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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter5.13

Format and Standards Conversion

Paola Hobson, PhD

InSync Technology Ltd

Petersfield, UK

Introduction

Since the earliest days of TV broadcasting, global viewers have wanted to watch programs from other countries—live breaking news, international sporting events, entertainment and cultural programming. However, simple international program exchange has never been possible due to the huge differences in TV standards around the world. Similarly, transfer of movies to formats suitable for home TV viewing inherently requires both format and frame rate conversion, for audiences in all regions.

With the transition of services from analog to digital and from SD to HD, and now to UHD, as well as proliferation of mobile and Internet content ...

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