Understanding Digital Television

1st Edition

An Introduction to DVB Systems with Satellite, Cable, Broadband and Terrestrial TV Distribution


  • Lars-Ingemar Lundstrom
  • Description

    With the milestones of Digital TV and HDTV, there are lots of questions to be asked about television of today... Understanding Digital Television explains complex technical systems and solutions in an easy to comprehend manner along with visual 3D graphics. It helps non-technical individuals such as managers, executives, general media professionals, as well as TV and home cinema enthusiasts gain a practical understanding of the equipment, technical aspects of digital television, and various ways of distributing. Most examples are from a European perspective, but also include comparisons with North American systems. This book answers the confusing questions about new devices and digital formats, what to do when the analog TV transmitters are switched off, watching TV using your broadband connection, and much more.

    Key Features

    *Describes the four major platforms of digital TV: satellite, cable, terrestrial transmitters and broadband *Uses an extensive collection of illustrations to explain the technical solutions *Includes detailed illustrations and full-color section *Contains an appendices dedicated to North American systems


    Managers, executives, and media professionals in the broadcasting industry in Europe that need a practical understanding of the equipment, aspects of digital television, and various ways of distributing television and the consequences of different kinds of distribution as seen from a consumer perspective. No technical prerequesite is required.

    Table of Contents

    1 The History of Television 2 What is Digital TV? 3 Satellite TV 4 Digital TV by Satellite 5 Digital TV by Cable 6 Digital TV by Terrestrial Transmitters 7 Digital TV by Broadband 8 How to choose the Equipment 9 Digital TV on Disc 10 The Consumer 11 HDTV and the future of Television


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    © 2006
    Focal Press
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    About the author

    Lars-Ingemar Lundstrom

    Lars-Ingemar Lundstrom is the Product Development Manager for Teracom, a terrestrial broadcast service company owned by the Swedish government, and is engaged in Business Media Systems and Television, Digital Signage Broadcasting, Virtual TV and IP Television for Point of Sales and Cinema Applications. Lunstrom holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and is a published author with works that include: Satellit-TV Handboken, Kabel-TV Handboken, and Digital-TV Handboken.


    "Full of technical content that would make it an interesting read for technicians...In all, a very well-written book and well worth investing in if you work in this area, or want to" - Lighting & Sound Jan 07