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The Digital Television Revolution

Origins to Outcomes


Part of the Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business book series (GMPB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Michael Starks
      Pages 1-10
  3. Birth and Development

    1. Michael Starks
      Pages 13-31
    2. Michael Starks
      Pages 32-54
    3. Michael Starks
      Pages 55-74
    4. Michael Starks
      Pages 75-93
    5. Michael Starks
      Pages 94-112
  4. Shaping the Outcomes

    1. Michael Starks
      Pages 115-134
    2. Michael Starks
      Pages 135-157
    3. Michael Starks
      Pages 158-179
    4. Michael Starks
      Pages 180-201
    5. Michael Starks
      Pages 202-220
    6. Michael Starks
      Pages 221-225
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 226-247

About this book


This account of the global switch to digital television, from its origins to its emerging outcomes, provides an understanding of how digital television is converging with the Internet. It pictures a future in which the democratic role of the media, freedom of expression and democratic participation can be enhanced.


Digital Media Europe Internet media participation television

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of OxfordUK

About the authors

Michael Starks is an associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University, UK. He managed the Government-led UK Digital TV Project from 2002 to 2004, planning the nation's digital switchover strategy. Earlier he directed much of the BBC's work on digital television and was the founder Chairman of the UK Digital TV Group. He is the author of Switching to Digital Television: UK Public Policy and the Market (2007) and the founding editor of the International Journal of Digital Television.

Bibliographic information


"Starks presents a persuasive argument that with the right amount of citizen awareness and political management, there is clear opportunity to create a new and better order of television." - Gregory Taylor, International Journal of Digital Television

"The Digital Television Revolution is at its most valuable in the clarity of its historical account: the careful selection of detail and the analysis of the meaning of every twist and turn of digital history's early development..." - Michael Allen, Critical Studies in Television