Learning Objectives

After studying this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the development of television from its invention to HDTV today.
  • Explain how cable/satellite television, recorders such as VCRs and DVRs, and the adoption of digital television have transformed the television industry.
  • Discuss the issue of racial and ethnic diversity on television.
  • Identify three key reasons why viewers watch television.
  • Discuss the problem of broadcast decency, using examples.
  • Explain how streaming video services are changing TV in the twenty-first century.