To submit news items, contact Feyo Kolff.
DVB Scene eNews
(25 April 2013)
The new DVB Scene eNews is now
available online. Click here to read it or subscribe to DVB Scene.
DVB-S2 Session at Satellite 2013
(23 April 2013)
On March 20th there will be a special DVB-S2 session at the Satellite 2013 Conference in Washington D.C. and will
include speakers from various DVB experts and DVB Member companies. The session called "DVB-S2: More Flexibility
and Efficiency for the Future" will look at the deployment success of DVB-S2 and the next steps for the future.
New DVB Carrier ID Specification Approved
(10 April 2013)
Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), caused by operational errors
at the uplink, has a major impact in the Quality of Service for
satellite operators and their customers. However, these days
may be numbered now that the DVB Steering Board has
approved the new specification for Carrier ID. The specification
was ratified at the 73rd Meeting of the DVB Steering Board and
will now be submitted to the European Telecommunications
Standards Institute (ETSI) for formal standardization. Download the specification here.
DVB-T2 launching in Austria next month
(22 March 2013)
Austria's ORS, the transmitter company owned by public
broadcaster ORF, will start operating a new DVB-T2 pay-TV
service called SimpliTV next month.
The new pay-TV serice will be available on subscription only
alongside the current free-to-air DVB-T offer from ORF.
Compatible DVB-T2 receivers and Irdeto CI+ modules will be
availble in the shops from mid-April, and more details will be
announced at an ORS press conference around the same time.
DVB World 2013 - 3 weeks, 3 reasons
(13 March 2013)
DVB World 2013 will take place in exactly 3 weeks from March
11-13 in Madrid. There are
many good reasons to join DVB World. The 3 main reasons are:
great presentations about
DVB standards, broadcast, and beyond, many networking
opportunities to meet with a wide
range of industry experts and see DVB demos from various
exhibitors. See you in 3 weeks!
ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2013
(8 March 2013)
The ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium will take place next week from March 5 to 8 in Kuala
DVB will again have a presence through a sponsored DVB-T2 Implementation Workshop that
includes a joint demo combining T2 and T2-Lite with support from Sony, Harris, Enensys and
the BBC. Other DVB-T2 workshops will be presented by Enensys, Rohde & Schwarz and Nevion.
Finally, DVB Chairman Phil Laven will present at the conference on the Future of Broadcast TV
New Multi-Tuner Sub-Brand Logos Available
(1 March 2013)
In September 2010 all the DVB sub-brand logos were re-designed to have a uniform look and feel.
For the increasing number of multi-tuner devices and TV's in the market, DVB has now also designed combined
multi-tuner DVB logos such as DVB-T2/C2/S2, DVB-T/C, etc. This will allow a clearer marketing of DVB products and
a more compact logo on products or packaging.
If your company is not already registered for the correct DVB logos, please do so today!
New DVB Scene: Issue 41
(27 February 2013)
DVB SCENE Issue 41 (March 2013) has just been released.
This "Looking at the Bigger Picture" issue includes articles on: DVB-T2,
ENGINES, DigiTAG, the True Cost of OTT, companion screens, the big picture for
DVB: 3DTV, UHDTV and HEVC, DVB-T2 in Asia, switchover in Nigeria, DVB-T2
workshop in New Delhi, TV Festival Vietnam, FoBTV, DVB website news, and
MPEG4 on the Internet.
You can view, download or subscribe to DVB Scene here.
DVB-T2 Trial in the USA
(22 February 2013)
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given the green light for the
first-ever DVB-T2 trial in the USA.
A license for a 6-month trial was granted to Baltimore-based WNUV-TV. The trial aims to
provide a test bed for a more efficient OFDM based delivery standard, such as DVB-T2,
and will have an impact on how digital terrestrial TV will be delivered using current and
future standards in the US and beyond.
DVB World 2013 - Register Now
(18 February 2013)
The DVB World 2013 conference program has been completed
and registration has been
opened. Register now and benefit from the early-bird discount.
DVB Members and groups get
DVB World 2013 will take a look at what lies beyond DVB's
second generation and beyond the second
screen developments with the help of speakers from Wired, EBU,
ITU, RTVE, TU Braunschweig, SES,
Hispasat, Kabel Deutschland, Screen Digest, Octoshape, Orange,
ZDF, Eurovision, Global IP, Sony,
NDS/Cisco, HHI/Fraunhofer, SNL Kagan, Ericsson, Dolby and
DVB-S2 - Call for Technologies
(18 February 2013)
DVB has published a Call for Technologies (CfT) for Evolutionary
Subsystems of the DVB-S2 system.
Proposed DVB-Sx-subsystems should be submitted to the DVB
Project Office by 11 February 2013 at 23:59 CET.
More details can be found here.
Successful DVB-T2 Workshop in Delhi
(20 December 2012)
The DVB-T2 Implementation workshop in Delhi, jointly organized by
the ABU, Doordarshan (DD) and DVB on 4 to 6 December was a
successel event with nearly 100 participants from India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey. The workshop included
presentations and technical demonstrations from various DVB
member companies and experts.
DVB World 2013 - Program Published
(28 November 2012)
For nearly 20 years, DVB and its digital TV standards have been
at the forefront of digital TV. What technical and social
developments can we expect in the near future and what will TV
look like beyond DVB's Second Decade?
Greg Williams (Wired UK) will open DVB World by taking a look at changes in recent
digital technologies and consumer behavior. This topic will then
be further explored by public and private
broadcasters, regulators, digital media operators, manufacturers, and of course many
DVB-T2 Workshop India
(14 November 2012)
ABU, DVB and Doordarshan India will be hosting a joint DVB-T2 Implementation Workshop in New
Delhi on 4-6 December 2012. This special workshop is a unique opportunity to learn everything about
DVB-T2 implementation, technologies and products and a chance for manufacturers to explore this
potentially largest DVB-T2 market in the world.
You can now register and download the workshop programme.
DVB World 2013 - Save the Date
(9 November 2012)
For nearly 20 years, DVB and its digital TV standards have been at the
forefront of digital TV. What technical and social developments can we expect
in the near future, what will TV look like in another 20 years and what role will
Join DVB World 2013 to find out! (March 11-13)
DVB-C2 Patent Pool Makes Progress
(4 October 2012)
Sisvel announced at IBC2012 that it has been coordinating
meetings among owners of patents essential to the DVB-C2
standard for the purpose of creating a patent pool to offer
licenses under their combined portfolio of patents to make DVB-
C2 technology accessible to all users on fair, reasonable, and
non-discriminatory terms and conditions.
FOBTV Initiative Announces Leadership
(26 September 2012)
The Management Committee of the Future of Broadcast Television (FoBTV) Initiative, which was officially formed in Las Vegas last week
during the NAB Show, today announced its leadership team. Mark Richer has been elected FoBTV Chairman. Richer is President of the
Advanced Television Systems Committee, one of the 13 global technology and standards organizations that founded the FoBTV Initiative.
Phil Laven, Chairman of DVB, was named FoBTV Vice Chairman. The first Chairman of the newly formed FoBTV Technical Committee is Dr.
Wenjun Zhang, Chief Scientist, NERC-DTV.
DVB @ IBC 2012
(26 September 2012)
On Friday September 7th IBC 2012 will open its doors and DVB and
multiple supporting DVB member companies will again be present to show
the efficiency of
DVB-T2, T2-Lite, DVB-3DTV and more. The conference will feature a
dedicated DVB session on September 8th and a free Future of Broadcast
session on the 11th. See you on September 7th on stand 1.D81!
New DVB Scene: Issue 40
(1 September 2012)
DVB SCENE Issue 40 (September 2012) has just been released. This "Trends on the " issue includes articles from:
Michael Lagally, GEM in 3D /
David Wood, Forward thinking for 3DTV/
Vittoria Mignone, Carrier ID and interference/
Dietrich Westerkamp, TV sets get a companion/
Ulrich Reimers, Thank you DVB/
Nick Wells, On the horizon/
Phil Laven, FoBTV/
Alexey V. Malinin, Russia's migration to T2/
Myra Moore (DTC), Lifer after ASO
You can view, download or subscribe to DVB Scene here.
