From Networks to Netflix: A Guide to Changing Channels

Derek Johnson

January 9, 2018 by Routledge
Textbook - 430 Pages
ISBN 9781138998513 - CAT# Y211049

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-There has been a strong recent shift towards industry studies within advanced undergraduate courses in television and this book responds to this shift with its industry-based perspective.

-The book’s novel use of the channel for its modular structuring logic and its organization of short, accessible chapters  is an ideal approach, especially in the classroom setting,  making focused and grouped reading assignments easy to manage across the syllabus.

-A wide range of contemporary and classic case studies make the material easy to grasp for students.


Even as the television industry experiences significant transformation and disruption in the face of streaming and online delivery, the television channel itself persists. If anything, the television channel landscape has become more complex to navigate as viewers can now choose between broadcast, cable, streaming, and premium services across a host of different platforms and devices. From Networks to Netflix provides an authoritative answer to that navigational need, helping students, instructors, and scholars understand these industrial changes through the lens of the channel. Through examination of emerging services like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, investigation of YouTube channels and cable outlets like Freeform and Comedy Central, and critiques of broadcast giants like ABC and PBS, this book offers a concrete, tangible means of exploring the foundations of a changing industry.


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