The US ITVS (Independent Television Service) have a useful downloadable PDF guide on Digital Futures usefully covering the basics of a next generation moving image landscape.
“Digital Futures: A Need-to-Know Policy Guide for Independent Filmmakers
From the quagmire of copyright to the broadband revolution, digital technology has changed the game for independent filmmakers everywhere. What do these technologies look like? How will the battles over new policies affect filmmaking?
Digital Futures is a free guide designed to help independent filmmakers survive and thrive in the digital age. 51-page guide includes: an explanation and glossary of digital technology terms; expert analysis of today’s legal, distribution and funding landscape; directory of resource organizations for indies.
Introduction: What Is Digitaland Why Does It Matter?
Map of Communication Technologies
Control and Creativity: Who Owns What: Copyright in Digital Times
digital locks: Protecting Content in the Digital Age
Distribution: What Media Concentration Means for Indies
Will Independents Thrive in the Age of Broadband?
The Not-So-Distant Future of the Airwaves
supporting Public Culture: Zeros, Ones, and Public Money: How Digital Impacts Indie Funding