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HDTV and the Transition to Digital Broadcasting

Understanding New Television Technologies, 1st Edition

By Philip J. Cianci


238 pages

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HDTV and the Transition to Digital Broadcasting bridges the gap between non-technical personnel (management and creative) and technical by giving you a working knowledge of digital television technology, a clear understanding of the challenges of HDTV and digital broadcasting, and a scope of the ramifications of HDTV in the consumer space. Topics include methodologies and issues in HD production and distribution, as well as HDTV's impact on the future of the media business. This book contains sidebars and system diagrams that illustrate examples of broadcaster implementation of HD and HD equipment. Additionally, future trends including the integration of broadcast engineering and IT, control and descriptive metadata, DTV interactivity and personalization are explored.


The book is for non- or semi-technical managers and executives who need an overview of of HDVT/DVT Tansition and the its role in business.

Table of Contents

1. The Dawn of HDTV and Digital Television
2. A Compressed History of HDTV
3. The Fundamentals of DTV
4. The DTV Receiver
5. HDTV and DTV Standards
6. The Transition to Metadata
7. Emerging Technologies and Standards
8. The Future and Digital Broadcasting

About the Author

Philip Cianci's involvement in the HDTV effort began at Philips Research in the 1980s, where, as a designer, he was involved the development of Advanced Television Systems, culminating in the Grand Alliance HDTV prototype. Mr. Cianci was at ESPN during the construction and commissioning of the Digital Center and the debut of SportsCenter in HDTV. He is the Editor of the "Transition to Digital” Broadcast Engineering Magazine e-Newsletter and is collaborating in the development of an HDTV archive with the Smithsonian Institution.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies

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