An unprecedented book written by television industry veteran technologist and author Philip J. Cianci covers four decades of television engineering history and the transition from analog to digital high definition production and broadcasting.
The 40-year history of high definition television technology is traced from initial studies in Japan, through its development in Europe, to the United States and the first all-digital systems. Details are provided about advances in HDTV technology in Australia and Japan, Europe's introduction of HDTV, Brazil's innovative use of MPEG-4 and China's terrestrial standard.
The impact of HDTV on broadcast facility conversion and the influx of computer systems and information technology are described, as well as the contributions of the first entrepreneurial HD videographers and engineers. This volume highlights several of the landmark high-definition broadcasts from 1988 onward and also features numerous anecdotes from over 50 interviewees.
The history concludes with the rollout of consumer HDTV services over terrestrial, cable and satellite systems throughout the world.