10. Broadcast Systems

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch10

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

How to Cite

Richharia, M. and Westbrook, L. D. (2010) Broadcast Systems, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    Knowledge Space Ltd, UK

  2. 2

    QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dr Xuemin (Sherman) Shen BSc, MSc, PhD3 and
  2. Dr Yi Pan BEng, MEng, PhD4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  2. 4

    Georgia State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714287

Online ISBN: 9780470665619



  • broadcast systems;
  • direct multimedia broadcast;
  • direct-to-home television;
  • military multimedia broadcasts;
  • satellite radio systems


This chapter deals with satellite radio and multimedia broadcasts to small portable and mobile receivers. A section presents the technologies of three commercial satellite radio systems XM Satellite Radio Inc., Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and lworldspace (formerly, WorldSpace). The first-generation systems primarily targeted sound broadcasts; the second generation systems, facilitated by evolution in spacecraft and handset technology, offer a wider portfolio of service, including multimedia. The chapter examines practical issues essential in the implementation of Direct-To-Home (DTH) receivers, gives a general global review of DTH system status; and concludes with examples of prevalent European and US systems. Finally, it presents a case study of a military broadcast system addressing the US Global Broadcast Service (GBS) used by the US military in various theatres.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

satellite broadcasting