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digital video broadcasting (DVB)

Digital VideoBroadcasting (DVB) started in 1993 with the aim of developing European standards for digital broadcasting, digital TV, multimedia services and interactive distribution services. These can be distributed via broadband cable networks using DVB-C, via terrestrial networks using DVB-T, with handhelds as DVB-H and DVB-X, via satellite as DVB-S, or via telecommunications networks.

Different transmission methods had to be developed and standardised for the various transmission paths. The conceptual basis of all DVB transmission modes is a container, which can be of different sizes for the various transmission media. For terrestrial transmission (DBV-T), for example, this container can transmit up to 24 Mbit/s perchannel at a bandwidth of 8 MHz. Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (COFDM) is used as the modulation method. In broadband cable networks (DVB-C), the data rate can be up to 38 Mbit/s with the same channel width.

DVB terrestrial, via cable and satellite

For compression, DVB uses MPEG-2 in the Main profile and SNR profile. Audio Code Number 3 (AC-3) and Digital Theatre Sound (DTS) can also be implemented as audio compression.

Since the Europeans also wanted to transmit voice and video in their standard, the two organizations DVB and Digital Audio and Video Council (DAVIC) joined forces in the mid-1990s and formed the DVB/DAVIC standard also known as DVB/RCCL (Return Channels for Cable and LMDS). This standard, designated ETS 300 800 by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), is suitable for transmission in both HFC networks and wireless LMDS networks. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has adopted this standard under the ITU designation J.112.

Return channel solution according to the DVB-RCS standard

Return channel solution according to the DVB-RCS standard

Based on the available DVB specifications, the specifications for DVB-RCC (DVB Return Channel for Cable) were developed and standardized. This standard includes in-band and out-of-band transmission and provides an additional data channel.

In addition, the DVB organisation has adopted a standard for satellite communication, DVB-RCS (Return Channel for Satellite). On the basis of this standard, terminal equipment of the next generation can receive digital television programmes and computer data at transmission rates of up to 50 Mbit/s and communicate with the satellite via return channel at up to 2 Mbit/s.

DVB with return channel for all DVB technologies

The DVB concept includes the Multimedia Home Platform (MHP), synchronisation of common wave networks, transmission in IP networks, interfaces between the DVB world and high-speed networks, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and networking of DVB terminals and storage media. Other features include mechanisms for secure transactions, authentication and access control.

DVB data rates for different TV standards

DVB data rates for different TV standards

The use of DVB is regulated by the usage guidelines, which specify the technical performance characteristics for reception. Depending on the quality requirements, a distinction is made between digital TV with low quality, Low Definition Television (LDTV), with standard quality, Standard Definition Television (SDTV), with studio quality, Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV), and high definition television with High Definition Television (HDTV). The quality differences in sound involve mono, stereo, and Dolby Surround. In broadband cable networks, DOCSIS with EuroDOCSIS, developed by CableLabs and standardized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), is increasingly gaining acceptance in Europe in addition to DVB. Well over 200 companies, institutes, broadcasters, carriers and organisations are involved in DVB activities.

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Updated at: 22.04.2013
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