Satellite, handheld wireless device specifications dominate DVB showing

The organization highlighted work on the new DVB-S2 specification for advanced satellite service and the DVB-H specification for distribution to handheld wireless devices.
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Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) highlighted recent success at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas with two new landmark specifications, DVB-S2 for advanced satellite services and DVB-H for accessing DVB services on mobile handheld devices.

Building on the success of the DVB-S satellite transmission specification, DVB-S2 offers greater flexibility and better performance over existing satellites at reasonable cost. The new open specification offers a 30 percent capacity increase under the same transmission conditions, more robust reception for the same spectrum efficiency and will operate for carrier-to-noise ratios as low as -2dB to +16dB. Spectrum efficiencies up to 4.5 bit/sec/Hz can be achieved.

In addition, DVB-H is based on the current DVB-T standard and is purposed for the new service scenarios where small, pocket-size mobile terminals receive broadcast service on the move.

The new DVB-H standard, while by no way changing the current digital TV business models for fixed reception, could provide new business possibilities for a variety of players from broadcast and cellular operators to chip and equipment manufacturers.

For broadcasters, it provides a new vehicle to reach their customers while they are on the move. For cellular operators, it provides a cost-efficient way to implement data broadcast services. For users, the standard means a more inexpensive and richer content experience in the mobile environment.

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