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The Essential Guide to Digital Set-Top Boxes and Interactive TV

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

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    Good Technical Book on TV Set Top Box Design, Operating Systems, Middleware, and Applications

    This is very good unbiased technical book that covers most technologies and options available for television set top boxes - STBs. The book starts by explaining the key components and operation of TV broadcast systems. This can be helpful to software developers who are new to TV systems (a bit basic for experienced TV professionals). It does a great job of explaining STB operating systems, applications, and application program interfaces - APIs. The book provides a good description of the key steps in developing STB applications. Most diagrams (and there are many) are good (identify key components and relationships). It identifies and analyzes the key suppliers and their systems which is kind of a mini-directory of key STB manufacturers, middleware developers, and component providers (it can be hard to find and identify these companies). I might have only given this book a 4 star review if there were other available books because it is a bit old and has some choppy presentation (it is still an essential book today). If you are developing TV applications, this is a great book to round out your understanding of TV systems and STB operation.

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