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Doordarshan to adopt European broadcasting norms

22-March-2001
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Doordarshan to adopt European broadcasting norms

India will adopt the terrestrial DVB or DVB-T standards when digital terrestrial television (DTT) is introduced. The pilot project for DVB-T will be executed soon in the four metros. And by the end of the year, Doordarshan will adopt DVB-T standards for its DTT project. At present, DVB is an European standard operational in six countries, as against Advanced Standard Television Committee (ATSC) of the US and another competitive system-ISDBT-of Japan.

The norms set by the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) of Switzerland, which is an organisation for defining and monitoring standardisation in the industry, will soon be adopted in India. India will begin adhering to the terrestrial DVB or DVB-T standards when digital terrestrial television (DTT) is introduced.

The pilot project for DVB-T will be executed soon in the four metros. And by the end of the year, Doordarshan will adopt DVB-T standards for its DTT project. Through this system, set-top boxes will be able to receive both free-to-air and subscription channels. Also, this system aims to standardise the conditional access system (CAS), make the network inter-operable and totally open.

At present, DVB is a European standard operational in six countries, as against Advanced Standard Television Committee (ATSC) of the US and another competitive system-ISDBT-of Japan.

DVB is a market-led initiative to standardise the broadcasting industry. Launched in 1993, DVB has 290 broadcasters as its members worldwide. DVB builds the technical, commercial and communication module for the industry, but it's up to the broadcasters to conform to the standard set by it.

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