Television in the Multichannel Age: A Brief History of Cable Television

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Wiley, Feb 11, 2008 - Performing Arts - 238 pages
Television in the Multichannel Age is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the history of multichannel television in all its forms – from cable to direct-to-home satellite and beyond. Chapter by chapter, the book traces the evolution of cable television from its pre-historical origins in the late 1940s to the communications satellites and DBS distribution systems of the modern digital age, both in the U.S. and internationally.

  • Guides the reader through the history of multichannel television from its origins in the ‘40s to the modern age
  • Discusses factors that influence today’s television landscape including government policy-making, emerging technologies, and the public’s programming tastes
  • Concentrates on domestic multichannel technologies while considering global impacts of these technologies
  • Includes newly discovered oral history transcripts, personal interviews, government documents, and never before seen photographs
  • Presents a fascinating history of media that have come to play critical roles in today’s society, and in doing so invites the reader to speculate on the future of multichannel television

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Cable Prehistory and the Community Antenna

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About the author (2008)

Megan Mullen is Associate Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Humanities Program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She is the author of Cable Television Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution (2003). She was also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship for 2005-2006.

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