Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB™) is a family of standardized technologies designed to facilitate broadcasting of images, sound and multimedia, and to permit a large degree of user interaction. The standards provide for delivery of the programme content by terrestrial, cable, satellite and mobile communication systems.

The standards also include the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP), the DVB™ open middleware system that enables user interactivity, and other related applications such as Electronic Programme Guides.

Our Role & Activities

The work of ETSI on Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB™) falls into two parts: system specifications and standards to assist equipment to be placed on the market in line with European legislation (Harmonized Standards).

DVB™system specifications

ETSI standards for DVB™ system specifications are developed in the ETSI/EBU/CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 'Broadcast', based on proposals from the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB™) Project, an industry-led consortium. Services using DVB™ standards are available on every continent. Topics addressed by the DVB™ Systems Specifications include:

  • Transmission
  • Multiplexing
  • Source coding
  • Subtitling
  • Interactivity
  • Multimedia Home Platform (MHP)
  • Interfacing
  • DVB™ over Internet Protocol (IP) Networks
  • IP datacast over DVB-H (the version of DVB™ for handheld devices)
  • Conditional Access
  • Measurement

DVB™algorithms and MHP test suites

ETSI is the custodian of the DVB™ Common Scrambling Algorithm (CSA) and the MHP Test Suites. The CSA has been designed to prevent unauthorized access to programme content. The MHP test suites contain thousands of tests to be run on a candidate MHP implementation.

DVB™equipment specifications

ETSI is responsible for developing standards for DVB transmitters: standards for DVB™ receivers are available from CENELEC. DVB™ transmitters placed on the European market are required to comply with the R&TTE Directive, which sets requirements on safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and correct use of the radio spectrum to avoid harmful interference.

Standards related to safety are available from CENELEC, whilst ETSI's technical committee ERM is responsible for developing and maintaining the EMC standards. These include two Harmonized Standards which may be used to demonstrate compliance of terrestrial television broadcasting transmitters (including DVB™) with the R&TTE Directive:

  • EN 301 489-1 (General EMC requirements for radio equipment)
  • EN 301 489-14 (specific requirements for terrestrial television broadcast transmitters).

ERM also creates standards related to the use of the radio frequency spectrum, and of these EN 302 296 applies to terrestrial DVB™transmitters.


The following is a list of recently published and frequently downloaded standards. Please use the ETSI Work Programme to find further related standards.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 103 287 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Modulator Interface (C2-MI) for a second generation digital transmission system for cable systems (DVB-C2)
TS 102 606-1 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Generic Stream Encapsulation (GSE); Part 1: Protocol
TS 102 606-2 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Generic Stream Encapsulation (GSE); Part 2: Logical Link Control (LLC)
TS 102 606-3 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Generic Stream Encapsulation (GSE); Part 3: Robust Header Compression (ROHC) for IP
TR 101 290 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Measurement guidelines for DVB systems
EN 300 468 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for Service Information (SI) in DVB systems
TS 102 034 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Transport of MPEG-2 TS Based DVB Services over IP Based Networks
EN 301 545-2 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Second Generation DVB Interactive Satellite System (DVB-RCS2); Part 2: Lower Layers for Satellite standard
TR 101 545-4 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Second Generation DVB Interactive Satellite System (DVB-RCS2); Part 4: Guidelines for Implementation and Use of EN 301 545-2
TR 101 545-5 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Second Generation DVB Interactive Satellite System (DVB-RCS2); Part 5: Guidelines for the Implementation and Use of TS 101 545-3
TS 101 545-1 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Second Generation DVB Interactive Satellite System (DVB-RCS2); Part 1: Overview and System Level specification
TS 101 545-3 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Second Generation DVB Interactive Satellite System (DVB-RCS2); Part 3: Higher Layers Satellite Specification
TS 100 289 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Support for use of the DVB Scrambling Algorithm version 3 within digital broadcasting systems
TS 103 129 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Framing structure, channel coding and modulation of a carrier identification system (DVB-CID) for satellite transmission
TS 103 205 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Extensions to the CI PlusTM Specification
TS 101 162 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Allocation of identifiers and codes for Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) systems
EN 300 743 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Subtitling systems
TS 102 823 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for the carriage of synchronized auxiliary data in DVB transport streams
TS 101 211 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines on implementation and usage of Service Information (SI)
TS 102 825-4 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Content Protection and Copy Management (DVB-CPCM); Part 4: CPCM System Specification