Interactive Television Production

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Taylor & Francis, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 273 pages
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Interactive Television Production is essential reading for all broadcasting and new media professionals - whether in production, marketing, technology, business or management. It will also be of interest to media students and anyone looking to get an insight into the future of television production. It provides a practical, step-by-step guide to the processes and issues involved in taking an interactive television idea through to being an operational service - based on the knowledge and experience of leading interactive television producers.

This book can be used as a quick-and-easy reference guide, with each chapter containing a 'Chapter in 30 seconds' summary for easy reference, or read from cover to cover. Using accessible language, the author provides detailed descriptions of iTV software technologies (OpenTV, MHEG-5, TV Navigator), delivery technologies (cable, satellite and terrestrial) and production tools. There are also entire chapters devoted to key issues like the commercial side of iTV and the latest work on usability and design.

The accompanying web site contains useful links designed to help with common iTV questions and issues. There are also entertaining quizzes for each chapter that let you test your knowledge of the concepts introduced in the book.

* Assumes no technical background but covers the subject comprehensively - a quick-start guide to the technology and processes of iTV

* Shows how to design for target audiences and implement usability research

* View best practice from real world case studies of leading iTV companies worldwide.

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Making money
Chapter 5 Usability and design
Chapter 6 The future
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About the author (2003)

Head of Production Development for BBC Resources, he is responsible for innovation and the development of new production technologies and services. He also has years of experience of building interactive television services for broadcasters and platform operators. Formerly Executive Producer in charge of new media production at news broadcaster ITN, he was responsible for the launch of the ITN News Channel interactive television channel and ITV Election 2001 interactive television services. He was also Manager of Enhanced Television at Cable and Wireless Communications, where he helped build the UK's first digital interactive-cable platform.

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