Our History

A little bit of History


In 1997 the first flat screen television was introduced.


Though it was the same picture size, it was less than two thirds the weight of the conventional tube television.  From that point on as the flat screen gained popularity the resolutions got better, the sizes bigger and the demand for slimmer televisions increased. Why is that?  Cultural anthropology reveals our inert nature to continue to improve the designs of our living spaces and enhance lifestyles.  At Aquavision we have always believed televisions should be built in the wall to blend into the home décor.  We introduced the first in-wall television in 1997 and, since it remains the most pervasive technology in the home, we believe it deserves its pride of place.  Despite changing viewing habits due to the technological media revolution, television viewing is on the rise!


Knowing television is ‘hard-wired’ into 21st century culture, this spurred us on to pioneer a number of “world’s first” products.
We are proud innovators of waterproof televisions and remain the only company to manufacture an expansive range of high performance in wall televisions from 16” – 85”.


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Technology Timeline


1997 – Wi-Fi launched

              Alastair Benn created the first waterproof television for the bathroom


1998 – MP3 Player was invented

              UK Prototypes were being converted into production units


1999 – The computer mouse is used for scrolling your arrow around the computer monitor

              Bathroom televisions introduced to various hotel chains. Available in 6.4” and as a “monitor” only


2000 – Sony PlayStation 2 launched

               1st order for hotels came from Fullers brewery for new hotels in Bristol and London as we enter a new millennium


2001 – iPod launched

              More than 300 Aquavision products being installed in hotels


2002 – Camera phones introduced to North America

               Bathroom television launched into the Custom Install and Bathroom retail market. Launched as a 15” fully functioning television. Aquavision TV debut Featured on “Better Homes” TV

               program with Carol Vordeman


2003 –Launch of iTunes Music Store

              Range expanded into a 17” widescreen television and later a 23” widescreen. “Classic” bezel was introduced. New model featured the all new HDMI socket


2004 – Facebook launched

               Range expanded to include World’s first 32” and 40” screens with new digital tuners


2005 – YouTube launched

               Series 4 launched. All models were available with digital receivers. World’s first bathroom television with full RS232 control


2006 –Twitter created

              Range was changed to being all widescreen televisions. First “high-brightness” waterproof TV created as a 46” HD Ready


2007 – iPhone launched

              Frameless range launched with 17” and 24” screen sizes


2008 – Amazon Kindle hits the market

              First 17” & 23” television upgrades introduced compatible with existing fixings


2009 – WhatsApp launched

               All panels were changed to LED back light


2010 – iPad launched

              Depths of all our televisions reduced to class leading 2” for smaller screens & 2.5” for larger screens


2011 – Microsoft launch Kinect 2 technology

              Aquavision Distribution was launched as the UK’s exclusive factory for the manufacture and distribution of bespoke, waterproof and in-wall televisions


2012 – Tesla launch the world’s first premium electric car

              Genesis, Nexus and Pinnacle television platforms launched. World’s first waterproof smart TV with full android integration. Silhouette surface mount option released. World’s first

              HDBaseT television launched


2013 – Aquavision open their own New York office.  Connect Active, the world’s first HDBaseT television to be powered over a single CAT5 cable was launched by Aquavision


2014 – iWatch launched

               Aquavision Launch world’s first 4K waterproof television range


2015 – Google launch road tests for self-driving cars

              Aquavision launch professional audio system for the domestic market. Launch world’s largest 85” 4K waterproof and in-wall television