The story of the evolution of high-definition television surrounds us. Yet even now, at the dawn of its actual debut, few people really know much about it. Joel Brinkley's book is a teriffic way to learn about this undeniably fascinating story of the evolution of HDTV. He weaves tension, humor and science into an interesting tale of international and domestic political intrigue, all the while never losing sight of his mission. His ability to explain the political side of the scientific challenge, and how it comes together, is clever, no doubt about it. Mr.Brinkley's account offers readers a grand illustration of American know-how, creativity, politics and invention. I do plan to read it again.
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Informative and fun. As an Internet consultant I'm intrigued by the possibilities of this digital age. The inevitable merging of telephony, internet, and televison require an understanding of each. Joel's book was a thoroughly enjoyable history of digital and HD TV. Sometimes reading like a soap-opera, this book brings the reader inside the decision making process of the TV industry and the FCC. It took me a day, maybe two, to read and I immediately started thinking about reading it again.
One minor shortcoming of this book is that it fails to investigate the leading role Japanese electronics companies will undoubtedly play in manufacturing television sets to the new American high-definition standard. But generally the book is painstakingly researched and elegantly written. A must for anyone who wants to get up to speed with the next great new consumer electronic product.