Modern Cable Television Technology

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9781558608283
eBook ISBN: 9780080511931
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 24th November 2003
Page Count: 1052
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Fully updated, revised, and expanded, this second edition of Modern Cable Television Technology addresses the significant changes undergone by cable since 1999--including, most notably, its continued transformation from a system for delivery of television to a scalable-bandwidth platform for a broad range of communication services. It provides in-depth coverage of high speed data transmission, home networking, IP-based voice, optical dense wavelength division multiplexing, new video compression techniques, integrated voice/video/data transport, and much more.

Intended as a day-to-day reference for cable engineers, this book illuminates all the technologies involved in building and maintaining a cable system. But it's also a great study guide for candidates for SCTE certification, and its careful explanations will benefit any technician whose work involves connecting to a cable system or building products that consume cable services.

Key Features

*Written by four of the most highly-esteemed cable engineers in the industry with a wealth of experience in cable, consumer electronics, and telecommunications.

*All new material on digital technologies, new practices for delivering high speed data, home networking, IP-based voice technology, optical dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), new video compression techniques, and integrated voice/video/data transport.

*Covers the latest on emerging digital standards for voice, data, video, and multimedia.

*Presents distribution systems, from drops through fiber optics, an covers everything from basic principles to network architectures.


cable engineers, telecom engineers, computer network engineers, and consumer electronics engineers

Table of Contents

Part 1 Once Over Lightly

Chapter 1 Introduction to Cable Television

Part 2 The Signals

Chapter 2 Analog Television Chapter 3 Digitally-Compressed Television Chapter 4 Digital Modulation Chapter 5 Cable Networking Protocols Chapter 6 Cable Telephony

Part 3 Headends

Chapter 7 Signal Reception Chapter 8 Headend Signal Processing Chapter 9 Headend Operation

Part 4 Broadband Distribution Systems

Chapter 10 Coaxial RF Technology Chapter 11 Coaxial Distribution Design Chapter 12 Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation Chapter 13 Wavelength-Division Multiplexing Chapter 14 Linear Microwave Signal Transportation Chapter 15 End-to-End Performance Chapter 16 Upstream Issues

Part 5 System Architecture

Chapter 17 Service-Related Architecture Requirements Chapter 18 Architectural Elements and Examples Chapter 19 Digital Fiber Modulation and Deep Fiber Architectures Chapter 20 Network Reliability

Part 6 Customer Interface Issues

Chapter 21 Analog Video Reception Chapter 22 Digital Video Reception Chapter 23 Consumer Electronics Interface Chapter 24 Equipment Compatibility Chapter 25 Home Networks

Appendix A: Channel Allocation Appendix B: Video Waveforms Appendix C: Digital Video Components

Glossary Index


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"Modern Cable Television Technology should be in the library of any company contemplating video services. It combines thorough coverage of its subject with a moderate amount of technical detail, resulting in a volume that both engineers and non-engineers alike will find useful. Although the book is clearly intended for readers having technical responsibilities related to networks providing video services, much of the material will be helpful as general background for non-technical personnel. In addition to the chapters we note below, the book provides two excellent appendices detailing channel allocation plans as variously implemented and video waveforms, a comprehensive glossary and an index. Each chapter provides helpful end notes for readers wishing to delve further into any specific question. The book is written by four authors, each of whom carries the highest engineering credentials within the cable television industry." "For those in search of a truly comprehensive cable engineering reference volume, you simply won't find anything better...Bottom line: If you don't yet have a copy, get one." - Ron Hranac - Communications Technology