Digital Video Broadcasting

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What Does Digital Video Broadcasting Mean?

Digital video broadcasting (DVB) is a standard for digital television and video that is used in many parts of the world. Various DVB standards cover satellite, cable and terrestrial television as well as video and audio coding for file formats like MPEG.

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Digital video broadcasting may also be referred to as digital television.

Techopedia Explains Digital Video Broadcasting

Since its creation in the 1990s, digital video broadcasting has been adopted all over Europe and in many areas of Africa, Latin America and other areas of the world. A few countries, including the United States, use a different type of standard called the ATSC, which was developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee.

Both the DVB and the ATSC represent a group of electronics and telecom companies that help to set up agreed standards for visual broadcasting through digital technology. DVB is the product of the DVB Project, which involved several hundred companies along with other parties like regulators and broadcasters. Various groups participated in the pan-European adoption of DVB standards in order to have a consistent standard for new digital video technologies and consumer or commercial services.

DVB standards cover many aspects of digital video and are implemented in different ways according to the broadcast medium and other factors. It’s worth noting that some of the standards are developed by drawing on pre-existing ISO/EIC standards. Some aspects of DVB are patented according to their general use and value.

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