DVB launches new DVB-I initiative

DVB CM-I will look into the commercial requirements for standalone linear TV services over broadband Internet

At the recent 80th DVB Commercial Module meeting, the terms of reference for the new DVB CM-I group for DVB-I (Internet) were agreed.

To be chaired by Thomas Stockhammer (Qualcomm Technologies), and with Peter Lanigan (TP Vision) as co-chair, the initial focus of CM-I will address the collection of relevant commercial and technical requirements. The aim is to provide a user perception of a linear TV channel that can be discovered and consumed over the open Internet and, by regular TV equipment and user interfaces.

According to DVB, this is an “important new work item” that will identify additional needs to not only distribute linear TV channel experiences over dedicated access networks such as DVB-S/C/T or IPTV, but also provide such experiences in modern IP-based delivery infrastructures, without any perceptible differences to the end-user.

Peter MacAvock, chairman of DVB, added: “With hybrid services, over-the-top (OTT) and online distribution growing in importance, DVB is applying its expertise and know-how in this all-important domain. DVB-I will complement the current DVB standards that form the basis of the way consumers watch TV today.”

The adoption of DVB-I technologies, DVB explained, is expected to provide the enhancement of DVB services across different access networks, including DVB services on devices with multiple connections. Coordination with other organisations, such as HbbTV, regional receiver specifications, W3C or 3GPP, is envisaged as a means to create a horizontal framework for TV services that address the evolving viewing and consumption habits of millennials.


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