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Cable Television, Hollywood, and the Narrative Feature Film

4. 1976 to the Present

3. 1989–1998

  1. Barbara Klinger

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf084

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

How to Cite

Klinger, B. 2011. 24/7. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 4:3:79.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011


An integral part of American film history resides in Hollywood's extensive relationships to new media and technologies, especially as they have acted as vital forums for movie production, distribution, and exhibition. In the second half of cinema's existence, a particularly strong configuration of intimate business associations has materialized between film studios and a number of new media and technology concerns, from broadcast and cable television to DVD and the internet. Adjudicated by complex forces, these developments have clearly affected the film studios' organization and economic profile. Such advances have also had a significant impact on the very meaning of cinema as a medium and an experience, deeply influencing the aesthetics, public reputation, and modes of consumption of films, as well as their sheer presence in everyday life.


  • cinema's televisual history;
  • cable film production;
  • distribution;
  • and exhibition;
  • original programming;
  • the aftermarket;
  • the film rerun;
  • HBO;
  • media conglomerates and convergence