Introduction to IPTV Broadcasting Systems

2 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code PWL010

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This 2-day course provides a high level overview of modern television broadcast systems and infrastructures, with particular focus given to the delivery of TV over the Internet. This will encompass both IPTV and Video on Demand (VoD). The course is designed for delegates who need an introduction to the technology, equipment and network architectures that are being utilised to provide these services. The course also provides a comparison with other broadcast technologies.

Delivery Options:

We have a number of public scheduled course dates, please see the bottom of this page.

As an onsite training provider, we can deliver this course in any location in the UK, EMEA, US and Asia/Pac. Please use our enquiry form or the course enquiry at the bottom of this page to enquire about pricing.


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

  • Understand the equipment and software used to deliver IPTV and VoD services
  • Describe the architecture of a these modern TV services
  • Compare Cable, over-air terrestrial, satellite and Internet delivery systems
  • Appreciate the trend in the technologies


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Television architecture and evolution (8 topics)

  • Introduction to Cable Broadcasting
  • The Signals
  • Analog Television
  • Digitally-Compressed Television
  • Digital Modulation: MPEG Hierarchy, MPEG1, MPEG2
  • Digital Video Broadcasting
  • Cable Networking Protocols
  • Over-the-air broadcasting

Cable Television Architecture (17 topics)

  • Head-ends
  • Signal Reception
  • Head-end Signal Processing
  • Head-end Operation
  • Broadband Distribution Systems
  • Coaxial RF Technology
  • Coaxial Distribution Design
  • Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation
  • Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
  • Linear Microwave Signal Transportation
  • End-to-End Performance
  • Upstream Issues
  • System Architecture
  • Service-Related Architecture Requirements
  • Architectural Elements and Examples
  • Digital Fiber Modulation and Deep Fiber Architectures
  • Network Reliability

Transmission for Next Generation Digital Systems (10 topics)

  • Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
  • Linear Microwave Signal Transportation
  • Digital distribution Systems
  • Linear Fiber-Optic Signal Transportation
  • Fiber Optic Transmission
  • Passive Optical Fiber (PON)
  • Wavelength Division Multiplexing: CWDM and DWDM
  • End-to-End Performance
  • Upstream Issues
  • Digital Fiber Modulation and Deep Fiber Architectures: SONET/SDH

TV Distribution Systems (9 topics)

  • Terrestrial UHF/VHF Broadcast Delivery
  • Satellite Television Delivery
  • Cable Television Delivery
  • IPTV Delivery
  • From head-end to viewer
  • Set-top Box Issues
  • Next Generation Media Players
  • IPTV Service Features
  • Encoders: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DVB-T, DVB-H

IPTV Network Architecture (16 topics)

  • Applications and their service needs
  • TV Program Distribution
  • Components of IPTV Service Network
  • Video Head End (HVE), Video Hub Office (VHO) , Video Serving Office (VSO)
  • Streamers
  • Routers and Switches
  • Distribution Networks
  • Core Networks
  • Access Networks: Wired vs Wireless
  • DSL Technology: ADSL, VDSL, G.Fast
  • Satellite Access
  • Fiber and Copper Loops
  • Set-top Boxes
  • Media Player Applications
  • Video-on-demand
  • Integration with Telephones and Internet Access: Triple Play

Next Generation Network Technology (12 topics)

  • Internet Protocol (IP) Delivery
  • Internet delivery options
  • Studio to distributor delivery
  • IP Delivery mechanisms
  • VOD Unicast vs Linear TV Multicast
  • Multicasting Addressing and Protocol Issues
  • PIM and IGMP
  • Quality of Service Issues
  • MPLS
  • 21st Century Network Implications
  • Triple Play Networks
  • Internet TV Portal

The Customer Interface: Set-top Boxes (7 topics)

  • Analog Video Reception
  • Digital Video Reception
  • Migration issues from Analogue to Digital
  • Consumer Electronics Interface
  • Equipment Compatibility
  • Networking Interfaces
  • Decoding Mechanisms

Security: Protected and Conditional Access (6 topics)

  • Protected Broadcast Driver Architecture
  • Asymmetric Public Keys
  • Symmetric Keys
  • Revocation
  • Windows Media Digital Rights Management
  • Watermarking

Industry Trends (4 topics)

  • Transmission innovations
  • HDTV, 4K and Improved Quality
  • Convergence Protocols
  • OTT & Adaptive Services


Delegates should have a basic understanding of IP. Technical delegates should have attended either Hands On TCP/IP or TCP/IP and Network Essentials for Broadcast Engineers, whilst non-technical delegates should have attended Understanding IP and Data Networking, or have similar skills and knowledge. An understanding of broadcast systems is also helpful but not essential.

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