DVB works actively with other organizations in the area of technical standardization for digital media. DVB shares with these organizations a goal of ensuring that industry and consumers benefit from the voluntary adoption of interoperable open standards.

With some sister standards fora, DVB has entered into a formal liaison arrangement, for example to enable the smooth sharing of non-public documentation. These liaisons are undertaken after a review of the IPR policy of the sister forum and negotiation of a liaison agreement.

This page lists the organizations with which DVB has a working relationship.

Under DVB’s practice, the specifications of our liaison partners can be normatively referenced.


ARIB is the Japanese Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, responsible for establishing standards, cooperating withother overseas organisations and providing for the smooth introduction of digital terrestrial televisionbroadcasting. GEM forms the core of the ARIB B.23 application execution engine platform.

Peter Siebert (DVB)

ATIS is the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. DVB cooperates with ATIS in the development and promotion of standards in IPTV
architecture, digital rights management, content protection and copy
management, and quality of service metrics.

2006-06-01 00:00:00
Muriel Deschanel (Microsoft)
Dan O'Callaghan (ATIS)

The Advanced Television Systems Committee, based in the US, develops voluntary standards for terrestrial digital television broadcasting. Its middleware platform, ACAP, is closely related to the cable industry’s OCAP standard, and both are based on a GEM core.

Peter Siebert (DVB)
Mark Richer (ATSC)
Blu-ray Disc Association

The Blu-ray Disc Association is the group of companies dedicated to developing and promoting the Blu-ray Disc format. BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java), which is based on GEM, is the interactive platform used to deliver advanced content and applications.

2005-11-01 00:00:00
Michael Lagally (Oracle)

Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs) is a non-profitresearch and development consortium dedicated to developing newcable telecommunications technologies, primarily for the North American cable industry. DVB and CableLabs cooperate closely on GEM, which is the basis of the CableLabs OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform) specification, now marketed as tru2way.

Christoph Schaaf (Kabel Deutschland)
CI Plus

CI Plus is a technical specification that adds additional security and features to the proven DVB Common Interface Standard that will allow CI Plus compatible consumer electronic devices, such as integrated digital televisions and set-top boxes, access to a wide range of Pay TV services via plug-in CI Plus Modules.

2011-11-01 00:00:00
Paul Szucs (Sony)
John Adam (Samsung)

DASH-IF is an industry forum whose purposes include aligning, harmonizing and coordination of MPEG-DASH standard development and related standard developments in various standard organizations and consortia, and assisting in avoiding fragmentation of the multimedia HTTP streaming market by creating and promoting careful and limited profiling of the MPEG-DASH standard and by promoting the use of common profiles across industry, consortia and various standard organizations. DASH-IF is currently developing the DASH-AVC/264 IMPLEMENTATION guidelines, encompassing a specific subset of MPEG-DASH profiles together with video, audio , and closed caption formats, and a set of defined common encryption constraints. DASH-IF wishes to obtain and distribute within DASH-IF certain DVB requirements, and to exchange information with DVB on its DASH profiling, for example on the DASH subset that DVB is presently reviewing for definition.

Muriel Deschanel (Microsoft)
Iraj Sodagar (Microsoft)

The Digital Living Network Alliance brings together companies that share a vision of a wired and wireless interoperable network of Personal Computers, Consumer Electronics and mobile devices in the home enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services. DVB and DLNA cooperate in the areas of content protection, IPTV and home networks.

Peter Siebert (DVB)
EIDR – Entertainment ID Registry

The Entertainment Identifier Registry Association (EIDR) is a not-for-profit industry association that was founded by Movielabs, Cablelabs, Comcast and Rovi to meet a crucial need across the entertainment supply chain for universal identifiers for a broad array of audio visual objects. These founding members are also members of the Board of Directors which governs the registry.

EIDR can play a crucial role in increasing supply chain efficiencies by eliminating costly translations between proprietary ID systems; Lowering risks of misidentification caused by duplication and lack of ID uniqueness; Improving internal asset tracking; Improving ability to match assets and metadata from different databases, service providers, or metadata suppliers.

EIDR provides a set of APIs for developers of third party applications and services, such as workflow integration, reporting, and linking to enhanced metadata. Examples of such enhanced services include: More granular and more accurate rights tracking and reporting down to the level of clips, composites and encodings; Simplified universal search and discovery; Detailed consumption metrics for individual assets.

Interoperability is a central focus for EIDR. Three key areas are: Application‐appropriate representations of the EIDR ID; Extensible support for identifiers from other systems as first‐class metadata elements; Registration of EIDR content records based on metadata from other systems, including the very important case of standards‐based metadata.

December 2014
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Don Dulchinos (EIDR)

The ENGINES project (Enabling Next GeneratIon NEtworks for broadcast Services) aims at constituting a Task Force to support development of the Digital Video Broadcasting-Next Generation Handheld (DVB-NGH) standard. In addition, ENGINES shall provide means for the verification and validation of advanced features of the DVB-T2 and the DVB-NGH standards.

2012-01-01 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Jani Vare (Nokia)

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or “HbbTV” is a major pan‐European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to the end consumer through connected TVs and set‐top boxes. The HbbTV specification was developed by industry leaders to effectively manage the rapidly increasing amount of content available targeted at today’s end consumer. It is based on elements of existing specifications including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C.
The HbbTV consortium has over 60 members including many DVB Member companies.

2013-02-01 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Peter MacAvock (EBU)
HDMI Forum

The HDMI Forum is designed to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification.

The HDMI Forum, Inc, is a nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation established by the HDMI Founders whose purpose is to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification.

Membership is open to any entity wishing to make an active and material contribution to the development of future HDMI Specifications.