DVB at ANGA 2012
(2 July 2012)
At this year's ANGA Cable Exhibition and Congress held in Cologne from 12 - 14 June DVB
will be exhibiting on the booth of ANGA - the Association of German Cable Operators.
Precise details of the technology demo will be detailed in the next DVB eNews (May 31).
DVB will also present a Technology Panel titled 'Hot Topics in DVB' in the official
conference program that will take place on Tuesday, 12 June.
Thailand Adopts DVB-T2
(1 June 2012)
Following various meetings, seminars and trials, Thailand officially confirmed the adoption of DVB-T2 as its digital
terrestiral television standard on May 24th, 2012. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission (NBTC) is expecting the system to be up and running within this yearend has already started
making plans for the procurement of affordable DVB-T2 set-top boxes.
DVB-C2 for Delivering 3DTV
(12 May 2012)
DVB member Televes, a global firm specialising in the
distribution of TV signals throughout building infrastructures, is
set to deploy the first project in Spain for delivering 3DTV
services over DVB-C2. Televes leads the DERFO 3DTV project,
supported by several universities, the Gradiant Technological
Center and Continental Networks. The DERFO 3DTV project is
an ambitious endeavour to distribute 3DTV over fibre optic and
coaxial networks using the latest cable transmission scheme
DVB-C2. DVB-C2 was selected for its high bandwidth
efficiency, which is necessary to deliver 3DTV service
DVB at BroadcastAsia 2012
(2 May 2012)
DVB will be present at this year's BroadcastAsia Exhibition & Conference (June 19-22, Singapore) with
demos and presentations on DVB-T2 and DVB-C2. On Stand 4S4-06 you will be able to see a DVB-T2 and
T2-Lite demo and DVB-C2 TV's and set-top boxes. DVB
experts will also be participating in the official conference program in the "DVB-T2 Technologies - The
FOBTV MOU Signed
(26 April 2012)
At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, technical executives from 13 television broadcast organizations from around
the world, including DVB, completed signing a landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) to officially
form the global Future of Broadcast Television (FOBTV) Initiative.
Announced during a well-attended general session on FOBTV at the National Association of Broadcasters
convention, the MOU builds on the Future of Broadcast TV Summit held in Shanghai, China, in November
2011, where world broadcasting leaders established a framework for cooperation to chart the future course
of terrestrial television broadcasting.
DVB Receives Emmy Award
(24 April 2012)
Last week at the 63rd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards
ceremony at the 2012
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, DVB received a coveted 2011
Technical/Engineering Emmy Award. Dr Peter Siebert, DVB's executive
director, accepted the
award on behalf of DVB and all its members for DVB's work on the Active
Format Description (AFD)
DVB @ NAB 2012 - update
(16 April 2012)
It's NAB time! Tomorrow (Tuesday 17 April), DVB Project Office Director
Peter Siebert will present " DVB-T2-Lite: A Second Wind for Mobile TV? " in
the Mobile Video and Mobile TV session and will highlight the flexibility of
DVB-T2 and its mobile capabilites.
DVB will also have a presence through 50 or so DVB member companies
that are exhibiting at NAB 2012.
DVB Emergency Warning System
(1 April 2012)
The capability to inform a wide audience of immediate dangers such as
earthquakes is a relevant feature for every broadcast system. The Emergency
Warning System defined by DVB provides the necessary mechanisms to
distribute relevant information to the general public in case of emergencies.
A new DVB Emergency Warning System fact sheet describes which DVB
standards and documents are required and how the system works.
DVB-T2 (v1.3.1) Plug-Fest
(30 March 2012)
The DVB-T2 Validation and Verification (V&V) group,
coordinated by the Technical Module TM-T2 working group,
completed a very successful Plug Fest at the Thomson
Broadcast facilities in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, France, on the
6-7th March 2012. The aim of the Plug Fest was to validate the
latest version (v1.3.1) of the DVB-T2 specification (currently
released as DVB Blue Book A122 on 07/11) and the DVB-T2-MI
specification(currently released as TS 102 773 v1.3.1 on 01/12)
through the interoperability of independent hardware
implementations. This goal was certainly achieved.
First DVB-C2 Plug-Fest
(30 March 2012)
It became quite a busy day on Monday, 27th February 2011,
when more than twenty DVB-C2 experts from all over Europe,
as well as from Korea, came together on the invitation of DVB to
the RF labs of Kabel Deutschland in Berlin, to test their
prototype implementations of the new DVB-C2 standard for the
first time. They were setting up their modulators and
tuner/demodulators for testing in a realistic cable environment.
The DVB-TM Ad-Hoc Group TM-C2 had prepared a detailed
schedule and related technical testing configurations for the
three days of the Plug Fest.
Everything you ought to know about WRC-12?
(29 March 2012)
The rules governing the use of the radio frequency spectrum, as
far as they affect interference to neighbouring countries, are set
down in the ITU Radio Regulations. Every few years, the
world’s Administrations meet to decide on any changes that are
needed. The latest meeting, World Radio Conference 2012,
took place in Geneva in February 2012.
Market Watch - March 2012
(28 March 2012)
DVB Scene eNews - Market Watch - March 2012
DVB World 2012 - Report
(28 March 2012)
"Analog Off - DVB On" was the theme of this year's DVB World
conference in Rome referencing the upcoming switch-off of
analog television in Europe. Representatives of the broadcasting
world met to inform about the latest trends, exchange the latest
news and network in the coffee breaks. In addition, several
manufacturers used the opportunity to present their latest
products to an interested professional audience.
EBU WRC-12 Workshop: What Next for DTT?
(19 March 2012)
The World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-12) at the ITU has concluded, having set a
course for a second digital dividend, i.e. the allocation of the 700 MHz band to mobile
services. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Strategic Programme on Spectrum
Management is organizing a workshop to explain the conference decisions, explore the
consequences for Digital Terrestrial Television, such as DVB-T and DVB-T2, and identify
objectives to be achieved to sustain a viable terrestrial broadcasting platform. The broadcast
community is invited to participate in the workshop, to share its views and concerns, and
jointly identify actions to be taken and the associated timeline.
DVB Work on CI Plus V1.4 to Start
(19 March 2012)
Following the Steering Board approval of the Commercial Requirements for CI Plus v1.4 and an agreement
with the CI Plus LLP, DVB will now start its technical work on the updated specification.
These Commercial Requirements build on top of the current CI Plus v1.3 specification with two main
features: support for dual-stream operation with a single module, intended for a dual-tuner PVR host, and
support for DRM protected IP- delivered content. Other features include CI Plus browser extensions,
additional URI (Uniform Resource Identifiers) signalling, and extensions and clarifications for module
applications running on host middleware.
Indonesia Considering DVB-T2
(19 March 2012)
Following a public consultation in December 2011, the
Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Information
Technology is expected to publish a request for tender for new
digital television broadcasting equipment in the first quarter of
Indonesia originally decided to roll out a DVB-T network, but is
now expected to select the second generation standard, DVB-
DVB World 2012 Ends on Dynamic Note
(15 March 2012)
Yesterday, DVB World 2012 ended on a dynamic note in Rome. From March 12 to March 14 around 160 DVB, digital TV, telecom, spectrum and
energy policy experts attended over 25 presentations, 6 exhibition stands, a Master class session and many networking breaks, drinks and meals to
help shape the future of digital TV around the world.
You can read all about the topics covered and speakers on www.dvbworld.org and on David Wood's
DVB World blog.
See you next year on March 11-13, 2013!
DVB World 2012 starts next Monday
(8 March 2012)
DVB World 2012 starts next Monday, March 12th in Rome. Have you reserved your seat?
On top of a full conference programme, DVB World 2012 will also offer many networking opportunities during the coffee breaks, lunch and the evening event
on March 12th.
The full programme and registration information can be found on the event website: www.dvbworld.org.
