This course provides systems engineers and integrators with a technical understanding of current state of the art technology for capture, encoding and distribution of High Definition (HD) and 3D television. The course includes technical discussion of the technologies used with practical demonstrations where possible and appropriate. It will try to identify where commercial off the shelf technology exists and compare practical standards that exist for TV distribution.
Several distribution technologies exist each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Two groups of distribution technologies will be studied and compared in detail. Firstly delivery of services over radio frequency (RF) systems. This will include point to point microwave, terrestrial broadcast, RF over coaxial cable and over Hybrid Fiber Coaxial cable (HFC) networks. Distribution over optical fiber will also be examined considering the problems of selecting fiber types, transmitter wavelengths and system construction. Point to point single wavelength and multiple wavelength systems will be compared and both active and passive optical network systems (PON) compared.
A key part of any services is the compatibility of system component subsystems with each other and with national and International public services. The course will examine the currently available IPTV standards, standards for RF and for fiber optical systems.
Where feasible, practical demonstrations within the classroom will be used. These will be used to illustrate elements of the technology difficult to describe. Video presentation of field installations and field deployments will also be used.
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