Screening in High Standard: Innovating Film and Television in a Digital Age Through High Definition

Screening in High Standard: Innovating Film and Television in a Digital Age Through High Definition

Bas Agterberg (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch128
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the innovation of television by looking at the development of high definition television (HDTV). It argues that the way that the interaction of technological, industrial, and political actors has been crucial in several stages of the development of this innovation. Central question is how industry, broadcasters, and consumers have debated and defined a medium and consequently redefine a medium through innovations. The complexity and the way actors have played a part within the changing media environment is analyzed by looking at the necessity for technological change of the television standard, by relating the media film and television in transition from analogue to digital and by studying case studies of political debates and policy in Europe and the United States.

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