Television and Streaming's Brave New World: What's on the Box Set?

Course Dates: 19/02/23 - 26/02/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Did you binge in lockdown but are now more selective? Where and how do you watch your preferred TV series or movies? With current inflation price rises will you let your subscription lapse? The Culture Secretary wants Channel 4 to be more like Netflix, but that model appears to be faltering and it covers no news. We may lose BBC 4 and Radio 4 Extra, but the new generation of viewers don’t use BBC or even television, so perhaps it’s not a problem for them. Let’s come together to discuss the contemporary small screen, our viewing preferences and our favourite TV series and films to see where we stand on the matter.
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Course Code: HF233

Sun, day, 19 Feb - 26 Feb '23

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

As the song says, ‘TV killed the radio star’, but not the cinema, as Hollywood had feared in the nineteen-fifties. But what about contemporary streaming? Netflix, an addictive media streaming platform, born in August 1997, has revolutionised the way we view films and television series in the domestic sphere. Its success was quickly followed by Amazon, Disney+ and others. However, the Netflix model appears to be faltering now against the backdrop of a cost-of-living crisis. This course will chart the changes to our viewing habits that these technological developments have occasioned and by considering our own viewing behaviour and the corporate investment in this, we will explore the implications for the future of film and TV viewing in the domestic setting.

What will we cover?

- Television vs Cinema
- Television vs Streaming
- Streaming vs Streaming.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe how television developed technically and culturally
- Describe how streaming developed technically and culturally
- Demonstrate familiarity with a range of seminal films and box-set series across both TV and the streaming platforms
- Debate where we are now: what has changed and what is about to change?

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a course for those interested in cinema, television and (probably) streaming. No previous experience is necessary, just the willingness to discuss with and learn from each other.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Opening lecture illustrated by film clips followed by group discussions and screenings. No outside work necessary.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other costs. The tutor will show extracts of films or supply links to online viewing. Please bring a notepad, tablet or other device for taking notes. Recommended (but optional) reading: 1001 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die ed. Paul Condon, Cassell/Octopus.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other film studies courses on our website at, culture & writing/film studies.

John Wischmeyer

John Wischmeyer (MA in Film Theory) set up, ran and programmed his own cinema in West London and has since taught film studies at the former Gainsborough studio, the BFI and City Lit since 1999, Hitchcock’s centenary year. John has covered a wide range film topics under the banner ‘Cinema Investigates America’ and has a particular interest in and considerable knowledge of Hitchcock, Hollywood studios, American independent cinema and film noir, film technique and style.

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