Modern Cable Television Technology

ISBN-10: 1558608281
ISBN-13: 9781558608283
Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)
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List price: $131.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1052
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 4.444
Language: English

An overview of the technology underlying cable TV networks, this title covers the fundamentals of the technologies used to build and operate a cable television system. It covers the full range of transmission paths all the way from the interface to the TV, VCR, Web appliance or personal computer.

David Large is a Principal in the consulting firm Media Connections Group. He is a Fellow Member of the SCTE, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the NCTA Engineering Committee and a member of the NCTA/EIA Joint Engineering Committee. James Farmer is the Chief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Quality at ANTEC. A respected industry expert and communicator, Jim is widely published and is active in the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), among others.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Once Over Lightly
Introduction to Cable Television
Introduction
Technology-Related Regulatory Issues
The Development of the Cable Television Industry and Its Services
Cable Network Design
Coaxial System Limitations
The Introduction of Fiber Optics
High-Level Architecture Changes
Video Signal Security and Selective Service Delivery Issues
Consumer Equipment Interface Issues
Summary
Endnotes
The Signals
Analog Television
Introduction
Baseband Monochrome Video and Monaural Audio
Modulation
Modern Analog Television
Signal Quality and Customer Expectations
Other Television Systems
Summary
Endnotes
Digitally Compressed Television
Introduction
Broadcast Digital Television
Digital Video Compression
Digital Audio Compression
Digital Audio-Video Transport
Digital Transmission
Digital Television Standards
Summary
Endnotes
Digital Modulation
Introduction
Modulation Technology
Forms of Spectrum Sharing
Measuring Digitally Modulated Signals
Summary
Endnotes
Cable Networking Protocols
Introduction to Protocols
The DOCSIS Protocol for Cable Modems
Non-DOCSIS Protocols
Summary
Endnotes
Cable Telephony
Introduction
Modern Telephone System Architecture
The Telephone Network Digital Hierarchy
Elements of a Cable Telephony System
Network Engineering: Quality of Service
IP Telephony
The 911 System
DS1/E1 Transport on IP Networks
Summary
Endnotes
Headends
Signal Reception
Introduction
Off-Air Reception
Satellite Reception
Other Methods of Receiving Programming at Headends
Summary
Endnotes
Headend Signal Processing
Introduction
Signal Processors
Modulation
Phase Locking of Carriers
Demodulation
TV Stereo
Satellite Earth Station Receiving Equipment
Digital Video Interfaces
Signal Handling in Headends
Ad Insertion
Video On Demand and Digital Ad Insertion
Summary
Endnotes
Headend Operation
Introduction
Cable Television Band Plan
Headend RF Management
Headend Fiber-Optics Management
Signal Quality Tests
Summary
Endnotes
Broadband Distribution Systems
Coaxial RF Technology
Introduction
Coaxial Cable
Amplifiers
Passive Coaxial Components
Power Supplies
Summary
Endnotes
Coaxial Distribution System Design
Introduction
Carrier-to-Noise Ratio
Carrier to Distortion
Noise-Distortion Trade-Off
System Powering
Signal Level Management
Signal Level Stability
The Service Drop
Summary
Endnotes
Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation
Introduction
Optical Basics
Multimode Optical Fibers
Single Mode Optical Fibers
Network Passives
Linear Optical Transmitters
Optical Amplifiers
Optical Receivers
Interactions Among Transmitters, Fibers, and Receivers
End-to-End Fiber-Optic Link Performance
Summary
Endnotes
Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
Introduction
Wavelength Multiplexing: WWDM, CWDM, and DWDM
Components for WDM Systems
WDM-Specific Design Factors
Crosstalk Mechanisms
CSO Due to Transmitter Chirp Combined with Imperfect Channel Flatness
Degradation in Shared-Detector, Multiwavelength Systems
Summary of WDM Link Performance
Endnotes
Linear Microwave Signal Transportation
Introduction
U.S. Regulation of Microwave Transmission
General Operational Principals
Path Design
Performance Calculation
Link Availability Factors
Summary
Endnotes
End-to-End Performance
Introduction
Quality Standards and Requirements
Performance Allocations Among Sections of the Cable System
Noise and Distortion Allocations in Cable Systems
Typical Network Transmission Quality Under Operational Conditions
Summary
Endnotes
Upstream Issues
Introduction
The Two-Way Node
Downstream and Upstream Frequency Partitioning
Group Delay of Diplex Filters
Block Conversion
Return Signal Level Issues
Optional Ways to Specify Return Lasers
Characteristics of Return Lasers
Spurious Signals in the Return Path
Characteristics of the Composite Reverse Signal
The Reaction of Active Components to Signal Characteristics
Common Path Distortion
Return Path Interference Mitigation Techniques
Examples of Signal Apportionment
Summary
Endnotes
System Architecture
Architectural Requirements and Techniques
Introduction
Performance Parameters
Requirements by Service Type
Scalability
Summary
Endnotes
Architectural Elements and Examples
Introduction
Architectural Elements
Architectural Examples
Summary
Endnotes
Digital Fiber Modulation and Deep Fiber Architectures
Introduction
Difference Between Analog and Digital Modulation
Digital and Analog Transmitters
Digital and Analog Receivers
Combining Analog and Digital Transmission on the Same Fiber
Low-Frequency Content Removal in Digital Transmitters
Bidirectional Transmission
Fiber-Deep Architectures
Distance Limitations in Fiber-Deep Systems
Summary
Endnote
Network Reliability and Availability
Introduction
History and Benchmarking
Definitions and Basic Calculations
Effects of Redundant Network Connections
Absolute Versus User-Perceived Parameters
Network Analysis
Analysis of a Typical HFC Network
Summary
Endnotes
Customer Interface Issues
Analog Video Reception
Introduction
Non-Set-Top Resident Program Denial
Set-Top Resident Program Denial--Analog Modulation
The Set-Top Terminal
Summary
Digital Set-Top Terminals and Consumer Interfaces
Digital Set-Top Terminals and Interfaces
Relevant Standards
Cable TV Digital In-Home Processing
Out-of-Band Channels
Output Interfaces and Copy Protection
Using Two Conditional Access Systems
Optional Personal Video Recorder
Middleware
Summary
Endnotes
Consumer Electronics Interface
Introduction
The Nature of the Interface
Connecting Cable, TVs, VCRs, and Set-Top Terminals
Consumer Electronics Interface Issues
Frustrated Product Features
Early Attempts
Management of Expectations
Legal Aspects of Cable-Consumer Electronics Compatibility
Standards
OpenCable
National Renewable Security System
Summary
Endnotes
Equipment Compatibility
Introduction
Levels of Interference
Direct Pickup Interference
Receiver Performance
Regulatory Status
Summary
Endnotes
Home Networks
Introduction
Applications
Challenges
Requirements for a Residential Gateway
Connectivity
Multiplexing and Address Management
Configuration and Performance Management
Security
Quality of Service
Wired Networks
Wireless Networks
CableHome
Summary
Endnotes
Channel Allocation
Video Waveforms
Glossary
Index

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