Time base correction is an enabling technology that crops up everywhere; not just in broadcasting.
The finite speed of light, and indeed of all communication has various impacts on broadcasting.
The need for synchronization rears its head in so many different endeavors that it has to be accepted as one of the great enabling technologies.
The conversion of monochrome TV to color was quite a trick, but it came at a cost.
One of the earliest and most widespread applications of synchronizing was in television.
Synchronizing became extremely important with the growth of AC power systems, which ended up being used to synchronize all sorts of equipment, from Radar to television.
The peculiarities of the motion of planet Earth are responsible for much more than seasons and the midnight sun and it took a while before it was all figured out.