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IEEE Publishes Global Study of DTV

The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has published a special edition of its proceedings, "Global Digital Television: Technology and Emerging Services." According to NAB in a message to its TV members, the 330-page volume "will likely be considered the definitive description of the current state of the art for digital television."

Billed as the first comprehensive study encompassing the three worldwide DTV standards - ATSC, DVB and ISDB - the special edition features 30 papers prepared by about 70 experts from the United States, Europe and Japan. The editors' introductory overview aims to put current DTV systems into perspective, and highlight the ways in which DTV will influence consumers in various regions of the world.

One overview paper, written by Graham Jones of NAB Science & Technology, with input from Ed Williams formerly of PBS, Jim DeFilippis of Fox, and Hans Hoffmann of the EBU, covers the practical implementation of DTV by stations and networks, including the transition from analog to digital technologies, system architectures, standards, and service models.

Abstracts for all papers in the publication can be found in the IEEE Xplore digital library (where subscribers to the IEEE Proceedings may access the full text of the articles).