Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and ETSI Activity Report 2021

Chair: Antonio Arcidiacono, EBU

Responsible for the standardization of broadcast systems for television, radio, data and other new services, and for the standardization of programme transmission and receiving equipment.

ETSI plays a leading role in the development of specifications for technologies that are used globally for radio, television, and data broadcasting. The specifications cover services delivered via cable, satellite, and terrestrial transmitters, as well as by the Internet and mobile communication systems. Related topics such as Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV and interactive television are also included.

For many of these technologies, ETSI addresses two aspects: system and equipment specifications; and Harmonised Standards for equipment to be placed on the market in line with European legislation. In addition, for systems that use the radio frequency spectrum, ETSI works with relevant organizations to secure appropriate frequency allocations that are common throughout Europe.

Within ETSI our standardization of broadcast systems, programme transmission and reception equipment is managed by JTC Broadcast – the Joint Technical Committee that brings us together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

This work also sees ETSI collaborating with other organizations in the broadcast domain, including DVB Project, WorldDAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale), RadioDNS Hybrid Radio, HbbTV (Hybrid broadcast broadband TV) and the 5G-MAG.

In addition to its ‘traditional’ scope of interests (including e.g. DVB, DAB, DRM, AC3, DTS, TV Anytime), JTC Broadcast develops related standards and technical specifications including High Dynamic Range (HDR), Next Generation Audio and hybrid radio.

As a result of this activity, our published broadcasting standards are among the most widely accessed downloads from the ETSI website.

In 2021 we accordingly continued to produce and maintain standards and specifications for relevant broadcast platforms and systems.

Work concluded on development of the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) DASH-IF Content Protection Information Exchange Format. This was published as a Technical Specification [TS 103 799] in April.

Meanwhile we issued revisions to a number of existing standards, Technical Specifications and Technical Reports, variously addressing topics including DVB, DRM, HbbTV and HDR systems for use in consumer electronics devices.

See the full list of JTC BROADCAST deliverables published since January 2021 here.

See the full list of JTC BROADCAST Work Items currently in development here.