TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: New Approaches to Television Archiving

New Approaches to Television Archiving

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 8 Mar 2005 23:12:14 -0500

by Jeff Ubois


Worldwide, more than 30 million hours of unique television programming
are broadcast every year, yet only a tiny fraction of it is preserved
for future reference, and only a fraction of that preserved footage is
publicly accessible. Most television broadcasts are simply lost
forever, though television archivists have been working to preserve
selected programs for fifty years. Recent reductions in the cost of
storage of digital video could allow preservation of this portion of
our culture for a small fraction of the worldwide library budget, and
improvements in the distribution of online video could enable much
greater collaboration between archival institutions.


Non-commercial broadcasters, educational institutions, and libraries
For-profit organizations with television archives
Governmental institutions
Fans and amateurs
Collaborative possibilities
Technical standards and low-cost approaches to preservation and access
Legal strategies
Building a social consensus about television archiving

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