Adaptive Beamforming in a Digital Terrestrial Television Multiple Frequency Network

Peter Bagot, Andrew Nix, Mark Beach, Joe McGeehan, Peter Moss

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Paper

Abstract

Digital TV broadcast is available in the vast majority of countries. It has now completely replaced analogue as the main delivery system for terrestrial television in the UK. A digital television broadcast system offers many improvements over analogue transmission. It allows the delivery of a greater number of TV channels into the home by multiplexing multiple channels onto the same transmission frequency. If the signal is successfully received and decoded, it can guarantee a set picture quality, as digital is more resilient to noise and interference than analogue. This can be exploited further by reducing the total broadcast power at the transmit towers, something that has already been achieved as part of the digital dividend. This research explores whether the broadcast power could be decreased further, or if more users could be covered
using the same broadcast power, thus improving energy efficiency. If the broadcaster had access to accurate channel state information (CSI), then the entire broadcast system could be made more adaptive as beamforming techniques could be used to steer power to regions where coverage
is needed. CSI would come via feedback from television equipment with channel monitoring devices supplying a relay network that operates over the internet. This paper explores the potential benefits of deploying beamforming in a broadcast Multiple Frequency Network (MFN).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015
EventCOST IC1004 - 12th Meeting of European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 28 Jan 201530 Jan 2015

Conference

ConferenceCOST IC1004 - 12th Meeting of European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period28/01/1530/01/15

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