SERVICES

Where is DVB-I being implemented?

Here we provide information about DVB-I services. Currently the focus is on trials and pilots. If you are aware of a DVB-I service that should be included here, please let us know via using the form on the front page.

In our Video Library you can find links to videos of DVB-I demonstrations.

The ARD Play-Out-Center in Berlin, in conjunction with rbb, is running a DVB-I pilot for the benefit of all ARD broadcasters and ZDF, to enable both testing and demos. ARD and ZDF are the public service media organizations for Germany, with rbb being the ARD member for the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

The pilot kicked off in September 2020 and will continue indefinitely.

Target market:

Germany

Service lists and services:

23 television services; 6 radio services (to be expanded to 66 in future); no apps at present. Delivery is via DVB-T/S/C and DVB-DASH. MPEG-4 video and AAC-LC audio; HEVC video is planned.

An XML-based AIT (Application Information Table) is published, to provide access to HbbTV content; programme information is also published.

Receivers/clients:

Official DVB-I reference application (developed by Sofia Digital), plus clients from TP Vision, TARA Systems, OnScreen Publishing and Fraunhofer FOKUS.

The DVB-I service list is generated by MIT-xperts iSIMS SI/PSI server

Future plans:

Extension of the service list with additional radio services and apps; general improvements; implementation of HEVC video coding; continued engagement with DVB CM-I, particularly around audio streaming.

Updated: November 2021

Mediaset began planning this proof of concept (PoC) for DVB-I in late 2019, developing use cases for an end-to-end chain that complies fully with DVB-I and related standards. It is designed so that it could, in due course, evolve into a full commercial trial. Regulatory aspects will soon be addressed with Italian regulation authority.

The PoC is managed by Mediaset, which also acts as a service provider alongside TIMVISION, Dolby and others; CDN services are provided by MainStreaming and others.

The end-to-end testbed was developed during 2020, while Phase 2 use cases were developed during 2021. Phase 3 use cases will be developed during 2022 with the next demo is scheduled for May 2022.

Mediaset DVB-I testbed

Target market:

The PoC targets Italy and is based on the profile defined in the UHD Book 2.0, issued by HDFI in late 2020. Users can select the language for the native UI in the normal way; information presented in the “channel banner” is in Italian only.

Service lists and services:

There is currently one “official” Service List available on the CSR, but there are many test/intermediate Service Lists available.

Both terrestrial services and DVB-DASH services (with low latency) are included in the Service List. MPEG-4 video coding with AAC audio is used in Phase 1 and 2; HEVC and HE-AAC will be introduced for Phase 3.

Access to DRM-protected content is also tested through the implementation of PlayReady, which provides a means of managing DRM at the native level (using LA_URL within the MPD). Phase 3 use cases will address other DASH CENC DRMs, as profiled in the UHD Book 2.0 via a linked app made available by HbbTV 2.0.4.

Receivers/clients:

Mediaset is currently cooperating with two TV set manufacturers, TP Vision and LG. The development of a DVB-I client/application for mobile devices, which will use the same CSR, is under consideration.

Future plans:

Mediaset expects to be ready for a commercial trial by Q4 2022 as an outcome of Phase 3 of the PoC. Such a commercial trial and subsequent soft roll-out would follow an open debate involving broadcaster representatives, regulatory authorities and other stakeholder institutions concerning the actual management of a DVB-I system when in a production environment.

Updated: November 2021

IRIB R&D develops innovative new products and technologies in broadcasting and broadband delivery, laying the groundwork for future services from IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting).

The testing of DVB-I in the IRIB R&D laboratory began in March 2020. The goal of the pilot was the evaluation of DVB-I with regard to its feasibility and the potential benefits for IRIB. The pilot was completed in October 2020.

There is an article about this pilot in Issue 56 of DVB Scene (PDF).

Target market:

The pilot was available in the Tehran area. The user interface was in the Persian language.

Service lists and services:

IRIB created its own service list registry, within which was the service list used for this pilot. The service list contained 60 service instances, some as DVB-T, some as DVB-DASH and some with both types of delivery. MPEG-4 video coding was used.

Receivers/clients:

The trial was based on the official DVB-I reference application (developed by Sofia Digital). HbbTV receivers and Android TVs and smartphones were used.

Future plans:

Integrating all IRIB DVB-T/T2 and OTT services into the DVB-I service list and adding the client to the main IRIB HbbTV launcher. Also under study is the use of DVB-I for service discovery in 5G.