- Paperback: 373 pages
- Publisher: McFarland Publishing (Jan. 9 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786449756
- ISBN-13: 978-0786449750
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 658 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,425,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology Paperback – Dec 22 2011
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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.
About the Author
Philip J. Cianci worked with HDTV systems at Philips Research USA and ESPN, was the editor of Broadcast Engineering magazines 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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Still, I couldn't help but remember the early DTV standards wars and then the Grand Alliance compromise. The decision by the FCC for the U.S. to go with 8-VSB instead of COFDM seemed like a questionable one at the time, and the pathetic performance of early 8-VSB DTV receiver chip sets only added to the misery. But by the time sixth-generation decoder chips (actually a single chip instead of a set of chips) became available in 2007, just in time for coupon-eligible converter boxes, DTV receiver performance was finally on a par with European COFDM, but with the spectral efficiency of 8-VSB. Thus, more than three years after the end of the DTV transition in June of 2009, the U.S. system turned out pretty well. A long gestation with a difficult birth, but ultimately worth it.
So when I came across High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology by Philip Cianci, I was intrigued, and bought a copy. No regrets. It was soon clear that this book was written by someone who was involved in the early DTV standards battles, from the Japanese MUSE system through the final ATSC A/53 DTV standard (which is now supplemented by the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard). DTV standards in Europe and other countries are also touched on, but this book is primarily about the path taken in the United States.
The book has thirteen chapters, with Chapter 13 being appropriately titled "Exceeds All Expectations." The text is a little over three hundred pages, with another forty pages or so of Notes giving detailed citations. There are a moderate number of figures, all black & white, but it's an appropriate mix. I recognized several of the names cited in the various chapters, having worked with some of those individuals either in my capacity as a consulting engineer, or in the ten years of FCC rulemakings culminating in a final table of post-transition DTV allotments (which, ironically, the National Broadband Plan with its Incentive Auctions for TV stations is now threatening to upend).
I like Mr. Cianci's writing style, and I think that he told the story with as little bias as anyone could have. If you're somewhat of a technical geek, especially with a TV broadcasting interest, then you will find this book a great read.