Technology, Television, and Competition

Technology, Television, and Competition

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In the late 1980s and 1990s, the advanced industrial countries considered replacing the existing analogue television infrastructure with a new digital one. A key common feature to the debates over digital TV (DTV) in the United States, Western Europe and Japan was the eventual victory of the ideas of digitalism (the superiority of everything digital over everything analogue) and of digital convergence (the merging of computing, telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures made possible by digitalization) in public debates over standards. Jeffrey Hart's book shows how nationalism and regionalism combined with digitalism to produce three different and incompatible DTV standards in the three regions, an outcome which has led to missed opportunities in developing the new technologies. Hart's book contributes to our understanding of relations between business and government, and of competition between the world's great economic powers.would facilitate down conversion of HDTV images to both NTSC and PAL/ SECAM images.5 In addition, NHK selected a field rate of 60 Hz (60 fields per second) for the display of HDTV images. This was slightly ... Other manufacturers a€“ in particular, Toshiba, Hitachi, Matsushita, Sharp, Sanyo, and Mitsubishi a€“ joined the NHK-led efforts after several major technical problems were solved. At first, NHKanbsp;...

Title:Technology, Television, and Competition
Author:Jeffrey A. Hart
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2004-02-05


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