This book examines the economic, political, and technological forces that are shaping the future of broadcasting in advanced industrialized nations by comparing the transition from analog to digital TV in the US and Britain. Digital TV involves a major reordering of the broadcast sector that requires governments to rethink governance tools for the digital media era. By looking at how the transition is unfolding in these nations, the book uncovers the political underpinnings of the emerging governance regime for digital communications and explores the implications of the transition for the development of the Information Society in the US and Europe. The findings challenge much conventional wisdom about media deregulation and the globalization of communications. The transition to digital TV has not weakened but rather reinforced government control over broadcasting. Moreover, contrary to what many globalization theories would predict, it has reinforced preexisting differences in the organization of media across nations.
• In-depth study about the politics of digital TV in the US and Britain • Offers a political economy perspective about media globalization and the regulation of digital media • Unique comparative study of communication and information technology policies in the US and Europe
List of figures and tables; Preface and acknowledgements; List of acronyms and abbreviations; Part I. A Political Economy of Digital TV: 1. Introduction; 2. Why digital TV?; Part II. The American Road to Digital TV: 3. The genesis of broadcast regulation in the United States; 4. HDTV comes to America; 5. A new bargain; 6. A long journey; Part III. The British Road to Digital TV: 7. The European context; 8. The birth and evolution of analog TV in the United Kingdom; 9. Being first: the Digital TV race; 10. Murdoch phobia?; 11. Digital TV and the new Labour; Part IV. New Television, Old Politics: 12. One goal, many paths; 13. Explaining national variations in digital TV policies; 14. Conclusion: the regulation of digital communications and the resilience of national regimes; References; Index.
'The book gives a detailed overview of the digitalization processes of the two countries, and this comparative approach enables a thorough and interesting discussion about the forces that drive political change in the area of television. … an important contribution to the literature about digital television. … Galperin's New Television, Old Politics is an interesting book. It is to be recommended to all interested in how digital technology affects the political economy of television in general - and to those interested in the specific developments in Britain and the US.' European Journal of Communication
'This is an important contribution to the debate on PSB that will also be profitably studies by those concerned with the wider issue of the cultural impact of the free market.' Political Studies Review