RTV systems

Subject description

  •    Introduction and overview of topics
  • Radio and Television
  • Digital transmission of signals
  • Multiplexing
  • IPTV, Interactive TV, alternative TV systems and cutting edge technology
  • Management of RF spectrum
  • Transmission systems
  • Satelite television
  • Cable television
  • Media convergence
  • The future of broadcasting in convergnt networks

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

The course is designed to teach about the systems for distribution of radio and television signals. Students will briefly learn the basic principles of analogue radio and television systems first. Greater attention will be devoted to more complex digital broadcast transmission technology and the problems to be solved for the reliable transmission of digital images and sound. The course addresses all three broadcast platforms: cable, satellite and terrestrial. For the purpose of a better understanding, the general presentation of the subject will be followed by a systematic treatment of the signal path, from coding in production companies through source and channel coding to the functional interpretation of the receiving signal using integrated receivers or set top boxes. The lectures will be followed by the overview of the methods of radio spectrum planning and allocation, and standardization in this area.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, tutorials and practical laboratory work.

Expected study results

Understanding the operation of broadcast systems, the differences and advantages of digital over analog systems, familiarity with the reception of broadcast signals through different channels and devices, and key aspects of planning the broadcasting spectrum.

Basic sources and literature

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 Refernece 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

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