Origins of TV- Cathode Ray invented in the late 1880s, then came electronic
transmission, and its world wide debut in 1939 at world fair.
Quiz Show Scandals- 21 Herbert Stemple supposed to win, giving Charles van doren
answers, changed way world viewed game shows, no single sponsor.
Know Three Major Trends of Programming- News culture like NBC and CBS, Dramatic
culture with anthology dramas and episodic series with chapter shows like CSI and Serial
programs like soap operas, and Comedic culture which includes sketch comedy, and
Reality TV’s popularity- First one ever is an American Family in 1973, now many kinds
explosion in 2000, very popular.
Major Networks and Public TV
The decline of the networks- Three factors. First, Satellite transmission of cable which
sprang loose in 1972, second, home video which enabled time-shifting, and third, digital
technology, which allows for streaming and downloading. (must-carry rules, access
channel mandates, and cable’s role is as an electronic publisher and a common carrier.)
The economics of television- Primetime production and distribution, syndication keeps
shows going, measuring TV viewing, Internet.
Know terms such as narrowcasting, wilmax, and MSOs
The three rules by the FCC in 1972- Local communities, states, and the FFC were to
regulate cable, new systems would have a minimum of twenty channels, there would be
carriage of all local stations, there would be regulations on importing distant signals, and
pay cable services would be approved.
The telecommunications act of 1996- FCC knocks down regulatory barrier, allowing
regional phone companies, long distance carriers, and cable operators to enter one
Basic cable vs Premium cable- Basic cable services are local and community access with
satellite channels such as MTV and CNN. Premium cable services include a wide range
of special channels like HBO, Pay per view, and on demand.
Satellite TV (DBS) Pros and cons- FCC restricts DBS development through the 70s and