Broadcast technologies probably impact on more people in the world than any other. ETSI is therefore privileged to play a leading role in the specification of technologies that are used globally for radio, television and data broadcast. The specifications cover analogue and digital services delivered via cable, satellite and terrestrial transmitters, as well as by the Internet and mobile communication systems. Related topics such as 3DTV, Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV and interactive television are also included.

For many of the broadcast technologies, ETSI addresses two aspects: system and equipment specifications, and 'Harmonised Standards' to assist 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 the relevant European organizations in order to secure appropriate frequency allocations that are common throughout Europe.

ETSI works in collaboration with other partners in the broadcast domain, including:

  • CENELEC, the European Electrotechnical Standardization Committee
  • The DVB Project (Digital Video Broadcasting)
  • EBU, the European Broadcasting Union
  • WorldDAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting)

A Joint ETSI/EBU/CENELEC Technical Committee, JTC Broadcast, co-ordinates the drafting of standards for broadcast systems (emission-reception combination) for television, radio, data and other services via satellite, cable and terrestrial transmitters. The Committee works with the other specialist groups as necessary.

CENELEC is responsible for the EMC standardization of radio and television receivers.

Harmonised standards

Harmonised Standards are a key component of current European legislation, and ETSI is the place where most of the Harmonised Standards for Information and Communication Technologies are developed. Safety Harmonised Standards are available from CENELEC. It is important to note that the Radio Equipment Directive (RED), implemented in June 2016, covers Broadcast receivers.

Radio spectrum

ETSI contributes to the identification of radio spectrum needs for many technologies, including broadcasting. The Institute therefore works closely with the European Conference of Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the European Commission to define radio spectrum requirements for Europe. This work in turn is carried to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU's) Regional and World Radio Conferences. ETSI Members may participate in the CEPT work on spectrum allocation, and ETSI Technical Report TR 102 137 lists ETSI standards ordered by the frequency band which they use.

The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on Broadcast.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 103 176 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Rules of implementation; Service information features
TS 102 796 Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV
TS 103 615 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Metadata generation and deterministic DVB-T-mega-frame/DVB-T2-MI stream generation from MPEG-2 Transport Stream(s) for a DVB Single Illumination System (DVB-SIS)
TS 103 572 HDR Signalling and Carriage of Dynamic Metadata for Colour Volume Transform; Application #1 for DVB compliant systems
TS 103 589 Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) Transport Format
EN 303 560 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); TTML subtitling systems
TS 102 114 DTS Coherent Acoustics; Core and Extensions with Additional Profiles
TS 103 606 Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television; Operator Applications
TS 103 285 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); MPEG-DASH Profile for Transport of ISO BMFF Based DVB Services over IP Based Networks
TS 103 572 HDR Signalling and Carriage of Dynamic Metadata for Colour Volume Transform; Application #1 for DVB compliant systems
TS 101 154 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcast and Broadband Applications
TS 103 190-1 Digital Audio Compression (AC-4) Standard; Part 1: Channel based coding
TS 103 190-2 Digital Audio Compression (AC-4) Standard; Part 2: Immersive and personalized audio
TS 103 584 DTS-UHD Point Source Renderer
TS 103 433-2 High-Performance Single Layer High Dynamic Range (HDR) System for use in Consumer Electronics devices; Part 2: Enhancements for Perceptual Quantization (PQ) transfer function based High Dynamic Range (HDR) Systems (SL-HDR2)
TS 103 205 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Extensions to the CI PlusTM Specification
EN 300 797 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Distribution interfaces; Service Transport Interface (STI)
TS 102 822-3-1 Broadcast and On-line Services: Search, select, and rightful use of content on personal storage systems ("TV-Anytime"); Part 3: Metadata; Sub-part 1: Phase 1 - Metadata schemas
TS 102 366 Digital Audio Compression (AC-3, Enhanced AC-3) Standard
TS 103 176 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Rules of implementation; Service information features