the US

Racing fans watch racing on their television atop their van in the infield area of Daytona International Speedway.

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REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Sphere of influence

Curators from the Smithsonian Museum of American History take away the yellow Tyvek suits used in the award-winning television series "Breaking Bad" in Washington November 10, 2015. Memorabilia from the show was donated to the Museum of American History.

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Bike TV

Shen Yuxi (L), introduces analysis software to investors at a “street stock salon” in central Shanghai, China, September 5, 2015. Shen carries a TV screen on his electronic bike to the "salon" every weekends where he sets it up on the wall outside a brokerage house. Shen's been selling analysis software at "the salon" for more than 10 years.

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REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Lonely TV

A television set is seen inside a home in Rabat's Medina September 23, 2014. UNESCO made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a "must-see destination." But it seems the tourist hordes have yet to find out.

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REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Made in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping is shown on a big screen at Tiananmen Square.

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TV tech.

Diagram explaining the different TV display technologies in use today.