The HBO Effect

The HBO Effect No advertisers to please no censors to placate no commercial interruptions every eleven minutes demanding cliffhangers to draw viewers back after the commercial breaks HBO has re written the rules

  • Title: The HBO Effect
  • Author: Dean J. DeFino
  • ISBN: 9780826421302
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • No advertisers to please, no censors to placate, no commercial interruptions every eleven minutes, demanding cliffhangers to draw viewers back after the commercial breaks HBO has re written the rules of television and the result has been nothing short of a cultural ground shift The HBO Effect details how the fingerprints of HBO are all over contemporary film and televisNo advertisers to please, no censors to placate, no commercial interruptions every eleven minutes, demanding cliffhangers to draw viewers back after the commercial breaks HBO has re written the rules of television and the result has been nothing short of a cultural ground shift The HBO Effect details how the fingerprints of HBO are all over contemporary film and television Their capability to focus on smaller markets made shows like Sex and the City, The Sopranos, The Wire, and even the recent True Blood, trigger shows on basic cable networks to follow suit HBO pioneered the use of HDTV and the widescreen format, production and distribution deals leading to market presence, and the promotion of greater diversity on T.V discussing issues of class and race The HBO Effect examines this rich and unique history for clues to its remarkable impact upon television and popular culture It s time to take a wide angle look at HBO as a producer of American culture.
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    • Julie says:

      The HBO Effect by Dean J. DeFino is a Bloomsbury Academic publication released in November 2013. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a non-fiction account of HBO's history, it's impact on the way we view television today, and it's future. It might surprise some how long HBO has been around. The cable and satellite staple never thought of itself as being a television channel. They were content providers before that term ever m [...]

    • H. says:

      Fresh from a successful Knutsen case, and owning a college, film studies professor DeFino sets his sights on HBO, that behemoth of subscriber television that has so successfully straddled the divide between auteur and 13-year-old boy.The cover implies something more along the lines of The Revolution was Televised and Difficult Men, but Mad Men is barely mentioned and The Sopranos hardly dominates. This is a book about HBO. It covers a lot of ground on that subject—technical and business, comed [...]

    • Angie says:

      Unfortunately books have to start at the beginning and beginnings can sometimes be boring. There's a bit of info on how HBO came to be tat is a bit dry. Once Definitely gets through that and sinks his teeth into the impact of HBO's programming and thematics, things pick up. From Sopranos, to Sex & the City, Six Feet Under to Game of Thrones, including its focus on stand-up comedy specials, HBO shows have had an impact on television, movies and society as a whole.I had no clue that HBO has pu [...]

    • Manish Ahuja says:

      The book is good in bits. But, on the whole; you wouldn't be missing out on much, even if you skip this one. If you're a die hard fan of TV series and HBO, in particular, you may want to read this one to gain access to treasure trove of trivia regarding the network and many of its popular series. The book is also full of spoilers of many TV series. But, to be fair; all these series have been over for years now. This isn't an area of complain or critique. Just a disclaimer for people, at large.I [...]

    • Ramakant says:

      The central thesis of his book tries to prove that HBO’s fame is not an aberration but a product of the broadcasting environment at that time. The author certainly dives deep into his research to justify the role of HBO as an avant-garde in America’s culture While a lot is written about the birth of HBO, it is hard to agree with the writer’s view that HBO was a product of its environment. As though any other company at the same place and at the same time could enjoy equal success as HBO. O [...]

    • Hayley says:

      I haven't read a lot of non fiction before but this was so up my alley that I has to read it. Academic to start, it didn't enthral me straight away but as the author began to speak more specifically about tv programs it quickly picked up. Very interesting thoughts on the future of HBO that I think will stick with me as I continue to watch their programming.

    • Lou Heinrich says:

      An excellent analysis of how HBO (which is unrestricted by regular cable laws because they broadcast via satellite) forged new pathways for format and style in television, making it the prime destination for long form storytelling. Read my full review here: lipmag/arts/books-arts/lip

    • Denise Morse says:

      HBO has had a profound impact on television programming; not just on content but also on the way programming is delivered. The author should continue his discussion by having a book next about Netflix/ since they are going the same route. I learned a lot about the beginning of the network, the technology and then finally, the content and programming.

    • Dan says:

      A compulsively readable history of the premium cable network and its influence, though the endless repetition of the same examples as well as some other annoying errors and redundancies ultimately detract from its overall impact.

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