ERIC Number: ED242283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Review of Telecommunications Technologies and Public Broadcasting.
Carey, John; Moss, Mitchell
Intended to help public broadcasters make informed decisions on the use of the new technologies to enhance their services and programming, this report outlines the relative strengths and weaknesses of new applications, describes selected options that may be available to public broadcasting, and provides cost and market projections to enable broadcasters to make reasonable assessments of how the markets for new technology are developing and services that public broadcasting can provide. Capabilities of the new technologies are explained, as well as how these characteristics relate to user needs and public broadcasting's mandate. A historical perspective on the development of new communications technologies is followed by descriptions of 14 technologies that may be available to public broadcasting. These technologies are analyzed in terms of their market development and potential applications: teletext, videotext, specialized cable, interactive cable, videocassettes, teleconferencing, microcomputers, high definition television (HDTV), low-power television (LPTV), subscription television (STV), multipoint distribution services (MDS), digital audio, subsidiary communications authorization (SCA), and direct broadcast satellites (DBS). Thirty-four tables display data on market growth and a 10-item bibliography is provided. (LMM)
Descriptors: Cable Television, Marketing, Microcomputers, Prediction, Programing (Broadcast), Public Television, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer, Teleconferencing, Videodisc Recordings, Videotape Cassettes, Videotape Recordings, Videotex
Corporate Communications, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1111 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($5.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.