Television Via Satellite

  • Stephen P. Dulac
  • John P. Godwin
Part of the The Economics of Information, Communication and Entertainment book series (ECOINFORM, volume 01)

This chapter provides an overview of satellite direct-to-home (DTH) digital television in the Americas. It covers the history and some technical specifications. Differences between satellite DTH's ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) and terrestrial systems are compared. The paper concludes with notes on key technology evolutions that allowed the introduction of digital DTH satellite service and contribute to its continued growth today.


International Telecommunication Union Motion Picture Expert Group Electronic Program Guide Conditional Access Boeing Company 
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  • Stephen P. Dulac
  • John P. Godwin

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