DVB World 2012 Opens in 3 Weeks
(8 March 2012)
DVB World 2012 is taking place in exactly 3 weeks. With an emphasis on informed analysis and useful information, the event has
developed a reputation as a "don't miss" fixture in the conference calendar for anyone interested in DVB standards, technology and
The full conference programme and information about how to register and book accommodation can be found on the event website:
New DVB Scene: Issue 39
(27 February 2012)
DVB SCENE Issue 39 (March 2012) has just been released. This "Open Standards" issue includes
Martin Gold, CI Plus /
Ken McCann, High Efficiency Video Coding /
Heidi Hoffman, Adoption of 3D /
David Wood, DVB-3DTV Phase 2 /
Dirk Breynaert, Enhanced Satellite Standards /
Ian Barnard, DVB-T2 in Africa /
Ho Siew Mun, DVB Training /
Helmut Stein, DVB in Mongolia /
Myra Moore, IDTV Sales /
John Bigeni, Myanmar News.
You can browse the magazine online, download the PDF or subscribe to DVB Scene.
(27 February 2012)
At 11:11 AM Shanghai time on 11/11/11, more than 200 delegates to the
Future of Broadcast
Television Summit officially expressed unified support for a joint declaration
signed by technical
executives from DVB and 12 other broadcast organizations from around the
world that calls for global cooperation to
define new requirements, unify various standards, and promote sharing of
technologies to benefit
developed and under-developed countries and conserve resources.
DVB @ ABU DBS 2012
(23 February 2012)
DVB and more than 10 DVB members will be presenting and demonstrating DVB-
T2 technologies at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Digital Broadcasting
Symposium in Kuala Lumpur from March 6 to 9.
Next to the exhibition, DVB is
also participating at the conference and is hosting a DVB workshop with a special
focus on efficiency and
switching to DVB-T2.
DVB-T2 in Russia - Update
(23 February 2012)
Following last year's news of the adoption of DVB-T2 by Russia,
more details are emerging about the plans and timing. There
are plans to already start boradcasting using DVB-T2 in 5 cities
in the second quarter of 2012. You can read more in the DVB
DVB World 2012 - Register Now
(21 February 2012)
The DVB World 2012 programme is complete and you can now register for the
Hot topics for 2012 include the spectrum efficiency and energy-efficiency of
broadcasting systems and products, which will be covered in depth in dedicated
sessions and by a keynote by Dan Reed, VP Technology Policy at Microsoft.
Russia Adopts DVB-T2
(20 February 2012)
A Russian governmental commission has approved the use of the DVB-T2 standard for the
development of digital terrestrial TV in Russia, as proposed by the Ministry of Communications.
All new DTT networks will start using DVB-T2 and all existing DVB-T networks will gradually be
upgraded as well. Stay tuned for more news over the coming weeks on this potentially massive
More T2 News
(20 February 2012)
On top of the very positive DVB-T2 developments in Africa, things are moving in other countries as well. Regulators in
France and Croatia are both recommending the adoption of DVB-T2 in the very near future and the adoption of T2 by
Malaysia is also expected in the coming weeks/months.
Ghana Adopts DVB-T2
(20 February 2012)
The Ghanaian government has accepted the recommendations of the Digital
Broadcasting Migration Committee to adopt DVB-T2 as the standard for
digital terrestrial TV in the country, the Ghana News Agency reported.
The terrestrial stations GTV, TV3, TV Africa, Crystal TV, Metro TV, Viasat1,
Net-2 TV, e-TV Ghana, Coastal TV, GhOne, Top TV and all other stations
with similar licences will migrate from analogue to digital. All vendors and
equipment suppliers have been directed to cease importing non DVB-
T2/MPEG 4 DTT decoders immediately.
DVB World 2012 Programme
(25 January 2012)
The preliminary programme for DVB World 2012 has been published and you can now see some of the
key sessions, themes, topics and speaker on the updated website.
2012 marks a special year in the world of digital broadcasting as it is the year where most European
terrestrial TV services will switch off the analogue signals and will move exclusively to digital. A second
key theme of DVB World 2012 is efficiency. The conference will cover the efficiency of the DVB standards
development process, spectrum efficiency and energy efficiency.
You can read all about the programme here.
Colombia Adopts DVB-T2
(4 January 2012)
Following Colombia's National Television Commission (CNTV) recommendation
to migrate from the DVB-T standard for digital terrestrial television delivery to
the more advanced DVB-T2 standard, the Colombian government has officially
adopted DVB-T2 on December 20th 2011.
IBC 2011 & DVB-T2: A Double Hit
(11 November 2011)
With over 50,000 visitors, IBC 2011 was the biggest edition yet, and shows the strong state of the
broadcast technology universe. With its numerous global broadcast standards, DVB has always been one
of the central elements of this universe and the 100 DVB members present at this year's IBC attest to
At it's usual location in Hall 1, DVB offered three key demos, presentations,
side-meetings, PR contacts, and of course technical experts to guide visitors
through the demos and the growing global deployment of DVB standards.
DVB Wins Emmy Award
(11 November 2011)
The DVB is pleased to announce that it is being honored by the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences as the recipient of a 2011 Technical/Engineering Achievement Award in
recognition of DVB’s “outstanding work in the Pioneering Development and Deployment of
Active Format Description and Aspect Ratio Control Technologies and Systems”. The award will
be presented at the CES Show in Las Vegas on January 12th, 2012.
(11 November 2011)
Leading broadcast television associations, research laboratories and standards
development organizations from around the world will host a strategic
conference focused on the future of terrestrial broadcast television on 10 and 11
November 2011. Supporting organizations include DVB, EBU, ATSC, NAB, NHK,
and many others.
GOtv - DVB-T2 Goes Africa
(27 October 2011)
Multichoice Africa is rolling-out a full Pan-African DVB-T2 network with
a total bouquet of more than 50 different channels in various
languages over 15 countries. The GOtv Africa DVB-T2 pay-TV service
is already on the air in Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda and more
countries such as Nigeria are expected to follow soon. UPDATE - Nigeria has now also
adopted DVB-T2 and goTV services are already on air.
New DVB-T2 Profile: T2-Lite
(26 October 2011)
DVB has introduced a new profile for its popular DVB-T2
terrestrial standard for lighter applications such as mobile TV:
Version 1.3.1 of the DVB-T2 specification document introduced
a T2-Lite profile. This profile is intended to allow simpler
receiver implementations for very low capacity applications
such as mobile broadcasting, although it may also be received
by conventional stationary receivers. T2-Lite is based on a
limited sub-set of the modes of the T2-base profile, and by
avoiding modes which require the most complexity and
memory, allows much more efficient receiver designs to be
DVB SB Approves Work on 3DTV and RCS2
(19 October 2011)
Today, the DVB Steering Board (SB) approved two important documents for the
future work on DVB's standards. The SB approved the Commercial Requirements
for a Phase 2
Service Compatible 3DTV delivery system and the third and final part of the DVB-
RCS2 suite. More details and full press
releases are available after the jump.
DVB-GEM at IBC 2011
(27 September 2011)
At this year’s IBC conference DVB presented a demonstration of a hybrid
broadcast/broadband DVB-GEM scenario on the DVB booth. Michael
Lagally of Oracle's Java Development Group and Chair of the DVB TM-MUG working
DVB-T Milestone in the Caribbean
(27 September 2011)
Being the first countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to begin digital terrestrial television broadcasting,
the islands of Curacao and St. Maarten, formerly territories of the Netherlands Antilles are recognized as the
regional and unconventional leaders in the transition from analog to digital TV. Leonardo de A. Ladeira of the
Curacao Bureau Telecommunicatie en Post explains.
37 DVB-T2 Countries
(23 September 2011)
With 5 countries having deployed DVB-T2 and many others having adopted
or confirmed their plans to launch DVB-T2 services in the near future, the
total number of DVB-T2 countries now stands at 28. On top of this, there are
9 countries that have (had) DVB-T2 trials on-air.
Download our updated World Map and Excel sheet here.
DVB-3DTV @ IBC 2011
(23 September 2011)
On top of the DVB-T2, T2-Lite, DVB-C2 and DVB-GEM demos at
the DVB stand 1.D81 at IBC, you can also catch various DVB
related topics at the IBC conference this year.
One of the highlights will be the session on 3DTV Broadcast
Standards on September 11th at 14:00, chaired by 3DTV and
DVB expert David Wood.
DVB @ IBC 2011
(20 September 2011)
In just a little over one month, IBC 2011 will again open its doors to demonstrate the latest broadcast technology
solutions. As the world's largest digital TV standard, DVB will again be present with a multitude of demos.
