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Understanding Digital Television

Book Description

With the milestones of Digital TV and HDTV, there are
lots of questions to be asked about television of today...

Understanding Digital Television explains complex technical systems and solutions in an easy
to comprehend manner along with visual 3D graphics. It helps non-technical individuals such as
managers, executives, general media professionals, as well as TV and home cinema enthusiasts
gain a practical understanding of the equipment, technical aspects of digital television, and various
ways of distributing. Most examples are from a European perspective, but also include comparisons
with North American systems. This book answers the confusing questions about new devices and
digital formats, what to do when the analog TV transmitters are switched off, watching TV using your
broadband connection, and much more.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. 1 THE HISTORY OF TELEVISION
    1. The Evolution of Storytelling
    2. The History of the TV Set
    3. Color Television (1950s and 60s)
    4. A Video Recorder in Each Home (1970s and 80s)
    5. Cable Television and DTH Satellites (1980s and 90s)
    6. Multiplexed Analog Components System (Early 1990s)
  8. 2 WHAT IS DIGITAL TV?
    1. Shannon's Information Theorem
    2. Digitizing a Video Signal
    3. Measuring and Compressing Digital Video Signals
    4. Digital Video Broadcasting
    5. Picture and Sound Quality
    6. MPEG-4: HDTV Compression
    7. Why Change to Digital TV?
  9. 3 SATELLITE TV
    1. The Route to Orbit
    2. Launch Vehicles From All Over the World
    3. Stabilizing Satellites
    4. Satellite Payload: The Transponders
    5. What is the Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power?
  10. 4 DIGITAL TV BY SATELLITE
    1. Satellite Positions and Power
    2. Finding the Satellite
    3. Positioning the Dish
    4. Low Noise Block Converters (LNBs)
    5. The Satellite Receiver
    6. Modulating Digital Signals
    7. Error Protection and Transmitted Bitrate
    8. Dish Size
    9. Multi-Satellite Antennas
    10. Installing Multi-Focus Antennas
    11. Optimizing Parabolic Antennas
  11. 5 DIGITAL TV BY CABLE
    1. The Headend: The Heart of the Cable TV Network
    2. Channel Capacity
    3. The MATV (Master Antenna TV) Network
    4. UHF Coaxial Networks
    5. Coaxial Cable TV Networks
    6. Hybrid Fiber Coaxial Networks (HFC)
    7. Digital Cable Television
    8. SMATV, Satellite MATV Systems
    9. Terrestrial Digital TV Signals in Coaxial Cable Systems
  12. 6 DIGITAL TV BY TERRESTRIAL TRANSMITTERS
    1. Antennas for Terrestrial TV Reception
    2. Digital Terrestrial TV
    3. Multi-Directional Antenna Systems
    4. Indoor Antennas
    5. Digital Terrestrial Receivers
    6. DVB-T Receivers
    7. Terrestrial TV for Mobile Devices; DVB-H
  13. 7 DIGITAL TV BY BROADBAND
    1. Broadband IPTV
    2. Internet TV
    3. Software Media Player Options
    4. Internet Via Satellite
  14. 8 CHOOSING THE RIGHT BOX
    1. Digital Receivers
    2. Digital TV with Interactive Services
    3. Digital Receiver Firmware
    4. The Application Interface
    5. The API of the Future
    6. The Media Gateway Dream
    7. The Media Terminal
  15. 9 CONNECTING THE DEVICES
    1. The Antenna System for Terrestrial Signals
    2. Connecting the Digital Receiver to the TV and Other Video Devices
    3. Using Scart Cables
    4. Connecting a Satellite Dish to Multiple Receivers
    5. The Telephone and Computer Networks
    6. The Home Computer Network
  16. 10 DIGITAL TV ON DISC
    1. Solving the Need for Analog Recorded Video
    2. Digital Video Recording
    3. Interconnecting Devices
    4. Twin Tuner Receivers
  17. 11 THE HOME CINEMA
    1. Home Cinema Display Components
    2. Aspect Ratios
    3. Connecting Home Cinema Components
    4. Home Cinema Sound
    5. Program Sources
  18. 12 HDTV AND THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION
    1. High Definition TV (HDTV)
    2. Practical Aspects of Receiving HDTV
    3. HDTV Connectors
    4. The High Definition Multimedia Interface, HDMI
    5. First Generation HDTV Transmissions in Europe
    6. HDTV Recording
    7. Television of the Future
    8. 3D Television in Color
    9. Holographic Television
  19. Appendix A Digital Television in North America
    1. Commercial Television Systems
    2. Stereo Sound
    3. Frequency Planning and the Transfer to Digital TV in North America
    4. Connectors Around the World
  20. Appendix B North American Satellite Geography
    1. North American Satellite Systems
    2. Satellite Receiving Systems in the U.S.
    3. The Three LNB Multi-Focus Dish
    4. Coverage and Antenna Pointing Maps for North America
    5. Finding the Satellites and Aligning the Antenna
  21. Index