Originally published in 1985, this book surveys developments in cable television in the major industrialised countries with chapters specifically authored on each area. It looks at the technology, its potential, and how far it had been implemented, considering the reaction of governments, existing broadcasting corporations and licensing authorities. Going on to assess future trends, a discussion of the likely effects of cable on communications, society and economy is an enlightening read now.
Introduction Ralph Negrine 1. Cable Television in the United States: A Story of Continuing Growth and Change Vernone Sparkes 2. Cable at the Crossroads: An Analysis of the Canadian Cable Industry André H. Caron and James R. Taylor 3. Cable Television in the Low Countries Kees Brants and Nick Jankonski 4. Cable Television in Great Britain Ralph Negrine 5. Cable Television in France Claude-Jean Bertrand 6. Cable Television in West Germany Michael Schacht and Rolf-Rüdiger Hoffman 7. Cable Television in Australia: A Study of Repose Geoffrey Caldwell 8. Television and Cable Policy in Japan: An Essay Michael Tracey. Glossary
Reissuing works originally published between 1974 and 1999, Routledge Library Editions: Television offers a selection of scholarship covering the exploration of TV. Volumes vary from general texts on the advent, influence or future of broadcasting to specific studies of television and the elderly, cable television, children and television and television in China. These works cross disciplines such as media studies and psychology with obvious interest to sociologists as well and those researching performance arts subjects.