Dive into the origins and manufacturing of RCA TVs. While RCA boasts a rich American history, today’s RCA TVs have diverse manufacturing roots, spanning from China to Mexico.
Uncover the nuances behind licensing, branding, and the true birthplaces of RCA televisions.
Are RCA TVs made in America (USA)?
RCA TVs are not made in the United States. A small number of RCA TVs are made in Mexico, but a huge number are made in China.
However, RCA TVs were once made in the United States. In 1954, RCA made the first color TVs in Bloomington, Indiana. They no longer do.
Where are RCA TVs made?
If you Google “where are RCA TVs made”, you’ll see they are licensed by Curtis International Limited, a Canadian company. However, you won’t find much info about where these TVs are made. To find out where RCA TVs are made, I checked the back of my 55” RCA Smart Roku TV for its location and serial number.
My RCA TV was made in China.
This 49” RCA TV was also made in China.
This 52” RCA TV was distributed by ON Corp US, Inc. which is based in San Diego, but it’s clear that this particular appliance was made in China.
This 32” RCA TV, for example, was assembled in Holland. It was imported to the Netherlands, so the parts and components could be from China.
And lastly, here’s a rare sight. This RCA TV was made in Mexico.
From the pictures I shared, most RCA TVs are made in China, but some are from Mexico. These TVs, however, are licensed by a Canadian company.
Is RCA a Chinese company?
RCA is an American company and exists as a multinational trademark brand owned by Talisman Brands, Inc.
Although the company no longer uses the brand directly, it licenses the RCA trademark to other companies for use on various products along 10 different product lines.
For example, RCA Televisions are licensed under Curtis International Ltd. (Canada), while RCA Audio/Video is licensed under Voxx International (United States).
RCA TVs are licensed, marketed, and distributed by Curtis International Limited from Mississauga, Canada. However, this company doesn’t manufacture them.
Curtis International Ltd. stated on their website, “Please note we did not manufacture this model television.” Even if a TV has a familiar brand name, the model might not be closely linked to the company that built the brand.
This fact applies to RCA TVs. Though licensed by a Canadian firm, most of these TVs are made in China, with some in Mexico.