chapter  6
12 Pages

Digital Television & Video

WithPeter B. Seel

Television and video displays are simultaneously getting larger and smaller. There is also improved image resolution at both ends of the visual spectrum. The improvement in video camera quality in mobile phones has led to a global explosion in the number of videos posted online. In the United States, a massive retooling is occurring in broadcast and video production operations as the nation undergoes a second digital television transition. The increasing ubiquity of digital video recording capability also bodes well for the global free expression and exchange of ideas via the Internet. One key trend is the almost completed global conversion from analog to digital television (DTV) technology. There are multiple competing DTV standards based on regional affiliations and national political orientation. The global conversion from analog to digital television technology is the most significant change in television broadcast standards since color images were added in the 1960s.