Linear TV: Multicasting, IGMP and Multicast Routing

3 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum
Code PWL320

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Once Television could only be received over the air, via cable or via satellite. Today TV can be delivered over Internet Protocol (IP) services as well. Indeed many broadband carriers are offering Triple-Play networks where voice telephone, TV and Internet access are carried over the same network. Even Cable and Satellite operators now wish to converge towards this new common IP approach to enable delivery of TV to mobile phones and PCs as well as High Definition TV sets.

To be successful in this new technology, knowledge of both television and networking technologies is necessary. This course will provide these skills using 'hands-on' exercises in a classroom setting allowing attendees to Send and Receive IPTV over in-class networks.

This will examine the distribution of live Television over multicast protocols. The course will cover how multicast streams are requested and delivered, RTP/RTCP, how to configure switches for OSPF routing, PIM, IGMP and interrogating Cisco switch tables.

Delegates on this course will complete 'Hands On' sessions which will enable them to design and build multicast multimedia systems.


Upon completion candidates will be able to:

  • Install and use an IPTV Streaming application to stream TV
  • Install and use an IPTV Client to play multicast IPTV
  • Install and use a protocol analyser to decode and troubleshoot multicast protocols
  • Monitor Layer 2 LAN Multicasting
  • Hands-on configuring routers to carry PIM Sparse Mode multicast
  • Monitor Layer 3 multicast streams
  • Implementing Link aggregation to improve bandwidth and reliability
  • Implement Hot Stand-by Routing Protocol
  • Build in class a working network carrying Live Video over multicast IP and test failover mechanisms.

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Hands-On Learning 

Delegates on this course will complete 'Hands On' sessions which will enable them to design and build multicast multimedia systems.


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Next Generation Broadcast IPTV Architecture (6 topics)

  • Home Delivery of Digital TV over IP
  • TV Program Distribution and Delivery
  • What is IPTV
  • Components of a TV Service
  • Hands-on Exercise: Installing VLC and Playing Multicast IPTV
  • Hands-on Exercise: Installing Wireshark and Capturing Multicast TV Protocols

Structure of Protocols Used to Carry IPTV (11 topics)

  • Digital Video Broadcasting
  • Ethernet IEEE 802.3
  • Ethernet Aggregation
  • TCP
  • UDP
  • RTP and RTCP
  • Keeping Time with NTP
  • Hands-on Exercise: High Bandwidth Reliable Operation using Aggregation
  • Hands-on Exercise: Transmitting Multichannel TV through Aggregated services
  • Hands-on Exercise: Analyzing Protocols with Wireshark

Configuring Cisco Switches (12 topics)

  • Cisco Switch and Router Architecture
  • IOS
  • Switching within a VLAN and forwarding via the MAC Address Table
  • Configuring Spanning Tree Protocol and resilience at Layer 2
  • Configuring Link Aggregation
  • Configuring VLANS
  • Moving Interfaces between VLANs
  • Hands-on Exercise: Configuring and testing Aggregation
  • Routing Concepts
  • Direct routing between VLANs on a Layer 3 switch
  • Resilient gateways and configuring HSRP/VRRP
  • Resileience at Layer 3 and dynamic routing at Layer 3 using OSPF

Requesting Multicast IPTV Streams (5 topics)

  • Multicast Concepts
  • Multicast Addressing
  • IGMP
  • Multicasting at Layer 2 and IGMP Snooping
  • Hands-on Exercise: Interrogating Multicast forwarding at Layer 2

Inter-switch Multicasting Using Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) (7 topics)

  • Multicast Distribution Trees
  • Identifying the Reverse Path, Threshold and Boundary
  • Sparse and Dense Mode
  • PIM Sparse Mode Operation
  • Hands-on Exercise: Analyzing PIM using Wireshark
  • Configuring resilient multicast forwarding at Layer 3, test failover and monitor the multicast routing table
  • Difference in setup of Any Source Multicast and Source Specific Multicast requests and streams

Multicast Forwarding within an IP Studio (3 topics)

  • Overview of migration from SMPTE2022 to SMPTE 2110
  • Requirement for synchronisation using PTP
  • Role of NMOS in registration and management of multicast streams.


Delegates should have a good understanding of IP and data networks. These skills can be gained by attending our TCP/IP and Networking Essentials course. Check if you have the required level of IP and data networking knowledge to attend this course by taking our pre-course skills assessment.

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