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Understanding Digital Television : An Introduction to DVB Systems with Satellite, Cable, Broadband and Terrestrial TV Distribution - Lars-Ingemar Lundstrom

Understanding Digital Television

An Introduction to DVB Systems with Satellite, Cable, Broadband and Terrestrial TV Distribution

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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.
*Describes the four major platforms of digital TV: satellite, cable, terrestrial transmitters
and broadband
*Uses an extensive collection of illustrations to explain the technical solutions
*Includes detailed illustrations and full-color section
*Contains an appendices dedicated to North American systems

"Full of technical content that would make it an interesting read for technicians...In all, a very well-written book and well worth investing in if you work in this area, or want to"
- Lighting & Sound Jan 07

Prefacep. ix
The History of Televisionp. 1
The Evolution of Storytellingp. 2
The History of the TV Setp. 3
Color Television (1950s and 60s)p. 9
A Video Recorder in Each Home (1970s and 80s)p. 13
Cable Television and DTH Satellites (1980s and 90s)p. 14
Multiplexed Analog Components System (Early 1990s)p. 15
What is Digital TV?p. 19
Shannon's Information Theoremp. 20
Digitizing a Video Signalp. 20
Measuring and Compressing Digital Video Signalsp. 22
Digital Video Broadcastingp. 31
Picture and Sound Qualityp. 35
MPEG-4: HDTV Compressionp. 36
Why Change to Digital TV?p. 38
Satellite TVp. 39
The Route to Orbitp. 44
Launch Vehicles From All Over the Worldp. 52
Stabilizing Satellitesp. 53
Satellite Payload: The Transpondersp. 57
What is the Equivalent Isotropic Radiated Power?p. 65
Digital TV by Satellitep. 67
Satellite Positions and Powerp. 68
Finding the Satellitep. 69
Positioning the Dishp. 78
Low Noise Block Converters (LNBs)p. 80
The Satellite Receiverp. 83
Modulating Digital Signalsp. 85
Error Protection and Transmitted Bitratep. 88
Dish Sizep. 89
Multi-Satellite Antennasp. 92
Installing Multi-Focus Antennasp. 100
Optimizing Parabolic Antennasp. 106
Digital TV by Cablep. 119
The Headend: The Heart of the Cable TV Networkp. 120
Channel Capacityp. 122
The MATV (Master Antenna TV) Networkp. 124
UHF Coaxial Networksp. 126
Coaxial Cable TV Networksp. 126
Hybrid Fiber Coaxial Networks (HFC)p. 128
Digital Cable Televisionp. 131
SMATV, Satellite MATV Systemsp. 134
Terrestrial Digital TV Signals in Coaxial Cable Systemsp. 135
Digital TV by Terrestrial Transmittersp. 137
Antennas for Terrestrial TV Receptionp. 140
Digital Terrestrial TVp. 146
Multi-Directional Antenna Systemsp. 152
Indoor Antennasp. 153
Digital Terrestrial Receiversp. 154
DVB-T Receiversp. 156
Terrestrial TV for Mobile Devices; DVB-Hp. 156
Digital TV by Broadbandp. 159
Broadband IPTVp. 160
Internet TVp. 162
Software Media Player Optionsp. 169
Internet Via Satellitep. 174
Choosing the Right Boxp. 177
Digital Receiversp. 178
Digital TV with Interactive Servicesp. 182
Digital Receiver Firmwarep. 184
The Application Interfacep. 185
The API of the Futurep. 186
The Media Gateway Dreamp. 187
The Media Terminalp. 189
Connecting the Devicesp. 191
The Antenna System for Terrestrial Signalsp. 192
Connecting the Digital Receiver to the TV and Other Video Devicesp. 197
Using Scart Cablesp. 199
Connecting a Satellite Dish to Multiple Receiversp. 207
The Telephone and Computer Networksp. 218
The Home Computer Networkp. 219
Digital TV on Discp. 221
Solving the Need for Analog Recorded Videop. 222
Digital Video Recordingp. 224
Interconnecting Devicesp. 230
Twin Tuner Receiversp. 232
The Home Cinemap. 235
Home Cinema Display Componentsp. 236
Aspect Ratiosp. 242
Connecting Home Cinema Componentsp. 248
Home Cinema Soundp. 249
Program Sourcesp. 261
HDTV and the Future of Televisionp. 263
High Definition TV (HDTV)p. 264
Practical Aspects of Receiving HDTVp. 269
HDTV Connectorsp. 269
The High Definition Multimedia Interface, HDMIp. 272
First Generation HDTV Transmissions in Europep. 273
HDTV Recordingp. 277
Television of the Futurep. 277
3D Television in Colorp. 281
Holographic Televisionp. 282
Digital Television in North Americap. 287
Commercial Television Systemsp. 288
Stereo Soundp. 290
Frequency Planning and the Transfer to Digital TV in North Americap. 290
Connectors Around the Worldp. 292
North American Satellite Geographyp. 293
North American Satellite Systemsp. 294
Satellite Receiving Systems in the U.S.p. 295
The Three LNB Multi-Focus Dishp. 296
Coverage and Antenna Pointing Maps for North Americap. 297
Finding the Satellites and Aligning the Antennap. 302
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780240809069
ISBN-10: 0240809068
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 11th October 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 19.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1