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Title: Magic box : the future of television in the digital age
Author: Kaushal, Rakesh
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 4869
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis explores the recent shift to digital television in order to gauge the full importance of the development. It will examine the range of central issues associated with the technology and explain its significance on a number of levels. The project begins by outlining why television has become a core social and civic resource before reviewing the angles from which it has been studied. The second chapter details the methods that have defined the project and the steps involved within the research process. The history of the medium is then detailed to show the actors and organisations responsible for its development and the ideological values they have drawn upon. Digitalisation is then outlined so that the technological differences with analogue are made clear. A chapter on theory follows which attempts to place these insights into a framework so that the shift and its overall importance can be understood. Government policy is next considered as the thesis highlights the political plans that have been devised for digital television and the objectives set out for it. A content study then attempts to compare the programming patterns of the current television system with those of the pre-multichannel era. This chapter aims to point out any significant differences within the content profiles of the two systems. The thesis concludes by drawing all of this together to show the consequences of a shift to digital broadcasting and the ideas that have directed this change.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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