Digital Broadcasting Systems

Course description

  • Theory of signal broadcasting 

  • Frequency bands for radio broadcasting and characteristics of signal propagation 

  • Basics of coding and decoding of broadcasting systems, channel encoding, multiplexing, and modulation methods 

  • Analogue radio broadcasting 

  • Digital radio broadcasting 

  • Analogue television and PAL video signal  

  • Digital television (terrestrial, satellite, cable) 

  • Interactivity in broadcasting systems (HbbTV) 

  • Signal distribution and broadcasting infrastructure 

  • Design of DVB-T and DAB+ networks and radio frequency spectrum regulation 

  • IPTV architecture and streaming video services

Objectives and competences

The course is aimed at learning about systems and technologies for the distribution of radio and television signals. The course deals with the basic principles of radio and television broadcasting systems. Students learn more about digital broadcasting technologies and approaches for reliable broadcasting. Students get familiar with all three broadcasting platforms; terrestrial, satellite, and cable with systematic explanation of the entire signal path; from source encoding in production houses, multiplexing, channel encoding, modulations, and functional interpretation of reception on receivers. In addition, students learn about the technologies and architectures of IPTV networks and the technologies of interactive services in broadcasting systems. The subject also deals with the basic principles of radio frequency spectrum regulation. 

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and practical laboratory work. 

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course students should be able to: 

  • Describe the reasons for the technology specifics of individual broadcasting systems 

  • Calculate the net and gross bitrate of individual multiplexes based on the selected modulation parameters 

  • To plan or choose modulation parameters according to broadcast requirements of different number of TV services in different qualities 

  • Understand the specifics of planning of broadcasting networks and radio frequency spectrum regulation 

  • Understand the methods and technologies of IPTV networks and streaming services 

  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of individual methods of broadcasting AV content from the source to the end user 

Reference nosilca

  1. Pogačnik Matevž, Tasič Jurij F., Meža Marko, Košir Andrej. Personal content recommender based on a hierarchical user model for the selection of TV programmes. User model. user-adapt. interact., 2005, vol. 15, no. 5, str. 425-457 

  2. GUNA, Jože, STOJMENOVA DUH, Emilija, POGAČNIK, Matevž. Users' viewpoint of usability and user experience testing procedure – gaining methodological insights in a case of an interactive HbbTV application. Multimedia tools and applications. Aug. 2017, vol. 76, no. 15, str. 16125-16143, ilustr. ISSN 1380-7501.  

  3. GUNA, Jože, STOJMENOVA DUH, Emilija, KOS, Andrej, POGAČNIK, Matevž. The TV-WEB project – combining internet and television – lessons learnt from the user experience studies. Multimedia tools and applications. Oct. 2017, vol. 76, no. 20, str. 20377-20408, ilustr. ISSN 1380-7501.  

  4. PEČNIK, Klemen, GUNA, Jože, KRIŠELJ, Miha, LEITGEB, Erich, POGAČNIK, Matevž. Extending the HbbTV standard for advanced services – tackling the digital divide. V: Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP), 2014 9th International Symposium on. 2014 9th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Sign (CSNDPS), 23-25 July 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom. Piscataway: IEEE, cop. 2014. Str. 531-535, ilustr. ISBN 978-1-4799-2581-0. [COBISS.SI-ID 10987348], [WoS, Scopus] 


Study materials

1. Benoit Herve, Digital Television: Satellite, Cable, Terrestrial, IPTV, Mobile TV in the DVB Framework, Focal Press, Third Edition, 2008, 978-0-240-52081-0 

2. E.P.J. Tozer, Broadcast Engineers's Reference Book, 2004, 0-2405-1908-6 

3. Robin Blair, Digital Techniques in Broadcasting Transmission, Focal Press (April 1999), ASIN 0240803663 

4. Amitabh Kumar, DVB-H, DMB, 3G Systems and rich media aplications, Focal Press, 2007, ISBN 13: 978-0-24080946-5, ISBN 10: 0-240-80946-7 

5. Pečnik K., Juvan Ž., Pogačnik M., Multimedijski sistemi, Založba FE, 2022, ISBN 978-961-243-447-2 

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

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