Television Technology:

Fundamentals and Future Prospects


A. Michael Noll

(published 1988)


This book explains the technical workings of television. Conventional broadcast monochrome and color television are covered along with such alternative delivery systems as video cassette recorders, CATV, and satellites. New technologies, such as solid-state cameras, video discs, flat displays, and teletext, are also described.

The material presented in the book is intended for people with little technical or engineering knowledge. The material is intended to demystify the technical principles of television technology. Such a demystification is necessary for managers and other non-engineering people working in the television industry in broadcasting, production, or consumer electronics. An understanding of the technical workings of television can indeed be obtained by most non-technical people and will result in improved communication with engineering and other technical personnel.

This book resulted from courses in communication technology taught at the graduate level at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California and also at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. The material formed about one-half of a one-semester graduate-level course.




1. Introduction

2. History

3. Basic Principles

4. Monochrome Television Transmission

5. Colorimetry

6. Principles of Color Television

7. Picture and Camera Tubes

8. Receiver Circuitry

9. Video Tape Recording

10. Video Discs


Television Technology: Fundamentals and Future Prospects

is available from

Artech House

(800) 225-9977

ISBN 0-89006-332-X