Pittsburgh DVB-H Pilot




GENERAL INFORMATION
 
   
LOCATION
 
Pittsburgh, USA
 
PARTICIPATING COMPANIES
 
Modeo (formerly known as Crown Castle Mobile Media)
 
CONTACT
 
Matt Sturgill, matt.sturgill@crowncastle.com
 
DURATION
 
Commenced June 2004, upgraded July 2005, will move to commercial operation 2006
 
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
 
Demonstrations, RF performance evaluation, terminal testing, and user trials
 
USERS
 
Friendly users and 3rd parties
 
SERVICE CONTENT
 
Live TV, Live Radio - Music videos, cartoons, sports, news
 
TARIFFS / PRICING LEVELS
 
Not applicable
 
   
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
 
   
TRANSMITTERS
 
9 transmitters (2kW EIRP) in SFN, covering Pittsburgh.
 
BROADCAST BAND AND FREQUENCY
 
1670-75MHz
Crown Castle owns 5MHz of L-band spectrum nationwide in USA which was won in FCC auction, 2003
 
DVB-H PARAMETERS
 
2k mode, QPSK 2/3 or 16QAM 1/2, GI 1/4, time-sliced with MPE-FEC
 
AMOUNT OF BANDWIDTH USED FOR DVB-H
 
Full bandwidth of multiplex in 5 MHz channel, typically ~4 Mbit/s net
 
VIDEO / AUDIO FORMAT
 
Video: Windows Media WMV9 , QVGA, 25fps, 250kbps
Audio: Windows Media WMAPro, 32-48kbit/s
 
INTERACTIVITY PLATFORM
 
n/a
 
CONDITIONAL ACCESS / DRM TYPE AND PROVIDER
 
Windows Media DRM
 
HEADEND EQUIPMENT
 
WM Encoders and servers, Thales IP encapsulators, Axcera and Thales transmitters, Kathrein antennas
 
RECEIVER / TERMINAL EQUIPMENT
 
DiBcom SD module with PDA’s, plus prototype devices from several different vendors
 
   
Information correct as of 20/12/2005
 

 

 

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