DVB-T2 and HDTV Second Generation Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcasting

2 Day Course
Code PWL250

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Governments everywhere are moving towards Analogue Switch Off in TV broadcasting. Digital Video Broadcasting standards for use terrestrially as well as over satellite and cable have been available for many years, but viewers and users often see limited benefits in migration. With recent changes in television formats, demands for high definition TV services have increased. These already exist for delivery over DVB-S and over cable but are not easy to achieve over DVB-T. Delivering new HDTV services and migrating from analogue to digital together can offer attractive possibilities to governments and the industry alike.

DVB-T2 provides new opportunities to increase performance of DVB-T services and with changes in channel coding and encoding compression, deliver HDTV services without increases in radio bandwidth. Already services are planned for implementation in 2009 in the UK and extensive interest is seen around the world in HDTV. To succeed new services will need to migrate encoding of video streams, change multiplexing techniques and implement new mechanisms in the radio layer to deliver better forward error recovery and more digital bandwidth.

This course provides a fast overview of how DVB-T current is deployed; HDTV services are encoded and delivered currently. It will then provide a detailed understanding of the frame structure, channel coding and modulation for a second generation digital terrestrial television broadcasting system that will be used by DVB-T2.


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

  • Discuss appropriate broadcasting/multicasting strategies for TV delivery
  • Compare encoding of SDTV and HDTV services
  • Identify how second generation DVB-T2 radio transmission can be implemented
  • Identify how to multiplex channels, video pictures and sound within a stream
  • Identify the key aspects of MPEG transport streams for second generation DVB
  • Appreciate the trend in the technologies and the evolution to second generation of TV broadcasting


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Television Architecture and Evolution

DVB-T2 (33 topics)

  • Reasons for evolution to second generation transmission
  • Key objectives of changes
  • DVB-T2 framing structure
  • Physical Layer Pipes (PLPs)
  • Input mode B
  • Frame Building
  • Null Packet Deletion
  • Baseband header Insertion
  • High Efficiency Mode Transport
  • BB Scrambling
  • FEC Coding
  • Outer encoding (BCH)
  • Inner encoding (LDPC)
  • Bit Interleaver
  • 16QAM, 64QAM and 256QAM modulation
  • Cell Interleaver
  • Time Interleaver
  • Coding and modulation of Layer 1 signalling
  • Signalling data
  • Modulation and error correction coding of the L1 data
  • FEC Encoding
  • Framing and Super-framing
  • Future Extension Frames (FEF)
  • MISO Processing
  • IFFT - OFDM Modulation
  • Carrier Distribution
  • Spectrum characteristics
  • Splitting of input MPEG-2 TSs into the data PLPs
  • T2-frame structure for Time-Frequency Slicing
  • Indexing of RF channels
  • Pilot patterns
  • Hands-on Analysis of MPEG Service Information

Set-Top Boxes for DVB-T2 (16 topics)

  • STB architecture
  • Main chipset vendors
  • Inside a digital STB
  • STB middleware
  • Functions of middleware
  • Middlewares
  • STB software stack
  • Customer Interface Issues:
  • Analogue Video Reception
  • Digital Video Reception
  • Migration issues from Analogue to Digital
  • High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
  • Consumer Electronics Interface
  • Dolby Audio Surround Sound
  • Personal Video Recording Interfaces
  • In-Home Networking

Migration to DVB-T2 (4 topics)

  • Typical DVB Terrestrial services
  • Migration from DVB-T to SVB-T2
  • Migration from Analogue directly to DVB-T2
  • Beyond DVB-T2

Evaluation and Review


Delegates should have a good understanding of broadcast technology, DVB, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4. If you do not have this knowledge you can attend the prerequisite course below.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

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