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Technology, television and competition : the politics of digital TV / Jefffrey A. Hart
Bib ID 3080601
Format BookBook
Author
Hart, Jeffrey A
 
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Description Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004 
xiv, 248 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0521826241
Summary

"In the late 1980s and 1990s, the advanced industrial countries considered replacing the existing analog television infrastructure with a new digital one. A key common feature to the debates over digital TV (DTV) in the United States, Western Europe, and Japan was the eventual victory of the ideas of digitalism (the superiority of everything digital over everything analog) and of digital convergence (the merging of computing, telecommunications, and broadcasting infrastructures made possible by digitalization) in public debates over standards. Jeffrey Hart's book shows how nationalism and regionalism combined with digitalism to produce three different and incompatible DTV standards in the three regions, an outcome which has led to missed opportunities in developing the new technologies. Hart's book contributes to our understanding of relations between business and government, and of competition between the world's great economic powers."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The institutional setting for advanced TV
  • 3. Digital convergence: consumer electronics
  • 4. HDTV in Japan
  • 5. HDTV in the United States
  • 6. HDTV in Europe
  • 7. Digital television in the United States
  • 8. Digital television in Europe and Japan
  • 9. Examples of global standards
  • 10. Conclusions.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects High definition television -- United States.  |  High definition television -- Government policy -- United States.  |  High definition television -- Europe.  |  High definition television -- Government policy -- Europe.  |  High definition television -- Japan.  |  High definition television -- Government policy -- Japan.  |  Competition, International.

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