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Television Sports Production, 5th Edition by Jim Owens

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Chapter 3What is Television?

Any program, at any time, on any device, at any location.

Frank Beacham, Director and Producer

Defining Television

The word “television” was created from the Greek word “tèle” meaning “far” and the Latin word “visio” meaning “sight.” Traditionally, television directors and producers knew that their final program would be generally viewed on a 19” television set located in a home, transmitted by radio waves. However, in recent years, the definition of television has changed to also embrace new technologies such as large-screen televisions, computers, the Internet, tablets, and smartphones. These changes in the industry have opened the door to many new online entities such as Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube, who can now ...

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