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A history of television theory and practice

A HISTORY OF TELEVISIONTHEORY AND PRACTICE

  • Television has been in existence in Canada since 1952

  • All of the technology was in place for television to begin in the late thirties but…


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CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) a publically funded television broadcaster was established by Parliament to:

Foster Canadian unity and identity

To provide entertainment and information in both English and French

To serve the various regions of Canada

CRTC – Canadian Radio and Television Commission

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A HISTORY OF TELEVISIONTHEORY AND PRACTICE

  • Economics

    • Broadcasters generate income by selling advertising time to advertisers in 15, 30 and 60 second units or “spots.”

    • Primetime spots, which fall between 8:00pm and 11:00 are the most expensive


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A HISTORY OF TELEVISIONTHEORY AND PRACTICE

  • Advertisers buy time according to the number and type of consumers watching at a particular moment

  • The science of finding this information is called demographics


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A HISTORY OF TELEVISIONTHEORY AND PRACTICE

  • The entire economic order of television. The business plan has been turned upside down due to technology.

  • DVR/PVRs that enable viewers to skip commercials.

The Hopper Satellite DVR on DISH network includes:

Primetime Anytime" functionality, which automatically records primetime programming off the four major U.S. television networks,

"AutoHop", which allows commercials to automatically be removed from these recordings.


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  • Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu also have caused a great deal of upheaval in the traditional TV market. Netflix itself is becoming a producer of TV (House of Cards and Orange is the New Black)

  • In the Canadian context many Canadians now use proxy services to get American streaming services


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A HISTORY OF TELEVISIONTHEORY AND PRACTICE

  • Piracy and bit-torrent technology have made it possible to download any programing on any channel after it airs.

  • Television networks must find a delicate balance


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  • The re-rise of over the air antenna based digital television

  • A company called Aereo in the US rents antenna signals over the internet for $8 per month.

  • This validity of service is in the Supreme Court.


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