Understanding DVB-H

2 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code PWS100

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This 2-day course provides a technical understanding of how modern television services can be delivered to mobile devices. These devices might be mobile telephones, PDAs or Lap-top PCs. To appreciate the different potential services an understanding of Digital Video Broadcasting techniques and encoding is required. Making services mobile brings its own problems that need to be solved with innovative engineering solutions. Different kinds of video and TV service can be offered through mobile devices and the service must be designed to deliver service when and where required.

This course is designed for delegates who need an introduction to all of the aspects of the technology, equipment and network architectures that are being utilised to provide these services. The course also provides a comparison with some other broadcast technologies to expose the competitive pressures that drive the technology specifications.


When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the delivery of Digital Video Broadcasting to Hand-held devices (DVB-H)
  • Appreciate how very low bit rate Video is encoded
  • Select appropriate encoding and delivery standards
  • Appreciate mechanisms for error reduction and control
  • Appreciate the trend in the technologies


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Digital Video Broadcasting Standards (9 topics)

  • Digital Video
  • What is DVB?
  • DVB Blue-Book
  • DVB classifications
  • Overview of a DVB system
  • Wired vs Wireless Networks
  • Error Performance of Wireless Services
  • Demonstration: Digital Video over Wireless WiFi Network

Video Compression Systems (17 topics)

  • Temporal Model
  • Image Model
  • Entropy Encoding
  • MPEG-2 Encoding
  • Limitations of MPEG-2
  • MPEG-4
  • Coding Rectangular frames
  • Encoding Arbitrary Shapes
  • Scaling
  • Texture Coding
  • MPEG-4 Part 10 / H.264
  • Inter Prediction
  • Intra Prediction
  • Deblocking
  • Reordering
  • Error tolerance
  • Demonstration: Encoding Differences

Digital Video Broadcasting for Hand-held (13 topics)

  • Conceptual structure of DVB-H receiver
  • Using a DVB-H system (sharing a MUX with MPEG services)
  • Time-slicing
  • 4K mode and in-depth inter-leavers
  • Data-casting
  • An overview of the architecture
  • Nodes and traffic cases
  • CBMS Reference Points
  • DVB-H signalling
  • DVB-H and 3G
  • WiFi, WiMax and 3G
  • Demonstration: Problems multicasting over Wireless

DVB-H Physical Layer (6 topics)

  • Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB)
  • T-DMB DVB-H Comparison
  • Framing Structure
  • Channel Coding
  • TPS-bit signalling
  • Modulation for digital terrestrial television (DVB-T)

DVB-H Link Layer (5 topics)

  • Link Layer Issues
  • Multi-Protocol Encapsulation (MPE)
  • Time-slicing
  • Memory Issues

DVB-H Service Information (15 topics)

  • Types of Service: Broadcase, Video Streaming, VoD
  • Specification for Service Information (SI) in DVB Systems
  • Content delivery protocols
  • DVB-H Service Access
  • Delivery system descriptor
  • Cell list descriptor
  • Use of time-slicing and optional MPE-FEC
  • Support of detection of DVB-H system services on a transport stream
  • Support of hand-over between transport streams
  • The Mobile Terminal
  • IMS Integration
  • Point-to-Point Service
  • Addressing Issues
  • IPv6 mobility
  • Numbering and ENUM

Network Issues (6 topics)

  • DVB-H Networks
  • System Information and Use
  • General principles for using DVB-H system
  • Reference receivers
  • Coverage Issues
  • Case Studies


Prior knowledge of IPTV systems will be assumed such as that obtained from the 2-day Introduction to IPTV Broadcasting Systems course. Prior knowledge of mobile network technology is also helpful.

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