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Introduction

Digital television

Digital television is finally here … today! In fact, as the DVB organization puts it on their web site, put up a satellite dish in any of the world’s major cities and you will receive a digital TV (DTV) signal. Sixty years after the introduction of analogue television, and 30 years after the introduction of colour, television is finally undergoing the long-predicted transformation – from analogue to digital. But what exactly does digital television mean to you and me? What will viewers expect? What will we need to know as technicians and engineers in this new digital world? This book aims to answer these questions. For how and where, refer to Figure 1.1 – the Newnes Guide to Digital Television route map. But ...

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