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International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 394965, 13 pages
Research Article

A Framework for an IP-Based DVB Transmission Network

1School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK
2Thales Alenia Space, C/Einstein 7, Tres Cantos-Madrid 28760, Spain

Received 14 December 2009; Accepted 29 March 2010

Academic Editor: Georgios Gardikis

Copyright © 2010 Nimbe L. Ewald-Arostegui et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One of the most important challenges for next generation all-IP networks is the convergence and interaction of wireless and wired networks in a smooth and efficient manner. This challenge will need to be faced if broadcast transmission networks are to converge with IP infrastructure. The 2nd generation of DVB standards supports the Generic Stream, allowing the direct transmission of IP-based content using the Generic Stream Encapsulation (GSE), in addition to the native Transport Stream (TS). However, the current signalling framework is based on MPEG-2 Tables that rely upon the TS. This paper examines the feasibility of providing a GSE signalling framework, eliminating the need for the TS. The requirements and potential benefits of this new approach are described. It reviews prospective methods that may be suitable for network discovery and selection and analyses different options for the transport and syntax of this signalling metadata. It is anticipated that the design of a GSE-only signalling system will enable DVB networks to function as a part of the Internet.