Chapter 1 Introduction to Cable Television

1.1 Introduction

Cable television is an industry and a technology that has outgrown its historical name. Modern “cable television” networks are used to provide a wide range of services, including analog and digital video, digital audio, high-speed data, and telephony.

The essential distinguishing characteristics of cable television networks are that they include broadband (typically 0.5-1 GHz of total bandwidth), highly linear distribution systems designed to carry many modulated radio frequency (RF) signals with a minimal amount of mutual interference between a central point and many customers, where signals are delivered via coaxial cables to and from terminal equipment. Because of these characteristics, ...

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