Modern Cable Television Technology

Modern Cable Television Technology

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2nd Edition - November 24, 2003

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  • Authors: David Large, James Farmer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080511931
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558608283

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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
    1. Introduction to Cable Television

    Part 2 The Signals
    2. Analog Television
    3. Digitally-Compressed Television
    4. Digital Modulation
    5. Cable Networking Protocols
    6. Cable Telephony

    Part 3 Headends
    7. Signal Reception
    8. Headend Signal Processing
    9. Headend Operation

    Part 4 Broadband Distribution Systems
    10. Coaxial RF Technology
    11. Coaxial Distribution Design
    12. Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation
    13. Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
    14. Linear Microwave Signal Transportation
    15. End-to-End Performance
    16. Upstream Issues

    Part 5 System Architecture
    17. Service-Related Architecture Requirements
    18. Architectural Elements and Examples
    19. Digital Fiber Modulation and Deep Fiber Architectures
    20. Network Reliability

    Part 6 Customer Interface Issues
    21. Analog Video Reception
    22. Digital Video Reception
    23. Consumer Electronics Interface
    24. Equipment Compatibility
    25. Home Networks

    A. Channel Allocation
    B. Video Waveforms
    C. Digital Video Components

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1096
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2003
  • Published: November 24, 2003
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080511931
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558608283

About the Authors

David Large

David Large is a Principal in the consulting firm Media Connections Group. He is a Fellow Member of the SCTE, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the NCTA Engineering Committee and a member of the NCTA/EIA Joint Engineering Committee.

Affiliations and Expertise

Altrio Communications

James Farmer

James Farmer is the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Quality at ANTEC. A respected industry expert and communicator, Jim is widely published and is active in the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), among others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Wave7 Optics

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