Chapter 18

The Future of Fiber Optic Video Transmission

After exploring current fiber optic video transmission schemes, let us take some guesses as to the future of this technology. Clearly the trend toward digital is evident, but analog still has many uses. While digital video has made some tremendous inroads in the consumer market, it often still costs more compared to analog solutions. Digital video at the consumer level also suffers from a number of annoying video artifacts. However, mass acceptance of DVDs and satellite TV proves that the general consumer tolerates MPEG image artifacts and considers these less annoying than noise in an analog picture. The force that will tip the balance to digital in the future is the fact that digital ...

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