Beyond the Transport Stream

IRT, Munich, Germany

A workshop to review DVB’s approach to the delivery of TV and on-demand services to consumers, using native IP and other technologies in addition to, or in place of traditional MPEG transport streams that have worked well over the last 20 years.

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2015, 08:30 to 16:30 CET 

Location: IRT, Floriansmuehlstrasse 60, D-80939 Munich, Germany


Fee: DVB Members: 50 EUR; Non-Members: 100 EUR

Program Summary

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With the increasing range of devices now in use by consumers to receive content, broadcasters and distributors are facing increasing complexity in delivering services in this new environment. To that end, DVB in conjunction with IRT (Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik GmbH) are to hold a one day workshop to review DVB’s approach to the delivery of TV and on-demand services to consumers using native IP and other technologies in addition to, or in place of, traditional MPEG Transport Streams (TS) that have worked well over the last twenty years. The IRT supports broadcasting on a national and international scale. Its associates are the broadcasting companies ARD, ZDF, DRadio, ORF and SRG/SSR.

The program will include a tutorial presentation by Thomas Stockhammer of Qualcomm and a speaker from Microsoft that will take a look at how new technologies are used instead of Transport Streams today. This session will provide examples of content distribution without TS and the increasing complexity faced by content owners and distributors to format and deliver content to consumers using an increasing array of devices over many distribution networks.

The view from other standards organizations and their approaches will be addressed by Rich Chernock (ATSC), Dr Shuichi Aoki (NHK), Frederic Gabin (3GPP), and Klaus Illgner (HbbTV) and a speaker from ISO MPEG on file formats.

Kevin Murray of Cisco will make the argument for not abandoning the Transport Stream. He will outline the reasons why Transport Streams were first adopted. Compare the efficiency of TS versus IP solutions for broadcast applications and outline how IP content can be delivered alongside TS-based content.

A Technology Panel Discussion will include topics such as what will the networks of the future look like and can DVB’s new, more efficient technology be of use in future mobile networks? Taking part will be DVB Technical Module Chairman, Nick Wells (BBC), Steve Beck (Sony), Christoph Schaaf (Kabel Deutschland) and representatives of public broadcaster organizations.

A Commercial Panel will ask if competitive market pressures from internet-based providers and other private sector broadcasters will require traditional broadcasters to change in order to survive and thrive. The panel will include DVB Commercial Model Chairman, Graham Mills, John Adam (Samsung) and Gilles Teniou (Orange).

The conference will close with a Panel Discussion that will contemplate, amongst other things, the implications for DVB. DVB Chairman, Phil Laven, Nick Wells, Graham Mills and EBU Technical’s Hans Hoffmann will be among those taking part.