Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and ETSI Activity Report 2022

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/AC4, 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 2022 JTC accordingly continued to produce and maintain standards and specifications for relevant broadcast platforms and systems.

We published the first version of the multi-part specification EN 303 105 on DVB Next Generation broadcasting system to Handheld, physical layer specification (DVB-NGH):

Meanwhile revisions were published to a number of existing Standards and Technical Specifications, variously addressing topics including DVB, HbbTV and Hybrid radio:

TS 101 154 V2.7.1 Revision of DVB Specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcast and Broadband Applications
EN 300 468 V1.17.1 Revision of DVB Specification for Service Information (SI) in DVB systems
TS 103 286-2 V1.3.1 Revision of DVB Companion Screens and Streams; Part 2: Content Identification and Media Synchronization
TS 102 823 V1.3.1 Revision of DVB Specification for the carriage of synchronized auxiliary data in DVB transport streams (DVB SAD)
TS 103 464 V1.3.1 Revision of Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV; Application Discovery over Broadband
TS 103 270 V1.4.1 Revision of RadioDNS Hybrid Radio; Hybrid lookup for radio services
TS 102 818 V3.4.1 Revision of Hybrid Digital Radio (DAB, DRM, RadioDNS); XML Specification for Service and Programme Information (SPI)

We also published a new Technical Report TR 103 824 V1.1.1 on Unit Test Descriptions for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV.

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