3 Day(s)


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


  • Anyone working with IPTV

Skills Gained

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

  • Describe the issues of video and data convergence.
  • Describe techniques, which can be used in IP to provide low uniform delay.
  • Evaluate IPTV technologies.
  • Design data networks, which will support IPTV.


  • Intro to data communications and networking.
  • TCP/IP fundamentals.

Course Specifics

Course Outline

What is IPTV?

What is IP? What is TV? Pixels, frames, colour, Analogue TV, digital TV, digital modulation, digital video broadcasting, video players. SDTV, HDTV. Multiple Program Transport Streams. Hands on: Base IP connectivity, simple IPTV

Video codecs

What is a CODEC, pictures and audio, digitisation, sampling, quantisation, encoding, compressing. MPEG, bit rates, resolution. Hands on: Working with codecs

IPTV architectures

Centralised versus distributed. Building blocks: Content distribution, middleware, transport infrastructure, CPE. Headend, Media servers, satellite servers

IPTV issues

Quality vs. bandwidth, Delivery methods: FTTH, ADSL, VDSL, 3G and others. Bandwidth, delay, latency, jitter, signalling. Hands on: Investigating issues of IPTV

IPTV performance and QoS

IP TOS field, queuing strategies; FIFO, WFQ, custom, priority, RED. Differentiated services, diffserv

IPTV protocol stack

RTP, RTCP, mixers and translators, RSVP. IPv6. Bandwidth requirements. Hands on: IPTV bandwidth calculations


SIP, SIP proxy, proxy server, redirect server. SDP. Hands on: SDP analysis


Video on demand vs. video broadcasting, architectures, RTSP, WNSRP. Hands on: Video streaming, RTSP analysis


Multicasting compared to unicasting and broadcasting, when to use and when not to use multicasting. IGMP, PIM-SM, SSM

Set top boxes

Internet TV versus IPTV. PC versus set top box, signal sources, decoding, software, QoE, management, TV connection. Interactivity


Impact of firewalls and NAT, ISMA, DRM, watermarking. Privacy

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

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Upcoming Dates

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