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Television Versus the Internet

Book Description

This book will explore the questions raised by the technological developments that have encouraged the multiplication of TV channels. TV is moving through a period of rapid change. Governments around the world are switching from analogue to digital forms of transmission to further expand the amount of content that TV signals can carry. At the same time, competition for eyeballs has also grown from outside that traditional marketplace with the emergence of the Internet. The roll-out of broadband and increased bandwidth has had the greatest impact on television because online technology can readily convey the same content. All these changes have created a great deal more competition for viewers within the traditional TV marketplace. The Internet has proven to be especially popular with young people who have adopted its applications to a far greater extent than their elders, though even the latter have now begun to take up online activities in significant numbers. Are these audiences the same? Do people make a choice between these two media or do they use them both at different times and for different reasons? Can television utilise the Internet in profitable ways to enhance its market position? Will television have to evolve from its current state to provide the kinds of content reception services to which people have become accustomed in the online world? If it does need to change to survive, will this nevertheless mean a radical new configuration of content and the disappearance of ‘channels’ with fixed, pre-determined programme schedules?

  • Examines the implications of new interactive communications technologies for the way people will use television in the future
  • Presents an analysis of changing styles of television viewing and changing orientations towards television
  • Examines the growing importance of the broadband internet as a source of information and entertainment

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Preface
  6. About the author
  7. Chapter 1: Audience evolution patterns
    1. Growth of media supply and television viewing
    2. Growth of the Internet
    3. Implications of media expansion
    4. The position of television in society
    5. Changing patterns of consumption
    6. Does one medium cannibalise another?
    7. Models of displacement
    8. Increase–decrease relationship
    9. Competition or synergy?
    10. Ensuring access, diversity and quality
    11. Concluding remarks
  8. Chapter 2: The importance of television and the Internet to media consumers
    1. How important is television to people today?
    2. The importance of digital
    3. The importance of channels
    4. Are we satisfied with television channels?
    5. The importance of programme service values
    6. The importance of programme genres
    7. Behavioural evidence of what is important to media consumers
    8. The importance of the Internet
    9. Concluding remarks
  9. Chapter 3: The functional overlaps of television and the Internet
    1. The importance of media motives
    2. The attraction of the Internet
    3. Conditional displacement
    4. Overlapping functional displacement of television by the Internet
    5. Non-overlapping functional displacement of television by the Internet
    6. Concluding remarks
  10. Chapter 4: The future of television as an information source
    1. The valued attributes of television news
    2. Television versus the Internet
    3. Importance of different information sources
    4. Importance of different news sources: Internet users versus non-users
    5. The future for television news
    6. Time devoted to television news
    7. Levels of use of online news
    8. Receptivity of new news sources
    9. News source displacement
    10. Credibility of offline versus online news
    11. Importance of news brands
    12. Concluding remarks
  11. Chapter 5: The future of television as an entertainment source
    1. Perceived importance of different entertainment sources
    2. The Internet as an entertainment source
    3. Video viewing online
    4. Continuous measurement of online video viewing
    5. Online video viewing versus television
    6. Video game playing
    7. Concluding remarks
  12. Chapter 6: Future audiences, future services
    1. Television versus the Internet: continuing distinctions
    2. The promise of digital
    3. Future audiences
    4. Final thoughts
  13. References
  14. Index