Measuring and decoding DVB-S2 multistream

October 1, 2012.

What is the multistream technology?

As part of the GSE (Generic Stream Encapsulation) protocol adopted in DVB-S2, DVB-C2 and DVB-T2 standards it is possible to aggregate independent transport streams into one single radiofrequency carrier that is commonly referred to as multistream. Each individual transport stream is identified by its ISI (Input Stream Identifier) and can be recovered transparently on the receiver side.

Example of a multistream transponder (Eutelsat 12.5ºW 12.718 MHz H/H)

It is now possible to measure and decode multistream channels with RANGERNeo + field strength meter. In order to do so the ISI FILTERING must be enabled under the signal parameters menu of the field strength meter as shown on the picture below.

ISI filtering is disabled
ISI filtering is disabled
ISI filtering is now enabled
ISI filtering is now enabled

We can then enter a specific stream identifier that will be used by the field strength meter to recover the corresponding transport stream, service list and programmes data.

Signal parameters of the current DVB-S2 multiplex
Signal parameters of the
current DVB-S2 multiplex
DVB-S2 services
Selecting a service from the current
DVB-S2 multiplex
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