This practical and concise handbook provides a fascinating and intuitive look into the field of digital television. An ideal book for the nontechnical person, "Understanding Digital TV" provides step-by-step examples of the concepts and the principles behind broadcast media. The simple but accurate treatment of the subject will give readers a sophisticated understanding of the field and better information with which to judge home purchases. Readers will also gain insight into the positive and negative effects of digital compression which lies at the heart of digital television. Key features include: concise descriptions of television and radio broadcasting in easy-to-understand terms; insight into how a single worldwide TV standard can be achieved--despite apparently contrary developments in Europe, Japan, and America; comprehensive information on how new TV displays can be made more "watchable" and appealing; in-depth coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of competing technologies; insight into future developments in the field of broadcast media . . . and more! Written for the novice, "Understanding Digital TV" will be of particular interest to producers, advertisers, and other media people who need to understand and communicate in the field of broadcast engineering.