[linux-dvb] DVB-H support

Javier Gálvez Guerrero javier.galvez.guerrero at gmail.com
Mon Sep 22 20:42:07 CEST 2008


*Barry*, did you refer to this <http://limbos.wiki.sourceforge.net/>?
(Limbos project). I was looking for a specific Terratec DVB-T receiver to
get it working but I can't find it (many versions of Terratec receivers and
Limbos site doesn't specify which one was used). Which device did you used
to receive DVB-H streams?

*Uri,* what I'm trying to develop is a seamless handover framework based in
the future IEEE 802.21 Media Independent Handover standard (now on draft
stage). This standard is aimed to provide seamless access services provided
through IEEE 802 technologies such as 802.11 or 802.16 and cellular 3G ones.
In the latest meetings of IEEE 802.21 working group a study group was
created in order to provide with ideas to include in the standard HO support
regarding broadcast/multicast services networks such as DMB and DVB-H with
the other technologies. That's why I want to include DVB-H handover
management in my video streaming application with a handover daemon.

Of course signal strength is not intended to be the only parameter to
consider. Many others like the technical ones you said are to be considered
as well. Also commercial parameters should be taken into account (like
number of clients, roaming agreements and others).

*Uri* and *Patrick*, I thought that dvb-utils (LINUX TV) provided with a
scan application that worked both with DVB-T and DVB-H as shown in Limbos
project site. I thought that through the linux TV API and applications I
could get the PIDs and the ESG properly. Anyway, getting the ESG with
MADFLUTE, parsing it with libxml and then getting the IP stream through the
PAT/PID (dvb-utils) could be possible? I don't know exactly the DVB-H
service flow but once I knew that it can be done then I would read the linux
tv documentation as deep as needed and look for help when necessary.

As said in previous mails, I don't know the linux TV utilities and that's
why I ask if I can get information to manage DVB-H handovers and to decode
the video/audio/data stream and use an application like VLC or a streaming
framework like gstreamer to embed the video in a C++/Java GUI.

Your help is much appreciated, thank you all.

Best regards,

2008/9/22 Patrick Boettcher <patrick.boettcher at desy.de>

> Hi Javier,
> On Mon, 22 Sep 2008, Javier Gálvez Guerrero wrote:
>> Regarding the ESG I don't know how to deal with it as I'm a complete
>> novice with LinuxTV/dvb-utils. First I wanted to know if it was possible to
>> get DVB-H streams with it and what hardware would be proper. I supposed that
>> demuxing and selecting the contents would be nearly the same that in DVB-T,
>> as the main difference is the time slicing in DVB-H streams.
> It is very different from DVB-T (where the audio/video stream is
> transmitted with MPEG-2 packet stream sections).
> In DVB-H you need to discover the IP services with some scan utility (*)
> and then you need to feed the service's IP data (which was requested over a
> multicast join request, for example).
> Everything you want is existing as of today, though it might not be easy to
> find it (*). You can use dvbsnoop to get the information of which section /
> PID carries which IP service and then you can run dvbnet to have this
> MPE-section demuxed and get the IP-data on the IP-stack.
> In dvb-apps you'll find a project called libesg which can be used to
> process the ESG which is carried in a certain section. To receive the ESG
> you need to use a FLUTE-application (e.g. mad flute).
> Patrick.
> (*) - I'm currently working on a very very basic implementation of a daemon
> which is doing the service recovery and the ip-request-to-mpe-section lookup
> for DVB-H. The project was on standby, but I'm planning to fix the latest
> stuff and commit it to dvb-apps this weekend...
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