High Definition Television: The Creation, Development, and Implementation of HDTV Technology

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McFarland & Company, 2012 - History - 373 pages
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The 40-year history of high definition television technology is traced from initial studies in Japan, through its deployment in Europe, and then to the United States, where the first all-digital systems were developed. Fascinating details are provided on technological advances in Australia and Japan, Europe's introduction of HDTV, Brazil's new compression codec and China's terrestrial standard. The impact of HDTV on broadcast facility conversion and the influx of computer systems and information technology are described, as well as the contributions of the first entrepreneurial HD videographers and engineers. This volume highlights several of the landmark high-definition broadcasts from 1988 onward and also features more than 50 anecdotal interviews. The history concludes with the rollout of consumer HDTV services over terrestrial, cable and satellite systems throughout the world.

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“The definitive technical history of the development of high definition television in the United States...well-researched...the first full-length historical study of the technology that we’ve seen”--Communication Booknotes Quarterly; “recommended”--CEDMagazine.com; “I’ve no doubt it’s the most comprehensive behind the scenes look at the development and launch of HDTV that’s ever been penned.”--Rob Sabin, Editor in Chief, Home Theater Magazine; “Deserves a prime place on my shelf of TV books, bringing the story up to date...extremely detailed, with loads of colorful information...the cast of characters is huge...a scholarly work.”--Walt S. Ciciora, CED Magazine; “Provides a comprehensive look at how we got to where we are today with HDTV.”--Russ Brown, Editor, The Online Engineer; “The first full-length study of the technology...an important record.”--Chris Sterling, Communication Booknotes Quarterly. 

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About the author (2012)

Philip J. Cianci worked with HDTV systems at Philips Research USA and ESPN, was the editor of Broadcast Engineering magazine's e-newsletter Transition to Digital from 2005 through 2007, and is the author of two books about television technology. He lives in Lake Peekskill, New York.

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