Making home terminal equipment easier to operate and simpler to incorporate with consumer electronics equipment is an urgent need for the cable industry. The home video/electronics center needs ultimately to be engineered as a whole -- not left to chance, which has been the inevitable result of the different business motivations and technical directions of cable equipment designers and their counterparts in the home electronics industry.
This paper discusses the use of baseband video as the common single element in a systematic approach to the interconnect problem. The "user -friendly" operation of the baseband converter is examined in relation to:
o EIA baseband decoder interface o On-screen display for menu-driven event programming and other user features o BTSC stereo and audio issues