Dave BancroftManager, Advanced TechnologyThomson Broadcast & Media Solutions

2.10 HDTV Standards

HDTV (High Definition Television) as a technology for representing moving images with much more convincing fidelity than SDTV (Standard Definition Television) has been more than three decades in the making. This period of time has seen information technology (IT) arrive and displace much of the unique and isolated engineering used to create the first electronic television systems in the first half of the twentieth century.

The effect has been to make HDTV technology a complex blend of legacy and IT constituents, as it has sought to achieve a comfortable introduction through compatibility with SDTV on key parameters such as frame rate, yet reap the ...

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