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The History of Television, 1942 to 2000 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. September 2007

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Albert Abramson published (with McFarland) in 1987 a landmark volume titled "The History of Television, 1880-1941" ("massive...research" - "Library Journal"; "voluminous documentation" - "Choice"; "many striking old photos" - "The TV Collector"). At last, he has produced the follow-up volume; the reader may be assured there is no other book in any language that is remotely comparable to it. Together, these two volumes provide the definitive technical history of the medium. Upon the development in the mid - 1940s of new cameras and picture tubes that made commercial television possible worldwide, the medium rose rapidly to prominence. Perhaps even more important was the invention of the video tape recorder in 1956, allowing editing, re-shooting and rebroadcasting. This second volume, 1942 to 2000 covers these significant developments and much more.

Chapters are devoted to television and World War II and the postwar era, the development of color television, Ampex Corporation's contributions, television in Europe, the change from helical to high band technology, solid state cameras, the television coverage of Apollo II, the rise of electronic journalism, television entering the studios, the introduction of the camcorder, the demise of RCA at the hands of GE, the domination of Sony and Matsushita, and the future of television in e-cinema and the 1080 P24 format. The book is heavily illustrated (as is the first volume).


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Spotty and disorganized in the later chapters 22. August 2007
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The history before 1965-1970 is fairly complete but the author fills up too much space with matter-of-fact product announcements. The real history of television is why the industry developed these new products, who used them, and how they changed television.

The pages are also a jumbled mess of unrelated developments. He didn't collect announcements of competing products together so the reader can see what directions the industry was going in. He wrote a paragraph about a new camera, followed by one about a improved video recording system, followed by another about yet another new camera. Apparently that's the order he found the information and felt no need to organize it.

There is virtually no information on the development of video distribution (satellites, microwave links) which made television the national media it is today. You would think modern television is only camera and video recording technology.
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A worthy effort, but disorganized 26. November 2010
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Abramson follows his superb The History of Television 1880 - 1941 with a disappointing sequel. The book is chock full of information pertinent to the last 60 odd years of television technology. However, the way the author skips from cameras to video tape to receivers, ad nauseum, keeps this reader wondering what is going to be covered next. There is no doubt that with the tremendous volume of equipment and advances covered, the material would be difficult to organize. A chapter devoted to only video tape recorders and their progressive improvements, even if the several manufacturers were mixed together would be much easier to follow. Similarly, camera technology could have been given its own chapter, along with a chapter on receivers and the transmitter technology. When he combines all the facets of television technology into one, chronological stream, the reader is left confused and frustrated. Now, having thrown several big rocks at the project, I would like to add that the coverage of the early days of video tape recording by Ampex is riveting. His several swipes at the dishonesty of RCA also helped balance out the many untrue tales of RCA's technological superiority. Sarnoff was Sarnoff, win at any price was his credo. All in all, a good review of a great deal of equipment and the people who created it. With all its warts, I still recommend this book.
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