9. Digital Broadcasting Techniques and Architectures

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch9

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) Digital Broadcasting Techniques and Architectures, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch9

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



  • audio encoding;
  • digital broadcasting techniques;
  • digital video broadcast-satellite handheld (DVB-SH);
  • direct-to-individual broadcast system architecture;
  • military systems;
  • MPEG multimedia standards;
  • video encoding


This chapter introduces the concepts of satellite broadcasting systems applied in the context of personal reception. The chapter covers three broad areas - the first part builds on the concepts related to audio and video encoding and introduces their transport; the second part explains the essentials of direct-to-home (DTH) transmission systems; and the third part addresses direct-to-individual broadcast system architecture. Modern satellite and handheld receiver technologies enable television and radio broadcasts to handheld and portable personal devices. The final part of the chapter introduces and compares the direct-to-individual broadcast systems, discussing in detail system E and Digital Video Broadcast-Satellite Handheld (DVB-SH) standards both of which support commercial mobile television services.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

audio coding; military systems; satellite broadcasting; video coding