New approaches to television archiving

  • Jeff Ubois

Abstract

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.
Published
2005-03-07
How to Cite
Ubois, J. (2005). New approaches to television archiving. First Monday, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v10i3.1210