Broadband Communications: A View from the CAT-bird Seat

Author(s): Irving B. Kahn
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 9 - 15
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00690



"Catbird seat" is an expression meaning a place of advantage or privilege. Community Antenna Television operators may well consider themselves to be occupying a sort of special CAT-bird seat as their industry evolves rapidly into a new medium of broadband communications. History teaches that change is inevitable, that resistance to it is usually fatal. Broadband communications promises diversity of programing, pinpoint delivery to specific audiences, retention and recall of information and entertainment programs, and a wealth of non-entertainment services that, nevertheless, may employ entertainment techniques of presentation. In short, the motion-picture and television industries face not a threat but a rare opportunity to join the broadband evolution and become a part of a new and exiting era.