ETSI is playing a leading role in the delivery of specifications for technologies that are used globally for radio, television and data broadcast. 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.

Our Role & Activities

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, mainly EBU (European Broadcasting Union), DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting), WorldDAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale), RadioDNS Hybrid Radio, TVAnytime, HbbTV (Hybrid broadcast broadband TV).

A Joint ETSI/EBU/CENELEC Technical Committee, JTC Broadcast, co-ordinates the drafting of standards in the field of broadcasting and related fields. The committee assesses the work performed within e.g. DVB, WorldDAB and is responsible for broadcast systems (emission-reception combination) for television, radio, data and other services via satellite, cable and terrestrial transmitters. CENELEC is responsible for the standardization of radio and television receivers (TC 209 and TC 100X).

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. Please also refer to our Radio page. 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.

ETSI and the EBU recognize the need to explore the opportunities of converged networks and to include all interested parties. The EBU is committed to continue their contribution to ETSI and 3GPP activities to foster collaboration with the mobile industry and realise win-win scenarios wherever possible.

DVB algorithms and MHP test suites

ETSI is the custodian of the DVB Common Scrambling Algorithm (CSA). The CSA has been designed to prevent unauthorized access to programme content.


A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search.