We look forward to welcoming you at stand 1.D81 from 9 to 13 September in Amsterdam!
More details will be posted soon.
DVB World 2012 - Rome
(25 August 2011)
2012 marks a special year in the world of digital broadcasting as it is the year where most European
terrestrial TV services will switch off the analogue signals and will move exclusively to digital. DVB
World 2012 will look at the success and progress of digital TV, the DVB standards and the future. DVB World 2012 will take place from Monday March 12th to Wednesday March 14th in Rome. The
conference, exhibition and lunch will all take place in one single convenient location: The Crowne
Plaza - Rome St. Peter's Hotel. Stay tuned for more details!
Effective DVB Monitoring
(24 August 2011)
Measurement Guidelines developed by DVB provide exceptional visibility into the
and complex problems that can occur with the RF signal or MPEG-2 transport stream, the
measurements are fundamentally isolated point-by-point measurements. Danny Wilson,
CEO of Pixelmatrix, explains how their implementation of the DVB measurement guidelines
can save costs when monitoring broadcast systems.
On the Radio with DVB-T2 Lite
(24 August 2011)
The Copenhagen based Open Channel wants to broadcast digital radio using the DVB-T2 Lite
profile. DVB-T2 is already in use broadcasting digital television in a number of countries and
could easily be used to broadcast digital radio in Denmark. Kenneth Wenzel of Open Channel
explains why they have applied for a DVB-T2 trial license.
New DVB Scene: Issue 38
(24 August 2011)
DVB SCENE Issue 38 (September 2011) has just been released. This "Keen to be
Green" issue has an extra focus on the ecological aspects of the broadcast industry, including
transmitters, receivers, and even the development of the DVB standards themselves.
Talking about efficiency, there are also many DVB-T2 stories that underline this highly
efficient and flexible DTT standard. Finally, we have updated the DVB Scene webpage and have
launched a new browsable magazine format.
28 DVB-T2 Countries
(29 July 2011)
With 4 countries having deployed DVB-T2 and many others
having adopted or confirmed their plans to launch DVB-T2
services in the near future, the total number of DVB-T2 countries
now stands at 28. On top of this, there are 6 countries that have
(had) DVB-T2 trials on-air.
Download our updated World Map and Excel sheet here.
(18 July 2011)
DVB is highlighting the robustness and flexibility of DVB-T2, the world’s
fastest growing digital television standard, at this year’s BroadcastAsia
show. DVB technologies are also represented in the conference with
a full-day session with presentations by DVB Members and Executives. Please visit us at stand
DVB Scene eNews May
(18 July 2011)
The new DVB Scene eNews has been sent out. Click here to see
all the previous newsletters or subscribe.
Delivering Regional DVB-T2 Services
(27 June 2011)
DVB-T2 with Multiple PLP allows operators to transmit HD services with low robustness at the same time as SD
services with high robustness. Also, a single DVB-T2 multiplex can address fixed TV antennas as well as nomadic
and mobile devices. Additionally, Multiple PLP technology is also a fantastic tool to enable regional business models
where regional/local TV content is inserted into a nationwide multiplex/frequency.
DVB-T2 @ BroadcastAsia
(17 June 2011)
At this year’s BroadcastAsia, DVB will be highlighting the robustness and flexibility of DVB-T2. A single
DVB-T2 multiplex in an 8 MHz channel containing three Physical Layer Pipes (PLP) will be deployed for
three different services: 3D and HD quality for rooftop antenna reception, SD quality for indoor antenna
reception and mobile reception. The HD and SD programmes will be received in parallel on 4 television
screens through commercially available DVB-T2 IDTVs as well as DVB-T2 set-top boxes. Also a DVB-T2
USB receiver will be used to receive the DVB-T2 service.
Malaysia DVB-T2 Trial
(16 May 2011)
As part of this year’s Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s Digital
Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, an important 4-day DVB-T2
field trial took place to showcase the technology and its superior
capabilities. The field measurements and results of the field trial were
subsequently presented later in the week at the Symposium Conference.
The field trial was conducted by ABU, DVB, Rohde & Schwarz and Radio
Television Malaysia with the support of Media Broadcast, TeamCast and S
& T in Kuala Lumpur from 4-7 March 2011.
DVB-C2 Demo @ Anga Cable 2011
(26 April 2011)
DVB and ANGA will have a joint booth at the ANGA Cable show from May 3-5 in Cologne, Germany.
The booth will demonstrate the first-ever DVB-C2 prototype, a Sony TV with integrated DVB-C2
tuner. The demo and information at the booth will be supported by DVB, ANGA, Sony and Kabel
Malawi DVB-T2 Tender
(15 April 2011)
The Malawi Ministry of Information and Civic Education is
looking for consultants to help with their digital TV migration
and to plan a DVB-T2 network. The project covers the design
of the DTT network, the digital migration process, the end-user
equipment requirements, the link to the existing contribution
system and more.
New: DVB Scene Enews
(1 April 2011)
DVB has just published its first new electronic newsletter. The
Enews will complement our well known DVB Scene Magazine
and will provide you with up to date information about what's
going on in the world of digital broadcast. We hope that you
enjoy this newsletter and also recommend it to your friends
DVB World 2011 Diary
(31 March 2011)
A report from the DVB Executive Director Peter Siebert on the recent DVB World 2011
Conference that took place in Nice on 7-9 March 2011.
Each year the digital broadcasting community meets at the DVB World Conference. This
year’s DVB World brought together some 200 participants from around the world in spring-
like Nice in order to learn firsthand about the latest developments by DVB, exchange ideas
and thoughts, and meet with familiar colleagues once again.
DVB at India's BES Expo
(31 March 2011)
The Broadcast Engineering Society of India's (BES) annual International Conference and Exhibition on
terrestrial and satellite broadcasting took place from February 24th to 26th 2011 in New Delhi, India.
The theme of this year's conference and exhibition was 'Broadcast Technology - Emerging Trends'.
One emerging trend is the very strong interest for DVB-T2 in India and DVB Project was present at
BES Expo to support the Indian broadcast industry with their decision for DVB-T2.
(28 March 2011)
Following the recent approval and publication of the DVB-3DTV specification, what are the next steps for 3DTV? Join
this free EBU Technical Webinar on April 14th with David Wood, live from the NAB Convention in Las Vegas, and
Yvonne Thomas, live from the EBU Headquarters in Geneva to find out.
(14 March 2011)
DVB approved the first two DVB-RCS2 specifications for the 2nd generation DVB
interactive satellite system. DVB-RCS2 takes advantage of state-of-the art technology
that gives substantial enhancements over 1st generation systems. DVB-RCS2 is natively
developed for IP services and is specified for interactive satellite services in several
DVB World 2011 - Follow the Buzz!
(3 March 2011)
DVB World 2011 is taking place next Monday and the very
final program has been published on the website.
To read the latest about what's happening at DVB World 2011
you can follow us on the DVB World Blog or on Twitter
DVB-T2 Demo @ ABU Symposium
(1 March 2011)
DVB will be present at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s Digital Broadcasting
Symposium in Kuala Lumpur from March 8 to 11 to demonstrate and
present on DVB-T2 and more. Besides the conference and exhibition DVB will also
participate in a pre-event DVB-T2 workshop
Kenya DVB-T2 Tender
(28 February 2011)
The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has released a tender asking for interested parties to “express their interest” in
two more digital television signal distribution licences, in an effort to fast-track migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting
ahead of Kenya’s 2012 switchover deadline. These Expressions of Interest (EoI) are sought from suitably qualified, experienced and
competent local and/or international firms who can build and operate a national broadcasting signal distribution and transmission
infrastructure using DVB-T2 and MPEG 4 technologies.
New DVB Scene: Issue 37
(28 February 2011)
The new issue of DVB Scene (March 2011) has just been released and
includes the following stories:
Harald Skinnemoen, 2nd Generation DVB Interactive Satellite System;
Steve Beck, Sony, Semiconductors for 2nd Gen. DVB receivers;
Laurent Roul, Enensys, Innovative Upper Layer Services for DVB-T2;
Gerhard Patrick, DVB-T2 in Southern Africa;
Phil Laven, DVB, Setting the Record Straight;
Juhani Simpanen, DNA, DVB-T2 in Finland;
David Daniels, BSkyB, 3DTV;
Ben Keen, Screen Digest, Terrestrial Still Dominates.
