ERIC Number: ED066205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Potential Role of Cable Television in Wideband Distribution Systems.
Feldman, N. E.
Community antenna television (CATV) is particularly important because of its potential for economically supplying a large number of channels, for providing viewer feedback, and for at least partially shifting the basis of programing support from the advertiser to the viewer. This study examines these aspects of CATV in order to accomplish the following: (1) assess current and future technology, (2) determine feasible directions of network growth, and (3) indicate the planning and regulation required to obtain maximum social benefit. CATV has the potential for providing (1) a vast number of television channels; (2) a signal quality for the most poorly located viewer far superior to that currently available to the most favored viewer of broadcast television; and (3) such new services as truly local origination and viewer feedback, or interactive programming. These features offer the possibility for drastic changes in both commercial television and formal and informal instruction. Whether CATV is merely one more profitable business or whether it becomes a major tool for revolutionizing society's ability to cope with its problems depends on our willingness to support broad technology and policy studies, and to devise and evaluate meaningful experiments delineating the medium's problems and possibilities. (Author/SJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
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