If you want to purchase one of these babies though, you will have your work cut out for you. This is because the production of CRTs ended in the early 2000s due ro the development of the more compact LCD screens. What better thing to talk about that the technology that led to the demise of CRTs. LCD screens are thin displays that are usually used for laptop and television screens. The acronym represents "Liquid Crystal Display". It functions through a specially designed flat panel that can obstruct or act as a passage for light. The panel is divided into segments and each contains liquid crystals.