An Overview of Cable Television for MICAB

by Nathaniel E. Feldman

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Contains a presentation given at the First International Cable Television Market held in Cannes, France. North American cable television systems are a good approximation of what is currently feasible; emphasis has focused on 12-channel, single coaxial cable systems. The only means now available for providing more than 12-channel viewing is a converter, which is often plagued by poor quality reception. The alternative for gaining both high quality and high capacity simultaneously would be dual-cable installation, a costly venture in the United States, and probably more costly still for European countries. Also discussed are technological developments, communication satellites, pay television, community origination, the worldwide growth of local and regional television stations, interactive television in every home, and the continuous international distribution of national networks.

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