DVB and MPEG Essentials

5 Day Course
Official Curriculum
Code PWL015

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The course provides delegates with a practical understanding of the technologies, vocabulary, techniques of MPEG and DVB broadcast systems, explaining broadcast the infrastructure, baseband SD and HD audio and video, MPEG-2/4 compression and Elementary and Transport Streams, CA and watermarking, MPEG and DVB PSI/SI tables and DVB modulation for satellite, terrestrial and cable, and IP delivery.


At the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Explain baseband audio and video concepts and techniques
  • Understand DVB systems and architectures
  • Describe MPEG video compression processes
  • Understand the effects of bit rate reduction on picture quality
  • Understand the issues involved in manipulating and transmitting MPEG signals
  • Understand CA and encryption systems and methods
  • Understand the relation between MPEG-2 Transport structure and DVB transmission structures
  • Describe IP and DVB modulation and delivery of Transport Streams in Cable, Satellite and Terrestrial environments

Target Audience

Technical staff working in an MPEG video environment who need an understanding of the specific technologies and issues associated with implementing and working with SD and HD MPEG and DVB systems.

Additional Information


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Television Architecture (10 topics)

  • Colour Television
  • Digital Video Broadcasting
  • Formats:
  • 4:2:2, 4:2:0
  • Digitally-Compressed Television
  • Digital Modulation :MPEG Hierarchy, MPEG-1 MPEG-2 MPEG-4
  • Digital Video Broadcasting
  • Cable Networking Protocols
  • Over-the-air broadcasting

Television Distribution Technology (4 topics)

  • Head-ends
  • Head-end Signal Processing
  • Head-end Operation
  • Delivery Mechanisms

TV Distribution Systems (12 topics)

  • Terrestrial UHF/VHF Broadcast Delivery
  • Satellite Television Delivery
  • Cable Television Delivery
  • IPTV Deliver
  • From head-end to viewer
  • Back-Channel
  • Set-Top Box Issues
  • Next Generation Media Players
  • IPTV Service Features
  • Encoder Classification: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264
  • ETSI Digital Video Broadcast Standards

MPEG Encoding (14 topics)

  • Source Encoding
  • MPEG Compression Concepts
  • Prediction and Interpolation
  • Reordering
  • Motion: Prediction, estimation and compensation
  • I, P and B Pictures
  • MPEG Levels and Profiles
  • Audio Compression
  • Framing Formats
  • Multiplexing of Signals
  • Pacetised Element Stream(PES)
  • Decode Time Stamp (DTS)
  • Presentation Time Stamp (PTS)
  • System Clock Reference (SCR)

MPEG Transport Streams and Packets (15 topics)

  • Transport stream format
  • MPEG Packets and headers
  • Service Information (SI), Program Specific Information (PSI)
  • Program Association Table (PAT)
  • Program Map Table (PMT)
  • Conditional Access Table (CAT)
  • NIT, SDT & EITs
  • Effect on STB Behaviour
  • Channel Coding and Forward Error RCorrection
  • Energy Dispersal
  • Reed-Solomon Coding
  • Convolutional Coding
  • Interleaving
  • Trellis Decoding
  • Temporal Spreading

MPEG-4 and H.264 Standards (9 topics)

  • Motion Vectors
  • Video Packet Structure
  • Interlacing
  • Motion Compensation of VOP
  • Advanced Coding Efficiency (ACE)
  • Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)
  • Dolby Digital (AC3)
  • Audio Codec 3, Advanced Codec 3, Acoustic Coder 3
  • Studio Quality Encoding

MPEG4 Part 10 and H.264 (16 topics)

  • Syntax of Encoding
  • H.264 Modes: I, P, B,
  • Slices and Macro Blocks
  • Macro Prediction
  • Intra Prediction
  • Luma, Chroma and Signalling prediction
  • Deblocking Filter
  • Transform Quantization
  • Reordering
  • Entropy Coding
  • Main Profile
  • B Slices and Reference Pictures
  • Weighted Prediction
  • Context-based Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding (CABAC)
  • Extended Profiles
  • MPEG-2/MPEG-4/H.264 Comparisons

Conditional Access (12 topics)

  • Conditional Access Mechanisms
  • CA Standards
  • Simulcrypt & Interoperability
  • Common Interface
  • Encryption
  • Entitlement Management Messages (EMM)
  • Entitlement Control Messages (ECM)
  • Encoding ECM and EMM into the transport stream
  • Subscriber Management Systems (SMS)
  • Smartcards and how do they work
  • Pay-Per-View (PPV) & Impulse-Pay-Per-View (IPPV)

Encryption Mechanisms (6 topics)

  • Symmetric and Asymmetric Key Systems
  • Public Key Infrastructures
  • Key Distribution
  • Security Issues
  • Authentication
  • MD5 and SHA

IPTV Delivery Protocols (9 topics)

  • UDP/IP
  • RTP
  • RTCP
  • Quality of Service
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 QoS compared
  • The Quality of Service Alphabet Soup:
  • 802.1P/Q, RSVP, WFQ, DiffServ, DSCP, MPLS
  • Pro-MPEG Error Recovery

Multicasting (9 topics)

  • Deploying Multicasting for network delivery of video
  • Multicast routing approaches
  • Multicast extensions to Routing protocols
  • Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM)
  • Selecting Mode of operation: Dense or Sparse
  • IGMP
  • Protocol exchanges to build tree
  • Protocol exchanges to prune tree
  • Potential failures and fixes


No specific television or broadcast knowledge is required, but a general familiarity with technical concepts is assumed. No prior background in electronics, transmission or programming will be assumed.

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