Whatever they say about Russia being the homeland of elephants, but television nevertheless owes its appearance to Russia and the Russians – to Rosing, Zvorykin, and Grabovsky. When the increased demand of viewers required taking the next step – color images on the screen, Soviet Union also did not end up in the tail of progress.
It turned out that it was possible to transmit color images in several ways. Each country chose its own. Being a rebel, France did not want to join forces with Germany and England in the development of the PAL system, but ended up in a company of the USSR.
The Soviet-French standard was called SECAM, according to the French words denoting a color memory system.
The USSR and France lost the race for European priority in color broadcasting, being 3 months behind England and a little over a month behind Germany.
On October 1, 1967, the air signals that allow one to see the image in color began to be sent simultaneously in Moscow and France. The color picture was filmed in Moscow on Shabolovka, and broadcast through Ostankino.
We don't know how things went in France, but our color TVs started to sell same-day with the start of color broadcasting.