Set Top Box Testing

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Course Overview

The Set Top Box technology is a complex, hi-tech and new field in India. There is a scarcity of skilled and technically trained manpower presently. The objective 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.

Course Content

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?

Customer Reviews

Thanks to Xpertised and the tutor who walked me through all the topics with Practical exposure which is helping me in my current project.

Course was quite helpful in terms of understanding of concepts and practicality. Its really a very friendly environment to learn. The timing were mutually chosen, as we both are working professional. I am quite satisfied with the course.


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