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German DVB-I pilot project wins “IBC 2023 Special Award for Innovation”

News from Oct. 02, 2023

The German DVB-I pilot project won the IBC 2023 Special Award for Innovation at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC). In the project, the DVB-I standard is being further developed to facilitate the continuous use of linear TV programs. Fraunhofer FOKUS provides a DVB-I client for Android TV and offers it to other project participants for testing and evaluation purposes.

The award recognizes the achievements of the project partners along the entire value chain – from device manufacturers, software providers, and research organizations to public and private broadcasters. In the pilot project, they have demonstrated that DVB-I could solve many of the challenges the media industry is facing today.

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. DVB-I’s standardized and open approach 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-delay streaming, and options for additional services, such as HbbTV offerings or program guides. The project creates service lists from all participating broadcasters, which will be brought together and made available at a central registry.

In addition, DVB-I enables the integration of Internet-delivered video streams with traditional broadcasting via satellite, cable and antenna for hybrid reception.

The initiative has brought together numerous players in the German media industry, including broadcasters, device manufacturers, software providers and research institutions. Nineteen organizations and companies are involved in the “German DVB-I Pilot”.