The Design of Improved Television Systems

  • William F. Schreiber
Part of the Springer Series in Information Sciences book series (SSINF, volume 15)


In this chapter, we apply the principles and methods previously discussed to a topic of great current interest. TV broadcasting systems are likely to be revamped in the coming years so as to deliver substantially higher picture and sound quality to home receivers. Today’s US monochrome standards were established in 1941 and color was added in a compatible manner in 1953. Since then, a true revolution in electronics technology has taken place, and, in addition, our knowledge of visual psychophysics and of TV signal processing has advanced a great deal. It would be unreasonable to believe that, in spite of all these changes, the design decisions made so long ago would still be appropriate. In fact, a newly designed system, taking advantage of increased knowledge and improved technology, can give much better performance than today’s systems. A much more difficult problem is devising a transition scenario by which such a totally new and necessarily incompatible system can be put in place without putting an unacceptable financial burden on industry and viewers alike. Such matters are discussed in further detail in the Appendix.


Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex Channel Capacity Human Visual System Video Signal Adaptive Modulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William F. Schreiber
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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