Defining Vision: How Broadcasters Lured the Government into Inciting a Revolution in Television, Updated and Expanded

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Author: Joel Brinkley
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by joezydeco   2020-05-03
If you're an insomniac, I recommend David Brinkley's book "Defining Vision : How Broadcasters Lured the Government into Inciting a Revolution in Television"

It's an account of the incredibly messy process that got us the ATSC standard in the USA. A little dry but a little interesting.

https://www.amazon.com/Defining-Vision-Broadcasters-Governme...

The upside is that the group took so long to define a standard that digital compression and broadcasting technologies matured enough so that HDTV in the US could be fully digital and not analog like the Japanese had pioneered and proposed as a world standard.

by joezydeco   2018-08-29
If you want a more complete (although dry) overview of how we got from NHK's MUSE to the USA's NTSC-8VSB / MPEG-2 system, the book Defining Vision: How Broadcasters Lured the Government into Inciting a Revolution in Television is a good resource:

https://www.amazon.com/Defining-Vision-Broadcasters-Governme...

The TLDR is that the USA took so damn long to make up their minds about a standard (while cleverly keeping the spectrum tied up and away from others that wanted it) that digital coding and compression was able to develop and mature into a system that worked. MUSE was an analog standard that would never fit into a single channel in the US system.