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Modern Cable Television Technology


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

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

About the Author

Dr. Ciciora is a Fellow of the IEEE, the SMPTE, and SCTE and serves on the Montreux Television Symposium Executive committee. He is a consultant in Cable, Consumer Electronics, and Telecommunications. He was VP of Technology at Time Warner from 1982 to 1993 after being with Zenith since 1965. 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. 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.


"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

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