How Industrial Norms And Conditions That Matter On Television Content

1837 Words Dec 15th, 2016 8 Pages
How industrial norms and conditions that matter to television content because they create specific textual outcomes, norms of each television era have made certain types of programs more likely and as the norms and conditions have changed so has the range of textual possibility. For example, the introduction of subscription supported channels led to programs that would not have been allowed on broadcast networks. Because channels that function under this economic model require programming that will is considered valuable enough to entice viewers to pay for their service and are not restricted by the same strict regulations as ad-supported networks, they must provide programs that views cannot find elsewhere, which leads them to push boundaries that ad-supported networks cannot. For these reasons, shows like Sex and the City were able to air on HBO despite their explicit sexual content, very narrow audiences, shortened season length, and flexible content length (also due to lack of commercials), which had further artistic consequences in that more money could be spent on fewer episodes, giving them greater production values despite a small audience.

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1) Pat Weaver’s programming strategy during his time as NBC’s president (1949-55) was to focus on expanding the network’s affiliates and promote the purchase of television sets and he did so through a mix of live spectaculars and event programming (onetime programs geared toward specific audiences aired at…

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