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German DVB-I Pilot Project launched

News from Sep. 14, 2022

In the “German DVB-I Pilot” project, partners taking part want to gain a view of the technical functions offered by the DVB-I standard, resulting in a future scenario of what a complete DVB-I ecosystem could look like.

The new DVB-I standard enables access to streaming content of linear TV programs via the Internet. Its use is just as user-friendly and reliable as a conventional TV transmission. The standardized and open approach of DVB-I enables the transmission of TV services to any device with Internet access and a media player, such as SmartTVs, tablets, or smartphones.

Key features of the specification include structured service lists that enable a uniform user interface, low-latency streaming, and options for additional services, such as HbbTV offerings or program guides. All the participating broadcasters' service lists created in the project will be aggregated and made available centrally.

In addition, DVB-I allows the combination of video streams via the Internet with conventional broadcasting via satellite, cable, and antenna for hybrid reception.

Fraunhofer FOKUS is developing a DVB-I client for Android TV in the project and is making it available to other project participants for testing and evaluation purposes. A unique selling point of the DVB-I client developed by Fraunhofer FOKUS is its deep integration with HbbTV.

Nineteen organizations and companies are involved in the “German DVB-I Pilot Project”.

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