DVB’s Head of Technology, Emily Dubs, was honoured with an invitation to address the Technical Committee of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union at its annual gathering last weekend. Her presentation on DVB’s new solution for native IP broadcasting (DVB-NIP) generated considerable interest among attendees.
The technical meeting took place as part of the wider ABU General Assembly, hosted this year in New Delhi by Doordarshan, the public service television broadcaster in India.
The ABU Technical Committee meeting was a perfect opportunity to inform both delegates from around the entire region and key representatives of the broadcasting and media sector in India of the capabilities and benefits of DVB’s IP-based solutions. Indeed, with broadcast and broadband convergence being a top strategic priority for India’s government, it is not surprising that the presentation on how DVB unifies IP-centric media delivery was met with such enthusiasm.
Ms Dubs explained how the combination of DVB-I service discovery and DVB-NIP delivery enables a truly converged ecosystem. While DVB-I bridges broadcast and broadband delivery on the user side, DVB-NIP does so on the transport layer. It opens the prospect of leveraging the DVB infrastructures that are already in place to reach the vast population of mobile devices in India (or indeed any other large country where broadband connectivity remains a challenge). DVB-NIP provides the means of making IP-based OTT content available over local Wi-Fi hubs, reusing the already proven DVB-T2 and DVB-S2 networks for distribution.
As interest in DVB-NIP grows, and DVB-I pilots in Germany and Italy advance, the building blocks are in place for a converged media ecosystem that offers the best of both broadband and broadcast.