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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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TOUSSAINT, Florence. Public Television in Latin America: Changing to the Digital Age. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2017, vol.62, n.229, pp.223-242. ISSN 0185-1918.

This paper explores the history and outcomes of the digital convergence of public television in Latin America from the theoretical and methodological approach of the Political Economy of Communication. We analyze how the logic of industrialization and maximum gain that characterizes the current capitalist system has gained momentum since digitalization and how, in this increasing rent-seeking context, public television has been reduced chances of broadcasting on new platforms. First, we delve into the features of Latin-American public television to identify differences among all the systems in the region. We then proceed to analyze the digital processes that have signed the industry in recent years. Finally, this research points out legal aspects that line the television in our continent. As any other industry, television merchandises contents that are linked with the Latin American media culture; that is why this research is valuable and important. As much we study television and its accidents, as much we understand cultural features affecting our society. Finally, digital convergence compels a twist in public television systems in order to survive, face changes in State policy, technological advances and alterations related with culture, tastes and targets.

Keywords : television; public television; digital terrestrial television; digital convergence; cultural industries; Latin America.

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