The end of television as we know it

Television has always been a medium in transition. Since its commercial introduction almost 70 years ago it has been affected by innovations on the material, the interface, and socio-economic aspects of the medium. Innovations such as the remote control and VCR-recorder changed the way people interacted with television and media. Innovation in technology introduced color tv, widescreen dimension, and interactive applications. Governmental regulations and institutions such as the FCC, influenced the broadcasting landscape by regulating and later on deregulating the industry (their latest move is the approval of the merger between Comcast and NBC Universal).

In 2006 the IBM institute for business value presented a research paper which was titled: ‘The end of television as we know it; a future industry perspective’. It was based on an in-depth study of the recent developments in the field and part of an ‘ongoing commitment to provide analysis and viewpoints that help companies realize business value’. It provided a future look of the mid-term future (circa 2012).

This blog looks beyond this ‘mid-term future’ and analyses the past, present, and future, and how innovation will change both the technology and cultural form of television. Furthermore, this blog supports me in writing my graduate thesis about the convergence of new media and television.

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About the author:

Geert Faber graduated with a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the Free University in Amsterdam and is currently graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in Media & Culture specializing in New Media and Television studies. Beside graduating he works as an E-business and Social Media consultant and blogs for new media conferences.

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