Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) Applications
Ioannis P. Chochliouros (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece), Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou-Chochliourou (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece) and George K. Lalopoulos (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece)
Copyright: © 2005
The topic of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) applications (including both infrastructures and services) is a very broad one. It encompasses not only the transmission and distribution of television-program material in digital format over various media, but also a range of related features designed to exploit the capabilities of all possible underlying technologies. Within a fully converged environment, DVB can contribute to the effective penetration and adoption of a variety of enhanced multimedia services (Fenger & Elwood-Smith, 2000) based on various forms and types of content (with major emphasis given to the audiovisual sector; European Commission, 1999). Moreover, DVB intends to support optimized solutions for different communications platforms. Europe has adopted DVB for use across all relevant technical platforms. In fact, Europe has the highest density of TV homes in the world and is leading the deployment of digital TV (European Commission, 2003a) through DVB. The focus provided by a common set of technical standards and specifications throughout the European Union (EU) has given a market advantage and spurred the deployment of digital television services. Market expansion will be determined by the rate at which broadcasters are enabled to develop services and by the cost of Set-Top Boxes (STBs) or integrated television equipment.