Preface to the first edition

Newnes Guide to Digital Television is written for those who are faced with the need to comprehend the novel world of digital television technology. Not since the 1960s – and the advent of colour television in Europe – have managers, technicians and engineers had to learn so much, so quickly; whether they work in the development laboratory, the studio or in the repair-shop. This book aims to cover the important principles that lie at the heart of the new digital TV services. I have tried to convey the broad architecture of the various systems and how these offer the functionalities they do. By concentrating on important principles, rather than presenting reams of detail, I hope the important ideas presented will ...

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