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Selected Topics in Digital Media: iTV
ISNM Lübeck
Winter 2006

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Organization: International School of New Media (ISNM)
Duration: Dec. 2006 - Feb. 2007
Location: Media Docks, Lübeck


The lecture covers the convergences of media distribution technologies including interactive television (iTV) using broadcast networks (DVB-C/S/T/H, MHP, etc.) as well as Internet Television (IPTV) using streaming services (RTP/RTCP, Flash, etc.) The course includes technology lectures and a student project. The project aims to realize an interactive media platform for the ISNM. The final goal is to create a modular design in order to support other use cases as well, e.g. Museum TV.

This project is sponsored by the Unabhaengige Landesmedienanstalt (  ULR).

TV, PAL, SECAM, NTSC, MPEG, HDTV, DVB-S/T/C/H, MHP, RTP/RTCP, Adaptive Streaming, Scaling, Filtering, QoS, CDN, MPEG-7/21.

All course material will be available as *.pdf files which can be viewed in a freely available Acrobat pdf-viewer from Adobe, the »Acrobat Reader«: Please look at   »Acrobat Reader«.

The *.zip files are compressed files. You have to install »WinZip« on your machine to open it. »WinZip« can also be downloaded at   http://www.winzip.com.

For those of you, who want to print several slides on one page to save paper and printer ink (good idea!) I would recommend to use any free printer tool like fineprint:
Please note, that the examination will take between 20-40 minutes.
All material is allowed. Pen and paper will be provided.

We will first discuss your contribution to the iTV project. Please prepare arguments for your part, possible alternative ways, restrictions, tools, etc.

In the second part, we will discuss the lecture topics.
Please be ready to discuss general concepts. You should be able to explain, how television has emerged from analog to digital technologies, how interactivity can be realized and how Internet Television works. Especially, the real-time transmission of data over IP-based networks will be discussed. It's not important to know specific iTV examples, but it might help you to explain general concepts with a concrete example.

The following parts of the lectures will be covered in the oral examination:

Introduction (Slides 1-61)
Networks (Slides 64-146)
Interactivity (Slides 147-167)
Realtime Transmission (Slides 168-200)
Adaptive Streaming - Scaling and Filtering (Slides 201-239)
Streaming Workshop (Darren Carlson)

The following parts of the lectures will NOT be covered in the oral examination. Of course you can speak about these topics during the examination, but no explicit questions will be asked.

Adaptive Streaming - Adaptation Frameworks (Slides 240-249)
Adaptive Streaming - Examples (Slides 250-316)
Adaptive Streaming - Future Challenges (Slides 317-328)
Remaking YouTube (Darren Carlson)
© 2003 Andreas Schrader & Martin Heike