One of the key aspects of digital broadcast television is the need to compress the
digital video to reduce the transmission bandwidth requirement. Numerous video coding
standards have been defined with properties that depend upon the targeted application. For
example, H.263 is primarily designed for low bit-rate applications, and MPEG-II is used for
applications where quality is the most important aspect. These coding standards are primarily
models for how to efficiently code video. They, in general, do not consider how the coded
video is broadcast, and how the compressed video bitstream responds to transmission errors.
In this thesis, the properties of the MPEG-II coding standard are investigated (although many
of the results are extensible to the other frequency transform based video codecs). [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
EPSRC. Loughborough University, Faculty of Engineering.