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DTV: The Revolution in Digital Video [Hardcover]

Jerry C. Whitaker
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Jan. 25 2001 0071371702 978-0071371704 3
Exhaustive compendium of DTV details Now there¿s an up-to-the-minute edition of the #1 guide to digital television. And none too soon, because in the two years since the last edition was published, DTV has undergone dizzying technical and regulatory changes. You¿ll find them all covered in Jerry Whitaker¿s DTV: The Revolution in Digital Video, Third Edition.This engineering-level guide to the ATSC DTV standard and its impact on the television broadcast industry is loaded with examples, detailed diagrams and schematics. It¿s a tutorial for all ATSC and SMPTE standards and FCC regulations guiding DTV licensing and applications. This timely edition explores the implications of datacasting and interactive television¿harmonizing DTV with the European DVB system¿and the bristling controversy over the ATSC standard¿s suitability for urban broadcast. A dedicated Website, updated monthly, ensures that you¿ll stay on top of all fast-breaking news and developments in the field.

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"A "must have" reference for DTV and DVD practitioners November 10, 1998 With a forward by Joe A. Flaherty, this tome covers the history, fundamentals and applications of digital television including transceivers, displays, codecs, compression and measurement. Audio encoding/decoding as well as transmission and implementation issues relating to the ATSC DTV system have their own chapters. A reference section and glossary are included. As a valuable part of the McGraw-Hill Video/Audio Engineering series, this is a "must have" for DTV and new media practitioners alike. - Amazon.com Customer Review

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Report from the frontlines... The definitive, bestselling book on DTV ¿in step with the revolution

Packed with intensive coverage of the transformative standards and technologies revolutionizing the field at dizzying speed, Jerry Whitaker¿s revised DTV guide gives you solid and current footing for a technical career in digital television.

The first edition of DTV unveiled new applications and innovations in digital television and high-definition video imaging¿the hottest technologies to come along since color TV. A runaway bestseller, that book led to a second, which brought video and broadcasting engineers and technicians up to speed with all the latest developments in DTV.

Now this state-of-the-art guide once again tackles the new and makes it manageable, accessible, and understandable. If it has to do with changes to standards or advances in technology, you¿ll find it in this much-needed, just-in-time primer. DTV, Third Edition, brings you:

*Comprehensive review of all the new ATSC, SMPTE, and FCC standards *Contextual examinations of history, fundamentals, and applications *Previews of ¿DTV Meets Interactive TV¿¿the intersection where broadcasting, computing, and telecommunications converge *Step-by-step guidance in transitioning a facility from analog to digital *Insights on interfacing and harmonizing the ATSC DTV system and the European DVB system *Technical perspective on the controversy over the ATSC standard¿s suitability for trouble-free reception in urban areas *Scene-setting backdrop of regulatory and technical history *Monthly updates at the affiliated Website, tvhandbook.com

The bedrock for building an understanding of DTV, this guide by the award-winning former editor-in-chief of Broadcast Engineering magazine provides both newcomers and veterans alike a unique and essential handle on a complex field. Filled with examples, detailed diagrams and schematics, and enhanced coverage of standards, DTV: The Revolution in Digital Video gives you more reasons than ever to make it your first-stop technical resource.

"This book is a must-have for anyone involved in DTV/HDTV engineering."

"A `must-have¿ reference for DTV and new media practitioners alike."


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This book by Jerry Whitaker requires a AAS in electronic Engeneering Technology and/or a understanding of TV, DVD Sattelitte, or Computers to grasp the techniques of digital decoders and encoders. Knowledge of Binary 1's and 0's in different size bytes is essential. Series to parallel conversion and digital to analog conversion is necessary to understand the manipulation of the serial data in the encoders transmission basics, and the compression and expansion of parallel data , with memory manipulation of the order of the frames of the raster. Digital Television Fundamentals:Design and Installation of Video and Audio Systems: by Michael Robin and Michel Poulin is an excellent prerequisite and follow up book to this one. The same requirements of digital data techniques are necessary... This book does not include the new decoder circuits used for transmitting and compressing the digital data, nor the circuitry of the monitors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good preview for newcomers to the field March 27 2000
Format:Hardcover
The book covers many issues in DTV as well as TV and video in general. It seems that it was intended for those who would like to go wide but not deep into details. There are 4 pages describing general A/D & D/A, but only few short paragraphs for the Trellis Decoder and Data De- Interleaver of the ATSC standard. I expected to find in this book more about the new standards and less about the general background.
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