Many books and articles on the transition of television from analog to
digital transmission have been published in recent years. This transition
is still in its infancy, but it will inevitably take place in the years to
come. Due to digitization, the existing barriers between audio, video, and
data generation and transmission will cease to exist, and the face of what
we today call television will radically change.
This book is for individuals who want to obtain inside knowledge on
digital television (DTV). Without pretending to be exhaustive, it provides
an overview of DTV technology, standards, and regulation with
an emphasis on the development of the standards generated by the
European Project for digital video broadcasting (DVB). In addition, this book
compares the various DVB standards for cable, satellite, and terrestrial
transmission and describes European, American, and Japanese regulations.
DVB started with broadcasting and, as discussed in this book,
gradually moved to the specification of return channels in the telecommunications
domain and finally into specifications for interactive and
Offers an overview of the scientific, economic, market, political, legal and technological factors involved in successfully embedding digital television in our society. The text places special focus on the European initiatives on digital video broadcasting (DVB), describes the DVB standards for cable, satellite and terrestrial transmission, and examines the policies and regulatory framework from the United States and Japan, as well as the standards on source coding, transmission, conditional access and interactive services.