Digital TV Principles

Academic Semester:
Course TypeReference NumberSubprogram
Elective in subprogramTheory: ΤΠ50Δ5
Network Engineers
SemesterAcademic YearHours per week
Winter3rdTheory: 3 Lab: 2
PrerequisitesTeaching methodTeaching Language

Academic Staff

Faculty in charge: 
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Pallis Evangelos
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Course description

After a brief review of analogue television systems, a detailed study is carried out on the principles of digital TV broadcast/reception building blocks, following the DVB-T standard. Particular emphasis is given to the multiplexing of television programs and two-way (interactive) multimedia services. The course also focuses on technology convergence with telecommunication and Internet infrastructures for the implementation of heterogeneous backbone and access networks, and analyses cross-layer mechanisms for delivering QoS and optimized exploitation of available resources during multimedia services provision.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Analogue TV systems, (PAL, SECAM, NTSC, NICAM),
  • Introduction to digital standards (DVB, ISDB, ATSC, DMB)
  • Principles of DVB-T operation and analysis of building blocks
  • MPEG2/4 Compression,
  • Multiplexing and Encapsulation (MPE / ULE),
  • Encoding and Error Correction techniques (RS, FEC),
  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM)
  • Services and applications (EPG, IP broadcast, MHP, HBBTV),
  • Interactivity and two-way services
  • Single Frequency Networks (SFN),
  • Convergence with other technologies (regenerative architectures),
  • Mobile reception (DVB-H)
  • Digital Dividend and Spectrum exploitation

Bibliography - Reading

  • Walter Fischer, “Digital Television: A Practical Guide for Engineers”, Springer-Verlag, 2004, ISBN 3-540-01155-2.
  • Ulrich Reimers, “Digital Video Broadcasting: The International Standard for Digital HDTV”, Springer-Verlag, 2001.
  • ETS 300-744: Digital Video Broadcasting; Framing structure, channel coding and modulation for digital Terrestrial television (DVB-T).
  • IEEE Communications Magazine, ComSoc
  • IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting
  • International Journal of Digital Television, Intellect
  • International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting, Hindawi


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