Online Course

Fundamentals of SDV, Digital Video & MPEG Video


This course is designed to provide a comprehensive technical understanding of digital video fundamentals and troubleshooting best practices. Participants will gain a solid understanding of digital video, switched digital video (SDV) and moving pictures expert group (MPEG) video technology, network architectures as well as common provisioning parameters and maintenance concerns in a digital video network. Beginning with an overview of digital video technology, the course will then explore the components that make up a digital video network, how it works, the integration within the HFC network, trouble isolation and resolution and the benefits of deploying a SDV solution.

Seminar Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, each participant will be able to:

  • Describe the components of Digital Video (DV), Switched Digital Video (SDV) and Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) network architectures
  • Explain how Digital Video (DV), Switched Digital Video (SDV) operate
  • Compare and contrast Digital Video (DV), Switched Digital Video (SDV) network architectures 
  • Detail the signal processing and flow of a basic Switched Digital Video (SDV) network
  • Compare and contrast unicast and multicast delivery options
  • Discuss the troubleshooting process
  • Identify, isolate and repair impairments in the Digital Video (DV), Switched Digital Video (SDV) and Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) video networks

Included in the Course

  • Module assessments
  • Course final exam


Self-paced interactive Online Course: Learners start the SCTE course at any time, study at their own pace, and have access to online content after they register. On average, learners will spend approximately .5 to 1 hours per week over 12 weeks completing course activities. SCTE provides access to the course for 1 year from date of purchase.

System Requirements: A high speed Internet (HSI) connection, Internet browser with HTML 5 support.  

Instructor-Led Onsite Boot Camp Course: The SCTE VirtuLearn® course may be delivered as an onsite boot camp over 1 days.

Course access information will be emailed when the course is purchased.

Target Audience

  • Broadband Premises Installer / Technician
  • Commercial Installer or equivalent
  • Broadband Premises Maintenance Technician or equivalent
  • Mid to senior level technicians, Advanced technical and operational personnel
  • Network architects
  • System engineers
  • Technical operations managers
  • Engineering managers
  • NOC managers

Recommended Prerequisites

SCTE Broadband Premises Installation or equivalent

Upon Successful Completion

  • SCTE course completion certificate
  • 1 recertification units (RUs) towards SCTE certification renewal