Set Top Box Testing

( Duration: 4 Days )

The objectives of Set Top Box Testing course is to train technicians, engineers and professionals so that they acquire necessary knowledge to handle their jobs in Set Top Box Testing field effectively.

Technicians, Students, Engineers, Professionals, Dealers/Distributors, Repair mechanics, DTH Installers, Entrepreneurs.



The architecture of a set top box

  • General overview of STB hardware
  • General overview of an STB software stack e.g. drivers, middleware, CA, applications
  • Overview of the various types of vendor and who does what (hardware, low level software, middleware, security, applications)

Overview of content delivery and consumption

  • Broadcast delivery, Scheduling and playout, encoding, multiplexing, modulation, transmission
  • DTH, Terrestrial, Cable, and IPTV infrastructures
  • Security

Development and delivery chain for the STB product and where testing fits in

  • Overview of a set top box delivery product delivery chain from factory to customer
  • Product and software lifecycle and the part testing plays: integration testing, acceptance testing, field trials
  • Walkthrough of ‘typical’ test cycles to set the context

Common terminology and standards you will encounter

  • Industry standards and terminology: MPEG, DVB, Conditional Access
  • STB usage terminology: zapping, code download, EPG, nVOD, PPV, VOD etc
  • STB hardware terminology: ports, connectors and internal hardware

The principles of testing

  • Objectives of testing. The reasons why we need to test and what we aim to achieve
  • Testing techniques: unit, alpha, beta, integration, white box, black box, exploratory, acceptance
  • An introduction to black box testing of STB

Preparations for testing

  • Ensuring the test environment is fit for purpose
  • Monitoring the stability and consistency of the test environment during testing
  • Strategies in dynamic test environments

How to write tests

  • How to get started
  • A basic test case template
  • Guidelines for writing a test

Running the tests

  • The order of testing
  • Testing with and without documented scripts
  • How to handle tests which can’t be run fully

Recording test results

  • How to unambiguously determine the result of a running a test
  • Recording clear facts. Measurements, observations and test conditions

All about defects

  • A walkthrough of a defect lifecycle
  • What to record when raising a defect or updating an existing one
  • Associating defects with tests


  • Participating in a defect investigation
  • Understanding the objectives of a tester in assisting troubleshooting
  • Establishing repeatability of test results
  • Useful supporting information (documented test method, measurement method, debug traces etc)
  • Exercising caution with developmental builds and development environments

Testing techniques

  • Smoke testing
  • Regression testing
  • Positive and negative testing
  • Boundary testing and corner cases
  • Stress and stability testing – accelerated and real time testing: pros, cons and pitfalls
  • Performance testing

Making use of tools to support testing

  • Transport stream analysis tools
  • IR blasters and automated test script tools
  • Defect databases

Representative testing

  • Using production hardware and configurations i.e. the same as that of your customers
  • Testing with different connectivity and hardware configurations (cables, ports, TVs)
  • Using multiple STBs simultaneously – how many and why?

Encarta Labs Advantage

  • One Stop Corporate Training Solution Providers for over 3,500 Modules on a variety of subjects
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  • Get jumpstarted from newbie to production ready in a matter of few days
  • Trained more than 20,000 corporate candidates across india and abroad
  • All our trainings are conducted in workshop mode with more focus on hands On

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