For courses in TV, VCR repair or for advanced courses in Analog Communications taught in technical and Community Colleges and four-year schools. This practical, down-to-earth introduction to video systems begins with the most obvious difference between radio and television-the picture tube-and proceeds through computer monitors, VCRs, camcorders, cable TV, and high-definition television (HDTV). The author identifies the components of each system, then explains how each component contributes to the system's overall operation. Through this building-block presentation, students learn current solid-state and LSI circuitry, as well as how to apply that basic knowledge to the circuits and systems they will encounter in the future. Coverage reflects NTSC standards, and compares them to such systems as PAL and SECAM, to give students the background needed to understand all of the various global systems now in use.