The year 1940 looked promising at first, but, unfortunately, television sets were so expensive, with little programming, and with the prospect of world war and uncertainty over jobs, few sets were sold.
RCA had launched its TRK-12 in April, 1939 at $600 (about $7,000 in today's money), and quickly reduced the selling price to $395 (about $4,500) early in 1940. Still, sales lagged. Additionally, they also released a modified TRK-12, called the TRK-120. The bottom edge of the cabinet had a continuous strip of black, instead of having a gap in the middle, and the 'magic eye' tuning tube was removed from the radio. Click here to learn more about television in this era.