TEAC History

TEAC Background

Since it was first founded in 1953 as the Tokyo Television Acoustic Company, TEAC Corporation's magnetic and optical recording technologies and products have grown and advanced over the past 60 years to encompass the full gamut of advanced state-of-the art digital data, audio and video recording technology.

In the late 1950's, TEAC began providing advanced audio and video recording and playback equipment to the NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation, and developed the world's first slow motion color video recorder for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

In 1972, TEAC developed the world's first videotape cassette, and designed the world's first true airborne video recorder for use in aircraft high performance and reliability environments.

The critical key to TEAC products high performance and reliability was that all TEAC airborne video products were based on 100% TEAC developed technology. It was this high performance and reliability that resulted in TEAC airborne video recorders becoming the certified video recorder for NASA, the Space Shuttle program and the International Space Station.

In 1996, TEAC developed a new line of In-Flight Entertainment products based on this NASA certified technology, designed specifically for the stringent qualification, performance, reliability and logistic supportability requirements for commercial airline operations.

TEAC quickly became the world leader in In-Flight Entertainment audio and video products and TEAC IFE products became the standard for airlines around the world.

In 2004, TEAC spun-off the digital Airborne Video and In-Flight Entertainment businesss as a separate company, TEAC Aerospace Technologies, which was acquired four years later by Goodrich and then United Technologies.

Now, the TEAC In-Flight Entertainment business is returning home to TEAC. And TEAC is proud to once again bring TEAC world class products with the best performance and highest quality and reliability to the commercial airline industry.