Television in the Multichannel Age: A Brief History of Cable Television
2. Cable Pre-history and the Community Antenna Pioneers: before 1960.
3. Regulatory Beginnings: 1960-7.
4. "Blue Sky": 1968-74.
5. Cable Meets Satellite: 1975-80.
6. The Satellite Years: 1980-92.
7. Multichannel Television's Mature Years: 1993-Present.
8. The View from 2007: The Future of Multichannel Television.
--Jim Schwoch, Northwestern University
“The author … has done a good job of condensing sixty years of cable history into a tight, well-organized summary. An excellent overview of the industry.” Television Quarterly<!--end-->
“Mullen writes in an accessible style, tackles both technical and business history, and adds a dash of colorful business people. She also wisely includes international developments as a counterpoint to this very American story. Recommended.” Choice
"Mullen writes in an accessible style, tackles both technical and business history, and adds a dash of colorful business people. She also wisely includes international developments as a counterpoint to this very American story." R.W. Morrrow, Morgan State University
- Guides the reader through the history of multichannel television from its origins in the ‘40s to the modern age
- Discusses factors that influence today’s television landscape including government policy-making, emerging technologies, and the public’s programming tastes
- Concentrates on domestic multichannel technologies while considering global impacts of these technologies
- Includes newly discovered oral history transcripts, personal interviews, government documents, and never before seen photographs
- Presents a fascinating history of media that have come to play critical roles in today’s society, and in doing so invites the reader to speculate on the future of multichannel television