September 2015
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Robert Blanchard (Sony)

The J-ORTIGIA project is the follow up of the successful ESA project named ORTIGIA, focused on studying and validating the technical and related business feasibility of launching a family of Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) using new satellite resources in S-band. With the financial support of ESA and Solaris Mobile, J-ORTIGIA intends to carry out on-field trials, through a real satellite link, aiming at demonstrating and optimizing the performance of the DVB-SH standard for provision of broadcasting services to vehicular and handheld terminals in a cost-effective way by the interworking of satellite systems with terrestrial networks.

2008-10-01 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Orazio Pulvirenti (Eutelsat)

KOBETA is the Korean Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians Association. DVB signed a memorandum of understanding with KOBETA in November 2005. Representatives of both organisations meet regularly with a view to sharing information and knowledge.

2005-10-31 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)

MHL, LLC is the Agent for overseeing and administering the adoption, licensing, and promotion of the MHL Specification. The MHL Specification was developed by Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Lattice Semiconductor Corp., Sony Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation as a standard for mobile wired video/audio connectivity, which will enable the development of standard-compliant mobile and display products across a broad connectivity ecosystem. MHL, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation.

October 2015
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Gordon Hands (MHL)
Mobile Multi Media

After analogue switch off in November 2011, a part of UHF spectrum should be re-allocated to mobile operators for multimedia applications. So in order to harmonize standards, to avoid market fragmentation and to encourage the take-off of broadcasting, M3 (Mobile Multi-Media) project will study in which extent next generation broadcasting 3GPP (E-MBMS Evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast System and/or its advanced version) and DVB (DVB-NGH Next Generation Handheld) standards could be merged. This project will in a first step analyse broadcasting ecosystems, and then propose use cases for multimedia applications and enhancements of current business models in order to guarantee the success of future deployments. In a second step, the project will study the commonalities between 3GPP E-MBMS and future DVB-NGH standards not only at the physical layer, but also at higher layers (optimisation of the service convergence). A specific point will answer how an E-MBMS frame could be embedded in a DVB-T2 Future Extension Frame, likely to carry Next Generation Handheld system.

2011-11-01 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Christian Gallard (Orange)
Open IPTV Forum

The Open IPTV Forum was created in March 2007, to provide an IPTV solution enabling a plug-and-play experience for the end-user. This easy-to-use experience requires quite a lot of advanced techniques behind the scenes and the different players in the IPTV value chain therefore needed to have a tool to easily develop their own products to fit into the plug-and-play solution. The tool is the open standards that are created in this Open IPTV Forum.

2009-10-01 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Luca Pesando
Open Mobile Alliance

The Open Mobile Alliance is an industry forum committed to the development of mobile service enabler specifications, to support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services. OMA cooperates with the DVB Project on technologies related to mobile TV, particularly at the service layer above DVB-H or DVB-SH. The key DVB specification in this area is DVB-IPDC, whilst BCAST and DLDRM are the relevant specifications on the OMA side.

2005-06-01 00:00:00
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Mark Cataldo (Openwave)

SCTE’s Mission: Providing technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serving its members through excellence in professional development, standards, certification, and information.

SCTE is proud to serve as the technical and applied science leader for the cable telecommunications industry. Since its beginning in 1969, the Society has been dedicated to providing meaningful resources and programs for its members and the industry.

From industry-wide initiatives to create more efficient operations to technical training programs on the latest technologies to job aids to assist field personnel in their everyday responsibilities, SCTE has programs and benefits for every professional level in the industry. The Society’s “Boots to Suits” philosophy is designed to not only enhance the careers of technical employees throughout the network, but also provide operators with a well-trained workforce that, ultimately, means a more efficient system, economic benefits and an improved customer experience.

May 2014
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Tom Russell (SCTE)

Formed in October 1999, UPnP Forum is an industry initiative of more than 1012 leading companies in computing, printing and networking; consumer electronics; home appliances, automation, control and security; and mobile products.

The Forum’s goals are to allow devices to connect seamlessly and to simplify network implementation in the home and corporate environments. Toward this end, UPnP Forum members work together to define and publish UPnP device control protocols built upon open, Internet-based communication standards.

A member-based Steering Committee provides Forum leadership and business direction, while several technical working committees identify and define UPnP services, device controls and protocols and usage scenarios. View the Membership List and UPnP Member Case Studies to see which companies are benefiting from UPnP Forum membership.

The UPnP architecture offers pervasive peer-to-peer network connectivity of PCs of all form factors, intelligent appliances, and wireless devices. The UPnP architecture is a distributed, open networking architecture that leverages TCP/IP and the Web to enable seamless proximity networking in addition to control and data transfer among networked devices in the home, office, and everywhere in between.

April 2014
Peter Siebert (DVB)
Seung R. Yang
USB Implementers Forum

USB Implementers Forum, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification. The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. The Forum facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices), and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing.

Some of the many activities that the USB-IF supports include: USB Compliance Workshops; USB compliance test development; USB pavilions at Computex, IDF, and other events; Marketing programs and collateral materials, such as retail newsletters, retail salespeople training, store end-caps, etc.; USB Developer Conferences; and many more…

August 2015
Peter Siebert (DVB), Alexander Adolf (Condition Alpha)
Jeff Ravencroft (USB-IF)
WorldDAB Forum

WorldDAB is the global industry forum for digital radio, facilitating the adoption and implementation of broadcast digital radio based on DAB / DAB+, the digital radio standards of choice for broadcasters across Europe, Asia Pacific, and othe regions.

Peter Siebert (DVB)
Bernie O'Neil (WorldDAB)