The History of Television, 1942-2000

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Starting where the author's The history of television, 1880 to 1941 (McFarland, 1987) left off, this sequel begins with a chapter on TV's role in World War II. A retired CBS network engineer chronicles TV developments including US wartime use of this new medium; technical advances; the rise of electronic journalism; industry competition; and introduction of the VCR, camcorder, high- definition TV, e-cinema, and a universal format for electronic media. Among his predictions for TV's future is the demise of video ...
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Overview

Starting where the author's The history of television, 1880 to 1941 (McFarland, 1987) left off, this sequel begins with a chapter on TV's role in World War II. A retired CBS network engineer chronicles TV developments including US wartime use of this new medium; technical advances; the rise of electronic journalism; industry competition; and introduction of the VCR, camcorder, high- definition TV, e-cinema, and a universal format for electronic media. Among his predictions for TV's future is the demise of video rental stores with the rise of pay-for-view HDTV. Includes rare illustrations and substantial reference notes. Abramson has written about the medium since his Electronic motion pictures: a history of the television camera (U. of California Press, 1955). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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In 1987, McFarland published Abramson's landmark The History of Television, 1880-1941, tracing the early history and initial development of the television medium. This follow-up volume, covering 1942 through 2000, establishes Abramson's effort as the foremost reference work on the technical history of TV. The author, who worked as a cameraman, videotape editor, and sound technician at CBS for 30 years, focuses on the major technical accomplishments during those years. Television during World War II, the rise of videotape, compact and solid-state television cameras, broadcasts from the moon, and the introduction of the camcorder are all given attention. Many black-and-white illustrations accompany the text. No reference work available in print right now matches the attention to detail that is obvious here. A significant work on how the machinery of television has evolved, this, and its companion volume, should stand as the authority for years to come. Highly recommended for communications collections in academic libraries.-David M. Lisa, West Long Branch P.L., NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786412204
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Television and World War II (1942-1945) 3
2 The Postwar Era (1946-1949) 18
3 The Second NTSC and Color (1950-1953) 37
4 The Ampex Revolution (1954-1956) 60
5 Europe Turns Down NTSC (1957-1960) 77
6 From Helicals to High Band (1961-1964) 92
7 Solid-State Cameras (1965-1967) 105
8 Television's Finest Hour: Apollo II (1968-1971) 122
9 The Rise of Electronic Journalism (1972-1976) 140
10 Television Enters the Studios (1977-1979) 173
11 Introduction of the Camcorder (1980-1984) 186
12 The Death of RCA, or the G.E. Massacre (1985-1989) 206
13 The Grand Alliance (1990-1994) 232
14 "E-Cinema" and the 1080p24 Format (1995-2000) 252
Notes 265
Selected Bibliography 301
Index 303
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