DVB-3DTV Specification Published
(21 February 2011)
On February 17 the DVB Steering Board approved the DVB-3DTV specification,
which has just been published as BlueBook A154 ‘Frame Compatible Plano-
Stereoscopic 3DTV’, (DVB-3DTV). The specification will be sent to the European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for formal standardisation.
1 Million DVB-T2 Devices Sold
(18 February 2011)
The sales of Freeview HD (DVB-T2) devices in the UK has passed the one
million milestone and now stands at 1.2 million devices. This includes regular
set-top boxes, PVR set-top boxes and integrated TV tuners (iDTV). Today,
there are more than 150 models of Freeview HD boxes and TVs available to
buy starting from £55.
DVB World 2011 - Coming Soon!
(17 February 2011)
DVB World 2011 is taking place in less than 3 weeks! Register now to hear the latest on the future of content delivery, DVB
Africa, DVB in France, DVB in Serbia, green broadcasting, DVB chipsets, Mobile TV, DVB-S2, DVB-T2, DVB-C2, DVB-NGH,
RCS, ATSC, LTE, IPTV, UHDTV, IPTV, 3DTV and many more of your favorite acronyms!
DVB at BES Expo India
(16 February 2011)
DVB will be demonstrating and presenting the benefits of DVB-T2 at the BES Expo in New Delhi, India
from February 24-26, 2011. The Broadcast Engineering Society of India (BES) annual Conference and
Exhibition will also include a special conference session on DVB and DVB-T2.
South Africa Confirms DVB-T2
(17 January 2011)
Following the recent recommendation of the SADC for DVB-T2 as the DTT
standard for the region, South Africa has now officially
The decision was made in the final Cabinet meeting of 2010
and a formal announcement is expected from communications
minister in the next weeks.
DVB World 2011 - Keynote Speaker Announced
(12 January 2011)
The keynote speaker for DVB World 2011 has been announced. Dr Veena Rawat,
President of the Communications Research Centre Canada, will be giving a keynote
presentation on "Broadcast and Communications : Partners or Competitors?"
DVB at DBSF in South Africa
(11 January 2011)
Following the recent DVB-T2 recommendation by the SADC and adoption by South Africa,
DVB will be presenting on DVB-T2 at the Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum
(DBSF) in Johannesberg, South Africa from 1-3 February 2011.
DVB Worldwide Update
(22 December 2010)
The DVB Worldwide section of the website has been updated with a new
DTT deployment spreadsheet, a new DTT world map and of course the
most recent report from our data partner Screen Digest. Highlights include
the 132 countries that have adopted the DVB-T standard.
DVB World 2011 Programme Announced
(7 December 2010)
“From 2nd Generation to 3rd Dimension”.
The preliminary programme for DVB World 2011 (March 7 to 9
in Nice) has been published and the site is now open
for registrations. Topics include: Changes in media
consumption, DVB Around the World, 3D Gaming, DVB-C2,
T2, DVB-S2, Multi-PLP, DVB-CSA3, DVB-RCS, DVB-NGH, ATSC
Mobile, LTE, Chipsets, Net Neutrality, IPTV, 3DTV,
Subtitles and UHDTV.
New DVB SCENE: Issue 36
(29 November 2010)
DVB SCENE Issue 36 (December 2010) has just been released including
- Christophe Trolet, Teamcast - Non-Broadcast uses of DVB
- Catherine Douillard, Telecom Bretagne - Rotated Constellations
- Simon Pryor, Newtec - All IP networking
- Jörg Rockstroh, WORK Microwave - Transmitting IP data with DVB-GSE
- Ken McCann, Chairman TM-AVC - High Efficiency Video Coding
- Bertrand Wendling, Nagravision - DVB-CSA3
- Erik Stare, Teracom - DVB-T2 in Sweden
- John Bigeni, DVB - DVB-T2 Seminar in Thailand.
South(ern) Africa Selects DVB-T2
(26 November 2010)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) digital task force has
selected DVB-T2 as the terrestrial transmission standard for the region. By
selecting the most
future-proof solution SADC has underlined its slogan "Towards a Common
Future". It is expected that
all 14 SADC countries will formally adopt DVB-T2 in the near future, paving the
way for a digital switchover date of December 2013.
DVB-T2 to be introduced in Sri Lanka
(8 November 2010)
DVB-T2 will be introduced to all television channels in Sri Lanka by the year 2015. The Secretary to the Ministry
Mass Media said that the DVB-T2 system is already used in Europe and a Committee appointed to look into the
eligibility of its use in Sri Lanka has confirmed that it could be used for local TV channels. By the year 2015 all
TV stations in the island will function with the DVB-T2 system.
Sweden: DVB-T2 Live!
(2 November 2010)
Yesterday, HDTV services were launched in Sweden over
Teracom's DVB-T2 network. The services carry two free-to-air HD
channels (Sweden's main channels SVT1 and SVT2) and a pay-
TV service through Boxer. At launch the network covers about
70% of Swedish households and is expected to grow to 90%
within one year.
South Africa: DVB-T2 update
(2 November 2010)
The recently started DVB-T2 trial in South Africa is going very well and is currently
transmitting 18 channels over Johannesburg. The Southern African Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA) has released data supporting
adoption of DVB-T2 or DVB-T over the ISDB-T system. The comparison concludes that
DVB-T is slightly better than ISDB-T and that DVB-T2 outperforms both "by leaps and
DVB Fundamentals Course
(22 September 2010)
DigiWorkz and SkillSets4Life have launched an online DVB Fundamentals course.
Targeted at engineers and technicians working in the broadcast field, this course
will provide you with a working knowledge of what digital video broadcasting is and a
practical knowledge that can be used in work situations.
South Africa: DVB-T2 Trial
(20 September 2010)
Last week South Africa's broadcasters M-Net and e.tv have launched the
country's first DVB-T2 trial for a select test audience in the Soweto area. This
trial is another sign that South Africa's broadcast industry is ready to support and
start deploying DVB-T2.
DVB-C2 Field Test
(17 September 2010)
Just as you thought that all the news is only about DVB-T2,
here is some
important news on DVB-C2.
On September 7th, 2010, Kabel Deutschland has successfully
DVB-C2 transmission tests in its Berlin cable network. The first
tuners are expected
DVB @ IBC & IFA
(17 September 2010)
During the past two weeks DVB again had a presence at the IFA show in Berlin
and at IBC in Amsterdam. At IBC DVB presented the 3 Second Generation DVB
standards, 48 new logos, 3D content and picked up 1 award for DVB-T2. At IFA the 2nd
generation standards were also the main topic.
DVB Seminar in Thailand
(17 September 2010)
On 18 and 19 August 2010, DVB co-hosted a seminar on digital broadcasting in
Bangkok, Thailand. The event, which was co-hosted by the national regulator NTC,
was a big success with more than 240 participants and a very strong interest in the
DVB-T2 digital terrestrial standard.
DVB-T2 Scoops IBC Innovation Award
(12 September 2010)
The DVB-T2 terrestrial broadcasting system has been
honoured with the
2010 IBC Innovation Award for Content Delivery. The award
presented to BBC R&D for its successful implementation of
DVB-T2. BBC and 60 other DVB member companies collaborated on the
Screen Digest Reports for DVB
(9 September 2010)
Screen Digest will be providing regular analysis of key DVB related data via DVB’s website.
The data will highlight DVB’s market position relative to other technologies, technical
deployments, shipments of receivers and current installed base of active receivers.
DVB @ IBC 2010
(6 September 2010)
DVB will present the complete 2nd Generation line-up of DVB-S2,
DVB-T2 and DVB-2 including a live
DVB-T2 transmission from the Amsterdam TV tower. All systems
will be showing 3D content to
underline the strong role of DVB in 3DTV standardization.
New DVB Sub-Brand Logos
(31 August 2010)
Today DVB launches 48 completely redesigned DVB sub brand logos for
such as DVB-T2, DVB-S2, DVB-C2, and all its other main standards. Starting
and for the first time, these logos can now be used to specifically identify the
standard to which a product or service relates.
