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IP broadcast fundamentals

A 3 day
training course

IP broadcast training course description

A current hot topic in recent years has been the provision of multimedia services over IP networks aka triple or quadruple play. This course investigates the characteristics of video transmission and then studies the impact on IP networks.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Use Wireshark to analyse and troubleshoot TV streams.
  • Describe techniques, which can be used in IP to provide low uniform delay.
  • Evaluate IPTV technologies.
  • Design data networks, which will support IPTV.

IP broadcast training course details

Who will benefit:
Anyone working in broadcast.
TCP/IP foundation for engineers
3 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:


Overall reviews

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S. Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M. London Internet Exchange

IP broadcast training course contents

What is IPTV?
What is IP? What is TV? Pixels, frames, colour, digital modulation, digital video broadcasting. SDTV, HDTV, 4K. IPTV architectures, Contribution, distribution, delivery. IPTV standards.
Hands on: Base IP connectivity, VLC.
IPTV protocol stacks
IP, TCP, UDP, RTP. IPv6. HTTP. Bandwidth requirements.
Hands on: IPTV bandwidth calculations.
Video codecs
What is a CODEC, pictures and audio, digitisation, sampling, quantisation, encoding, compressing. MPEG, bit rates, resolution. I, B, P frames, GOP. MPEG 2, MPEG 4, H.264, H.265, VP9, AV1.
Hands on: Analysing MPEG frames.
IP issues
Quality vs. bandwidth. Bandwidth, delay, latency, jitter, signalling. Routers.
Hands on: Analysing jitter and other performance issues.
IPTV performance and QoS
IP DSCP field, queuing strategies; FIFO, WFQ, custom, priority, RED. Differentiated services, Diffserv. 802.1Q. Traffic shaping. QoE.
Hands on: best effort versus prioritisation.
UDP versus TCP
Reliable, unreliable, connection oriented, connectionless. Broadcasts, multicasts and unicasts. TCP flow control, TCP and performance.
Hands on: TCP window sizes.
RTP, ports, mixers, translators, RTCP, SMPTE, FEC.
Hands on: RTP analysis with Wireshark.
Multicasting compared to unicasting and broadcasting, when to use and when not to use multicasting. IGMP, PIM-SM, SSM. MLD.
Hands on: Analysing multicast streams.
HTTP, HTTPS, Chunked HTTP. Adaptive streaming. HTML5. DASH vs HLS.
Hands on: Analysing HTTP streams.
Firewalls, TLS, DRM, watermarking. Encryption. Geolocation. VPNs.
IPTV architecture and other protocols
Content providers, Service providers, delivery networks, home networks. Caching, Service discovery. RTSP. SAP, SDP. DHCP, DNS, NTP

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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