An Introduction To Layered Division Multiplexing

EBU BPN 107

This Members only report provides an introduction to LDM, which is a technique enabling the simultaneous delivery of two independent broadcasting services in one terrestrial RF channel.

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This Members only report provides an introduction to LDM, which is a technique enabling the simultaneous delivery of two independent broadcasting services in one terrestrial RF channel.

Layered Division Multiplexing (LDM) is a way of multiplexing two signals in a single RF TV channel in order to enable simultaneous delivery of two streams conveying independent or complementary broadcast services. This is possible by using spectrum overlay and signal cancellation techniques.


Simulations and laboratory measurements have proven that LDM offers an efficient and flexible approach to deliver high quality services, e.g. HDTV and UHDTV, simultaneously to portable indoor/mobile and fixed receivers using a single 8 MHz UHF channel. The gain with respect to Time Division Multiplexing systems is in the range from 5 to 9 dB depending upon the specific configuration.


LDM has been included as a part of the baseline (mandatory) ATSC 3.0 standard tools, and is a matter of technical discussion in other standardization and broadcast entities such as FOBTV.
Despite the fact that LDM can be used in a variety of application scenarios, the most immediate use case is the simultaneous delivery of UHDTV signals and ultra-robust mobile/portable indoor HD services using a single UHF channel.

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Russian version of EBU BPN 107 [2016] - Special thanks to EBU Member RTR.