Digital Broadcasting

Digital Broadcasting

Policy and Practice in the Americas, Europe and Japan

Edited by Martin Cave and Kiyoshi Nakamura

Digital television is transforming both broadcasting and, as a result of convergence, the larger world of communications. The impending analogue switch-off will have a major impact on households all over the developed world. Digital Broadcasting considers the effects of digital television on the availability, price and nature of broadcast services in the Americas, Europe and Japan. It shows how this depends upon what platforms – cable, satellite, fixed or wireless broadband – countries have available for use and also upon government policies and regulatory interventions.

Foreword

Edited by Martin Cave and Kiyoshi Nakamura

Subjects: economics and finance, public sector economics, innovation and technology, technology and ict

Extract

This volume originated in a conference at Waseda University in Tokyo, chaired by one of us (Nakamura) which heard presentations on the development of digital television from authors from Asia, Europe and the United States. We have since extended the material by adding additional perspectives from a greater number of European countries and from Latin America. A number of thematic issues, particularly relating to platform competition and digital rights, have also been addressed. We believe the volume provides an account of the state of play in a number of major countries, forgotten with analyses of where digital broadcasting is likely to go, and to take the communications sector more widely. We are grateful to Gill Allen for help in preparing the manuscript and to Alice Cave for editorial assistance. Martin Cave Kiyoshi Nakamura viii