DVB-T2 Tender in India
(26 August 2010)
Prasar Bharati, the Broadcasting Corporation of India, has published a tender
notice for the introduction of DVB-T2 HD and SD services in 19 cities including
Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. This reconfirms India's 1999 decision to
adopt DVB-T as its national Digital Terrestrial Television system.
DVB SCENE: New Issue and New Design
(25 August 2010)
DVB SCENE has been completely
redesigned to increase readability and add more color. We hope you will enjoy it!
This month’s articles include:
- Tom Morrod: Screen Digest to supply data service for DVB
- Ulrich Reimers: DVB-T2 progress outside the UK
- Kenneth Wenzel: Denmark DVB-T2 trials
- David Wood: DVB-3DTV Commercial Requirements
- Désirée Gianetti: New DVB sub-brand logos
- Amoordalingum Pather: DVB-T in Mauritius
- Ben Keen: Sports lead 3D broadcast push.
DVB Seminar in Thailand
(11 August 2010)
On August 18 and 19 the DVB Project and the National Telecommunications
of Thailand will host a 2-day seminar on the transition from analog to digital TV in
Thailand and will demonstrate how DVB-T and DVB-T2 can offer affordable and
advanced solutions for the complete Thai broadcast industry and public. To paint this
complete picture, there will be speakers from the NTC, DVB, digital switch-over
consultants, network planning consultants, university professors, and makers of
middle-ware, broadcast equipment, chip-sets and set-top boxes.
DVB World 2011 - Nice, France
(5 August 2010)
DVB World 2011 will take place from March 7th to March 9th in Nice, France. The conference, exhibition
and lunch will all take place in one single convenient location: the Hotel Le Méridien, right on the famous
Promenade des Anglais boulevard in Nice.
The conference programme and information about how to register and book accommodation will be
posted on the DVB World website and through the DVB World mailing list over the coming months.
We look forward to welcoming you to DVB World 2011 next March!
3D-TV Commercial Requirements Approved
(13 July 2010)
One of the hottest subjects in media today is 3D-TV, and a number of Pay-TV
services and trials services are already available. 3D displays are available acrross
the world. The DVB project has taken an important step with agreements on
commercial requirements for 3D-TV.
The requirements include the formats that should be catered for, and take the new
area of 3D subtitles into account.
DVB-T2 PLP Plugfest
(30 June 2010)
On June 22nd to 24th Media Broadcast and the DVB Project held a DVB-T2
Plugfest in Berlin to test the M-PLP (Multiple Physical Layer Pipes)
technology that is a relevant part of the DVB-T2 standard. This test
successfully demonstrated how the PLP technology allows the combining of
services with different transmission requirements. For example, HDTV to
roof top antennas or Standard Definition TV (SDTV) to receivers with indoor
antennas within the same channel.
IBC 2010 Innovation Award
(29 June 2010)
More good news for DVB-T2! BBC R&D and the DVB Project have been shortlisted for the IBC 2010
Innovation Award in the Content Delivery category. The IBC Innovation Awards are unique in
celebrating not just the technology but the collaboration between suppliers and end user to create
commercially successful and creatively empowering solutions. The DVB-T2 study group was led by
BBC R&D but involved 70 individuals representing 40 companies from around the world. The winner
will be announced at the IBC Awards Ceremony on Sunday 12 September.
ISCE 2010 Award
(10 June 2010)
Dr. Nicholas D. Wells was awarded the “IEEE Consumer
Electronics Society Engineering Excellence Award 2010” on the
occasion of the 14th IEEE International Symposium on
Consumer Electronics (ISCE).
Dr. Wells works with the BBC Research & Development
Department. He is the vice chairman of the DVB Technical
Module and the chairman of the ad-hoc group TM-T2 of the
DVB Technical Module in which the specification of the DVB-T2
system was developed. The award was presented for
contributions towards the development of the second
generation Digital Terrestrial Television system DVB-T2.
3D TV Webinar Now Available
(8 June 2010)
Last week's 3D TV Webinar is now available for download. You can either
download the presentation or the complete Webinar video itself.
David Wood, chair of the DVB CM-3DTV group explains the various 3D TV
solutions and the next steps within the DVB Project.
New DVB-Scene 34 Published
(1 June 2010)
Issue 34 of DVB-SCENE, the quarterly magazine of the DVB Project, is now
available for download.
Articles cover subjects such as: DVB Pay-TV in Latin America, Digital
switchover in Spain, DVB-T2 debate at the ABU, Fast channel change
solutions, 3D TV standardization, Hybrid TV, DVB-C2 and more 3D TV. The
In My Opinion article covering
Connected TV comes from John Moulding.
DVB at BroadcastAsia 2010
(20 May 2010)
DVB will again be present at the BroadcastAsia tradeshow at the
Singapore Expo from June 15 to 18. This year's highlight will be a live
DVB-T2 broadcast across the BroadcastAsia halls from the DVB stand
itself. If you would like to receive this DVB-T2 broadcast at
BroadcastAsia 2010, please contact the DVB Project Office in advance.
Secondly, DVB will show an interactive Emergency Warning System
demo running on DVB-T and DVB-SI. We look forward to welcoming you
to our stand 7L3-05 at BroadcastAsia 2010!
Webinar - What do we need from 3D TV Standards?
(10 May 2010)
Join DVB CM-3DTV Chairman David Wood on June 4th for a Webinar to find out! The Webinar will outline
the elements of 3D TV systems, and to relate them to the commercial requirements that are
being considered within DVB. The webinar will explain why it is likely that there will be two
phases of 3D TV systems and what the main consequences will be for 3D TV standards. The
webinar will also consider timescales for the DVB Project, and the relationship of the DVB work
to the work being done in other bodies.
South African Industry Favors DVB-T
(7 May 2010)
Exciting times in South Africa! No, not the upcoming World Cup in June, but
the fact that the government is suddenly reviewing its 2006 decision to
adopt DVB-T as its national digital terrestrial television standard. Last week
DVB presented the strong case for DVB-T and DVB-T2 at two meetings in
the region and received strong support from the South African broadcast
(6 May 2010)
On April 22 Germany’s Technische Universitaet Braunschweig carried out the first-ever live
DVB-C2 transmission. This milestone test showed that all the predictions were correct and
confirmed that DVB-C2 can offer a capacity increase of 60% compared to DVB-C. On May
4th, the ReDeSign Project demonstrated the world’s first public DVB-C2 live transmission at
ANGA Cable 2010. This again demonstrated the capabilities of the system and the availability
of DVB-C2 equipment.
DVB-T2 - On the Move
(5 May 2010)
Last month DVB-T2 has been on the move again! DVB-T2 is making strong progress in the
UK market with the Freeview HD service expected to cover 50% of the UK by the start of the
World Cup in June. Austria has launched the first DVB-T2 trail in its region, and the DVB
Project demonstrated the first end-to-end DVB-T2 chain at NAB in Las Vegas.
DVB Shifts to Top Gear for 3DTV
(31 March 2010)
The DVB Project is tackling 3DTV, one of the hottest subjects in the
media world today. Many alternative systems have been developed for
what is called 'First Generation 3DTV'. Broadcasters in different parts of
the world have announced their intention to start 3DTV broadcasting this
year (2010). The DVB Project has responded to this with a programme of
work which should lead to standards for 3DTV. The current plan is that
the first phase of the 3DTV system (the Phase 1 system) will be agreed
DVB World - Another Success
(16 March 2010)
Last week the DVB World 2010 Conference and Exhibition took place in Lisbon, Portugal. With
more than 180
delegates the conference was another successful event for the international DVB community
to exchange ideas
about DVB Today, Hybrid TV and DVB in the Future.
DVB-SCENE 33 Published
(5 March 2010)
Issue 33 of DVB-SCENE, the quarterly magazine of the DVB Project, is now available for
download. Articles include: DVB-NGH, 3D TV Standardization, Hybrid DVB-GEM/MHP in
Italy, 4K TV Broadcast over DVB-T2, DVB Identifiers in Terrestrial Networks, Signature
Signalling, DTT in Russia, OTT developments and the recent DVB-T Launch in Panama.
