Ed Milbourn offers some excellent reading suggestions in his 11th article in this critically acclaimed series.
For those interested in the history of HDTV and/or the history of television itself, I highly recommend the two books first described. For those involved in businesses related to any phase of the design and marketing of products such as HDTV, I encourage you to read the third.
Defining Vision by Joel Brinkley
This book reads like a novel, taking the reader into the politics and personalities surrounding the development of HDTV. Although Joel has an agenda and a somewhat "tongue-in-cheek" style, these factors do not get in the way of this well researched and fascinating chronology.
Tube by David and Marshall Fisher
This book is one of the best - if not the best - historical review of the development of television. The Fishers take readers from the embryonic mechanical TV systems through the inception of HDTV. Most interesting are the stories of the personal struggles endured by the many television pioneers.
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
This book should be required reading by all those involved in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of complex products. The author describes how "disruptive" technologies can cause "great firms to fail." Several case studies are used to illustrate the innovation dilemma phenomenon, taking the reader through the faulted thought processes that lead to many firms' demise. And, yes, advice is offered on how to avoid, or at least manage, the "dilemma."
None of these books are technical in nature. So, you do not have to wade through a bunch of engineering speak to enjoy these three very interesting and enjoyable reads.
Posted by Ed Milbourn, September 7, 2005 3:20 PM
About Ed MilbournAfter graduating from Purdue University with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Education in 1961 and 1963 respectively, Ed Milbourn joined the RCA Home Entertainment Division in 1963. During his thirty-eight year career with RCA (later GE and Thomson multimedia), Mr. Milbourn held the positions of Field Service Engineer, Manager of Technical Training and Manager of Sales Training. In 1987, he joined Thomson's Product Management group as Manager of Advanced Television Systems Planning, with responsibilities including Digital Television and High Definition Television Product Management. Mr. Milbourn retired from Thomson multimedia in December 2001, and is now a Consumer Electronics Industry consultant.