DVB™

Introduction

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.

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 (Harmonised 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 & Service information
  • Source coding
  • Conditional Access
  • Internet Protocol
  • Interactivity
  • Interfacing
  • Measurement
  • Metadata
  • Middleware
  • Subtitling
  • Content Protection Copy Management
  • 3DTV

DVB™algorithms and MHP test suites

ETSI is the custodian of the DVB™ Common Scrambling Algorithm (CSA). The CSA has been designed to prevent unauthorized access to programme content.

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 being replaced by the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) by June 2016, 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 Harmonised 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.

Standards

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on DVB.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 102 034 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Transport of MPEG-2 TS Based DVB Services over IP Based Networks
TS 102 542-1 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 1: Core IPTV Functions
TS 102 542-2 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 2: Broadband Content Guide (BCG) and Content on Demand
TS 102 542-3-1 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 3: Error Recovery; Sub-part 1: Overview of DVB-IPTV Error Recovery
TS 102 542-3-2 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 3: Error Recovery; Sub-part 2: Application Layer - Forward Error Correction (AL-FEC)
TS 102 542-3-3 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 3: Error Recovery; Sub-part 3: Retransmission (RET)
TS 102 542-4 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 4: Remote Management and Firmware Update
TS 102 542-5 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Guidelines for the implementation of DVB-IPTV Phase 1 specifications; Part 5: Content Download Service (CDS)
TS 102 824 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Remote Management and Firmware Update System for DVB IPTV Services (Phase 2)
TS 102 826 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); DVB-IPTV Profiles for TS 102 034
TS 102 905 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Technical Specification for DVB Services in the Home Network Phase 1
EN 300 468 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for Service Information (SI) in DVB systems
TS 102 773 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Modulator Interface (T2-MI) for a second generation digital terrestrial television broadcasting system (DVB-T2)
TS 102 991 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Implementation Guidelines for a second generation digital cable transmission system (DVB-C2)
TS 101 547-1 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Plano-stereoscopic 3DTV; Part 1: Overview of the multipart
TR 102 376-1 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Implementation guidelines for the second generation system for Broadcasting, Interactive Services, News Gathering and other broadband satellite applications; Part 1: DVB-S2
TR 102 376-2 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Implementation guidelines for the second generation system for Broadcasting, Interactive Services, News Gathering and other broadband satellite applications; Part 2: S2 Extensions (DVB-S2X)
TS 103 205 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Extensions to the CI PlusTM Specification
EN 300 744 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Framing structure, channel coding and modulation for digital terrestrial television
EN 302 769 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Frame structure channel coding and modulation for a second generation digital transmission system for cable systems (DVB-C2)