The magazine can be downloaded as a PDF or browsed online.
DVB-NGH Call for Technologies
(18 February 2010)
DVB has launched a Call for Technologies for a Next Generation Handheld standard. The call is issued to
industry, and responses are required by February 26th 2010. This call is intended to invite technology
inputs that would facilitate an appropriate NGH physical layer on which a successful full NGH system
could be built.
DVB-T2 Moves Ahead
(16 February 2010)
Good news for DVB-T2! Humax has just announced its brand new DVB-
T2 set-top box capable of receiving the new UK Freeview HD platform.
This pushes the deployment of DVB-T2 boxes ahead. On the
transmission side things are moving as well, with new HD channels and
locations being added in the UK.
In other DVB-T2 news: Austria will be the first country in its region to
start testing DVB-T2 during the Soccer World Cup this Summer.
ETSI Publishes New GEM & MHP Standards
(14 February 2010)
DVB is pleased to announce that the European Telecommunications
Standards Institute (ETSI) has formally adopted as standards the new
release versions of the MHP 1.2.2 (Multimedia Home Platform) and GEM
1.2.2 (Globally Executable MHP) specifications. This marks the
culmination of the refactoring work that makes GEM a self-contained
specification. GEM now takes over the role of DVB’s primary middleware
specification, and MHP becomes a derived specification based on GEM.
DVB 3D TV Kick-Off Workshop
(21 December 2009)
Over the past year DVB has been closely studying the various aspects of (potential) 3D-TV solutions. A
Technical Module Study Mission report was recently finalized, leading to the formal creation of the TM-3DTV
group. A 3D-TV Commercial Module has now also been created to go back to the first step of the DVB
process: what kind of 3D-TV solution does the market want and need, and how can DVB play an active part in
the creation of that solution? To start answering some of these questions, the CM-3DTV group will host a DVB
3D TV Kick-off Workshop in Geneva on January 25th.
DVB-SCENE 32 Published
(1 December 2009)
Issue 32 of DVB-SCENE, the quarterly magazine of the DVB Project, is now
available. Articles include: Phil Laven on the digital dividend, updates on 3D
TV, Open Internet TV, DTT in Indonesia, an Asia update by John Bigeni and
finally three articles on set-top boxes by an all-female DVB cast.
DVB World 2010
(23 October 2009)
Attracting more than 200 delegates from around the world, DVB World has become the biggest annual gathering dedicated to DVB
standards, services and technology, representing both DVB member companies and non-members.
DVB World 2010 will take place in Lisbon from March 8th to 10th and will cover topics such the second-generation
DVB standards, 3D TV, hybrid broadcast broadband, international DVB deployments, next-generation mobile TV and many
other DVB related topics.
You are invited to submit your proposals for presentations until October 30th.
Latest issue of DVB-SCENE published
(31 August 2009)
Issue 31 of DVB-SCENE is now available for download.
Articles include: DVB-T2 in
the UK, ASO in Europe, Refactoring of GEM and MHP, Hybrid
Broadcast/Broadband and multiple viewers, Revival of the DVB
Measurement Group and the DVB-T Early Warning System. The usual
columns include MPEG2 & MPEG4 in "Moore Analysis", Klaus Illgner and
the Digital Dividend in "In My Opinion" and a wide range of new products
DVB Services goes live
(31 August 2009)
Last month the DVB Services Sarl website was launched. This new
website will provide
improved service to both members and non-members for using the DVB
for applying for DVB Service Information (SI) Identifiers.
Through the new website an organisation can become an authorized user
of the DVB trademark, which will allow them to use the DVB logo for
all their products based on DVB standards.
In addition the new website makes it much easier to register for DVB SI
Russia to launch DVB-H services
(26 August 2009)
Russia has finalized plans to launch DVB-H services in Moscow by the
end of 2009.
Kommersant reports that the country’s State Commission for Radio
Frequencies (GKRCH) has given the go-ahead for subsidiaries of three
operators – Sistema, Vimpelcom and Skartela – to launch DVB-H
services in Moscow by the end of the year.
Until the end of the year, they will operate on a trial basis and offer eight
channels free of charge. These have already been selected, according to
an earlier Presidential Decree, as the main TV channels currently
available in Russia, plus new youths and children’s channels.
DVB-C2 Implementers Seminar at IFA
(6 August 2009)
DVB, ANGA and the ReDeSign Project kindly invite you to participate in the DVB-C2
implementers' seminar, 8 September 2009 in Berlin. The event will be held at IFA, in Hall
5.3 of the Messe Berlin, Germany.
The seminar will provide a comprehensive overview of all implementation aspects of the
new DVB-C2 transmission standard for cable networks. Speakers from silicon
manufacturers, professional and consumer equipment supplier, and cable operators will
address the details of the specification, and discuss commercial implementation and roll-
out in cable markets.
DVB-T Launched in Israel
(4 August 2009)
On August 2nd, 2009 the new IDAN Plus DVB-T service was launched in
Israel. This nationwide free-to-air service offers one
multiplex with 5 channels including: IBA 1, IBA 33, Channel 2, Channel
10 and the Knesset Channel. The system offers MPEG-4 video, a 7 day
EPG and HD support. Even though HD channels are not yet aired, IDAN
Plus requires users to have an HD compatible set-top box to be fully
DVB Completes Major Refactoring Work of GEM and MHP Specifications
(23 June 2009)
The DVB continues to support the GEM and the DVB-MHP Specifications with
major work to align the specifications in a more cohesive, clear and organised
fashion in order to better facilitate companies wishing to implement the DVB
open standard middleware. The purpose of the re-factoring was to change the
order of referencing between MHP and GEM.
DVB at BroadcastAsia 2009
(10 June 2009)
DVB will again be present at the BroadcastAsia tradeshow at the Singapore
Expo from June 16th to June 19th 2009. This year DVB will showcase DVB-T
in combination with HD, DVB-T reception on mobile devices and a hybrid
DVB-T / DVB-IPTV scenario.
Latest issue of DVB-SCENE published
(27 May 2009)
The latest issue of DVB-SCENE magazine is now available for download. This edition includes articles on 3D TV, Quality of Service in Home Networks, and Signalling for Interactive Services. There's also an update on the latest revision of the guidelines for audio and video coding, a report on DTT services in New Zealand, an overview of the new DTG D-Book, and a view on the standardisation processes for IPTV and Internet TV.
Internet TV questionnaire - reply deadline extended until July 3, 2009
(25 May 2009)
DVB has released a questionnaire that aims to collect information on technologies, services and solutions in the scope of Internet TV Content Delivery. Both members and non-members of the DVB Project are invited to respond.
Panama adopts DVB-T
(19 May 2009)
In a press release issued today, DVB welcomed last week's adoption of DVB-T by Panama. Similar decisions were made by Uruguay and Colombia in the last two years, with all three countries citing the flexibility of the standard and its widespread deployment as key factors. Services are due to start in Panama within eighteen months.
First DVB-T2 "Plug Fest" successfully completed
(18 March 2009)
Last week saw the successful conclusion of the first DVB-T2 Plug Fest at the RAI Research Labs in Turin. A number of companies came together for the first time to test the interoperability of their modulators and demodulators as part of the on-going DVB-T2 Verification and Validation work.
DVB World 2009 opens in Berlin
(8 March 2009)
DVB World 2009 opens in Berlin this week. The annual conference of the DVB Project brings together more than 200 delegates from around the world for three days of presentations and discussions covering the latest developments in digital broadcasting. The event runs from Monday until Wednesday at the Berliner Congress Center on Alexanderplatz.
Next Generation RCS Call for Technologies released
(29 January 2009)
DVB has today released a Call for Technologies inviting the submission of candidate technologies that could be considered for inclusion in a future DVB interactive satellite communications system.
DVB-T2: SISVEL Announces Development of a Joint Patent Licensing Program and Issues a Call for Essential Patents
(28 January 2009)
A press release issued today by SISVEL announces that it will act as the facilitator for the formation of a joint patent licensing programme for DVB-T2. It has issued a call for essential patents in DVB's second generation terrestrial transmission system, due to be published by ETSI in the coming months.
Latin American and Caribbean countries take first steps towards regional DTT forum
(9 December 2008)
Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered in Ecuador last week to discuss the possibility of taking a regional approach towards adopting a digital terrestrial television standard. DVB was pleased to be present with a delegation promoting the DVB-T system.
DVB at Broadband World Forum Europe
(30 September 2008)
The DVB stand at Broadband World Forum Europe is hosting a number of important technology demonstrations that highlight the latest developments in the standardisation work being carried out by DVB to achieve interoperability, stimulate growth and enable greater economies of scale for IPTV.
DVB-T licensing passes to SISVEL
(30 August 2008)
The administration of the DVB-T patent pool, previously handled by MPEG LA, has been taken over by SISVEL. There will be no change in the licensing terms.
Colombia adopts DVB-T
(29 August 2008)
In a press release issued today, the DVB Project welcomes yesterday's announcement by the National Television Commission in Colombia that DVB-T is to be adopted as the country's digital terrestrial television standard. The decision follows two years of in-depth study of the different systems proposed, with Colombia reaching a similar conclusion to that reached by Uruguay last year - that DVB-T is the system that best matches its requirements.
S2 Licensing formally launches DVB-S2 patent licensing campaign
(26 August 2008)
Following an initial announcement last December of the proposed licensing terms for essential technology patents in DVB-S2, the patent holders are now making licenses available through a company called S2 Licensing.
DVB Steering Board ratifies DVB-T2 specification for second generation DTT Transmission
(30 June 2008)
A DVB press release issued today confirms the approval last week of the new DVB-T2 specification. The specification, which will now be sent to ETSI for publication as a formal standard, promises 30% to 50% increase in capacity over DVB-T in equivalent reception conditions. It is available for download as a DVB BlueBook.
DVB elects new Chairman
(30 June 2008)
At the 58th meeting of its Steering Board last week, the DVB Project elected Phil Laven as its new Chairman. He succeeds Theo Peek, who had been in the position for the previous 12 years.
Via Licensing removes MHP royalty for FTA broadcasters
(13 June 2008)
The DVB Project has received a letter from Via Licensing indicating that free-to-air broadcasters will no longer be required to pay patent royalties.
6MHz HDTV services launched on DVB-T network in Taiwan
(20 May 2008)
HiHD is the name of a new DVB-T high definition service launched in Taiwan today. An inaugural address from the President marked the start of the new venture, with several major sporting events scheduled to be covered as the service is fully rolled out over the next three years.
CITEL includes DVB standards in DTT Implementation Guidelines for the Americas
(6 May 2008)
CITEL, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission for the Americas, has decided to include both DVB-T and DVB-H as official standards in its Implementation Guidelines for digital terrestrial television. The decision follows last year's adoption of the DVB standards by Uruguay and provides further valuable information to other countries in the process of selecting a DTT system.
Patent holders reach agreement on royalty rates for DVB-H patent pool
(31 March 2008)
Patent management company Sisvel has announced the establishment of a joint licensing program for patents essential to the implementation of DVB-H. A summary of proposed royalty rates indicates a sliding scale from EUR 0.70 down to EUR 0.20, on a per-unit basis, with a further percentage reduction offered in each of the next four years to encourage early adoption. Companies participating in the discussions include France Telecom, LG Electronics, Nokia, Samsung Electronics, TB Invent and TDF.
Commissioner Reding delivers Keynote Address at DVB World 2008
(12 March 2008)
DVB World 2008 opened in Budapest today with a keynote address from Commissioner Viviane Reding. In her presentation she stressed her belief that the EU, its Member States and the members of the DVB Project need to work together to promote open technologies.
DVB fosters licensing programme for CPCM technology
(25 February 2008)
In a press release issued today, the DVB Project has announced that it is fostering the formation of a licensing programme covering DVB-CPCM technology. The next meeting of those holding patents will take place on the fringes of DVB World 2008 in Budapest on March 12.
DVB-C2 "Call for Technologies" released
(18 February 2008)
The issue of a Call for Technologies is a key step in the development of the next generation standard for transmission over cable networks.
EU Commissioner to Keynote DVB World 2008
(14 January 2008)
Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, will present the Keynote Address at DVB World 2008 in Budapest (12-14 March). The conference will include sessions on content management, middleware, new broadcast distribution technologies (including DVB-T2) and the combination of TV and Internet Protocol.
More than 2 million 6MHz DVB-T receivers with NTSC output now deployed in Taiwan
(12 December 2007)
The most recent figures from the Taiwan DTV Committee indicate that sales of DVB-T receivers have now passed the 2 million mark in that country. Whilst this reflects the success of DVB-T deployments around the world, Taiwan is particularly significant for having chosen to adopt the DVB-T system for digital terrestrial television in an environment where the NTSC system is used for analogue television, with 6MHz channel bandwidths.
MHP patent pool experience prompts DVB to reinforce IPR policy
(29 November 2007)
In a press release issued today, the DVB Project announces some new measures to reinforce its Intellectual Property Rights policy. Click the headline above to read the release or download the PDF.
December 2007 issue of DVB-Scene now available
(26 November 2007)
The latest edition of DVB-Scene magazine welcomes Uruguay to the DVB family with an article from the government minister who oversaw the recent decision to adopt DVB-T and DVB-H in that country. It also includes a thought-provoking opinion piece from David Wood (EBU) on the allocation of UHF spectrum, a report on DVB-RCT trials in Canada and an update on the recent launch of DVB-T services in Norway. The PDF version is now available for download.
SISVEL announces development of a DVB-H Patent Pool
(15 October 2007)
SISVEL, a patent management company based in Italy, has announced that it is acting as the facilitator for the formation of a joint patent licensing program for DVB-H. A call for patents has been issued.
DVB presents key demonstrations at IBC'07
(6 September 2007)
The annual IBC exhibition and conference takes place in Amsterdam this week, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. As usual the DVB Project has a pavilion at the exhibition with demonstrations this year focusing on DVB-IPTV, DVB-CPCM and DVB-SH.
Uruguay adopts DVB-T and DVB-H
(31 August 2007)
A Presidential Decree signed on August 27th declared that, following a year of evaluating the available systems, Uruguay has decided to adopt the DVB-T and DVB-H standards as the basis of its digital terrestrial TV. Uruguay has thus become the first country in Latin America to join the growing list of countries using DVB-T. In 2006 Brazil decided to develop a variation of the ISDB-T standard used only in Japan.
Technical demonstration of DVB-T in Venezuela
(18 July 2007)
The start of the Copa América tournament in Caracas offered an opportunity for a demonstration of the technical capabilities of DVB-T and MHP.
World's first DVB-SH Technical Pilot
(10 July 2007)
Alcatel-Lucent and SFR have announced the world's first large scale technical trial of DVB-SH technology in the South-West of France. The test, for which pre-commercial receivers from Samsung Electronics and Sagem are used, emulates the satellite part of the signal through the use of a high altitude helicopter perceived as a fixed point.
Mobile TV now available to consumers in Finland
(22 May 2007)
Finland has become the third country where consumers have access to mobile TV services based on DVB-H. Earlier this month a number of commercial terrestrial free-to-air services were added to the Digita platform and receivers became available to consumers for the first time.
DVB-T2 Commercial Requirements and Call for Technologies released
(17 April 2007)
DVB has announced the simultaneous publication of the Commercial Requirements for DVB-T2 and a Call for Technologies for the next generation terrestrial television specification.
ASEAN broadcasters push for common adoption of DVB-T
(4 April 2007)
Broadcasters from the ten nations that make up Southeast Asia have agreed to recommend the adoption of DVB-T to their respective governments.
DVB-T adopted in Malaysia
(28 March 2007)
Malaysia has joined other Southeast Asian nations Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar in adopting the DVB-T standard for digital terrestrial broadcasting. With governments in the region, which has a population of more than 500 million, considering the adoption of a common standard, the announcement in Malaysia is a further confirmation of the status of DVB-T as the world's leading system for digital terrestrial TV.
DVB approves DVB-SH specification
(14 February 2007)
The DVB Project has today announced the approval by its Steering Board of the DVB-SH specification for the delivery of IP based media content and data to handheld receivers via satellite. Click on the headline above for the full announcement.