DVB Liaisons

The DVB Project works actively with other  organisations in the area of technical standardisation for digital media. DVB shares with these organisations a goal of ensuring that industry and consumers benefit from the voluntary adoption of interoperable open standards. Some, like DVB, are involved in the creation of the specifications, whilst others focus more on encouraging the implementation of such standards.

With some sister standards fora, DVB has entered into a formal liaison arrangement, for example to enable the smooth sharing of non-public documentation. This page lists the organisations with which DVB has a working relationship. Below you can also find the text of DVB’s model liaison agreement, used as the starting point for discussion with a sister forum. Under DVB’s practice, the specifications of our liaison partners can be normatively referenced.

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DVB Liaison Model Letter

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Liaisons

  • 3D@Home
    3D@Home

    Liaison Since: November 2011

    The 3D@Home Consortium was formed in 2008 with the mission to speed the commercialization of 3D into homes worldwide and provide the best possible viewing experience by facilitating the development of standards, roadmaps and education for the entire 3D industry - from content, hardware and software providers to consumers. The purpose of the liaison between the two consortia is to encourage the development of standards for 3DTV, to share knowledge about 3D viewing, and to ensure that their work is complementary.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Heidi Hoffman (FlexTech)

  • ARIB
    ARIB

    Liaison Since:

    ARIB is the Japanese Association of Radio Industries and Businesses, responsible for establishing standards, cooperating withother overseas organisations and providing for the smooth introduction of digital terrestrial televisionbroadcasting. GEM forms the core of the ARIB B.23 application execution engine platform.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

  • ATIS
    ATIS

    Liaison Since: June 2006

    ATIS is the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. DVB cooperates with ATIS in the development and promotion of standards in IPTV architecture, digital rights management, content protection and copy management, and quality of service metrics.

    DVB Contact:

    Muriel Deschanel (Microsoft)

    Liaison Contact:

    Dan O'Callaghan (ATIS)

  • ATSC
    ATSC

    Liaison Since:

    The Advanced Television Systems Committee, based in the US, develops voluntary standards for terrestrial digital television broadcasting. Its middleware platform, ACAP, is closely related to the cable industry's OCAP standard, and both are based on a GEM core.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Mark Richer (ATSC)

  • Blu-ray Disc Association
    Blu-ray Disc Association

    Liaison Since: November 2005

    The Blu-ray Disc Association is the group of companies dedicated to developing and promoting the Blu-ray Disc format. BD-J (Blu-ray Disc Java), which is based on GEM, is the interactive platform used to deliver advanced content and applications.

    DVB Contact:

    Michael Lagally (Oracle)

    Liaison Contact:

  • CableLabs
    CableLabs

    Liaison Since:

    Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs) is a non-profitresearch and development consortium dedicated to developing newcable telecommunications technologies, primarily for the North American cable industry. DVB and CableLabs cooperate closely on GEM, which is the basis of the CableLabs OCAP (OpenCable Application Platform) specification, now marketed as tru2way.

    DVB Contact:

    Christoph Schaaf (Kabel Deutschland)

    Liaison Contact:

  • CI Plus
    CI Plus

    Liaison Since: November 2011

    CI Plus is a technical specification that adds additional security and features to the proven DVB Common Interface Standard that will allow CI Plus compatible consumer electronic devices, such as integrated digital televisions and set-top boxes, access to a wide range of Pay TV services via plug-in CI Plus Modules.

    DVB Contact:

    Paul Szucs (Sony)

    Liaison Contact:

    John Adam (Samsung)

  • Dash-IF
    Dash-IF

    Liaison Since: July 2013

    DASH-IF is an industry forum whose purposes include aligning, harmonizing and coordination of MPEG-DASH standard development and related standard developments in various standard organizations and consortia, and assisting in avoiding fragmentation of the multimedia HTTP streaming market by creating and promoting careful and limited profiling of the MPEG-DASH standard and by promoting the use of common profiles across industry, consortia and various standard organizations. DASH-IF is currently developing the DASH-AVC/264 IMPLEMENTATION guidelines, encompassing a specific subset of MPEG-DASH profiles together with video, audio , and closed caption formats, and a set of defined common encryption constraints. DASH-IF wishes to obtain and distribute within DASH-IF certain DVB requirements, and to exchange information with DVB on its DASH profiling, for example on the DASH subset that DVB is presently reviewing for definition.

    DVB Contact:

    Muriel Deschanel (Microsoft)

    Liaison Contact:

    Iraj Sodagar (Microsoft)

  • DLNA
    DLNA

    Liaison Since: September 2005

    The Digital Living Network Alliance brings together companies that share a vision of a wired and wireless interoperable network of Personal Computers, Consumer Electronics and mobile devices in the home enabling a seamless environment for sharing and growing new digital media and content services. DVB and DLNA cooperate in the areas of content protection, IPTV and home networks.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

  • EIDR - Entertainment ID Registry
    EIDR - Entertainment ID Registry

    Liaison Since: December 2014

    The Entertainment Identifier Registry Association (EIDR) is a not-for-profit industry association that was founded by Movielabs, Cablelabs, Comcast and Rovi to meet a crucial need across the entertainment supply chain for universal identifiers for a broad array of audio visual objects. These founding members are also members of the Board of Directors which governs the registry.

    EIDR can play a crucial role in increasing supply chain efficiencies by eliminating costly translations between proprietary ID systems; Lowering risks of misidentification caused by duplication and lack of ID uniqueness; Improving internal asset tracking; Improving ability to match assets and metadata from different databases, service providers, or metadata suppliers.

    EIDR provides a set of APIs for developers of third party applications and services, such as workflow integration, reporting, and linking to enhanced metadata. Examples of such enhanced services include: More granular and more accurate rights tracking and reporting down to the level of clips, composites and encodings; Simplified universal search and discovery; Detailed consumption metrics for individual assets.

    Interoperability is a central focus for EIDR. Three key areas are: Application‐appropriate representations of the EIDR ID; Extensible support for identifiers from other systems as first‐class metadata elements; Registration of EIDR content records based on metadata from other systems, including the very important case of standards‐based metadata.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Don Dulchinos (EIDR)

  • ENGINES
    ENGINES

    Liaison Since: January 2012

    The ENGINES project (Enabling Next GeneratIon NEtworks for broadcast Services) aims at constituting a Task Force to support development of the Digital Video Broadcasting-Next Generation Handheld (DVB-NGH) standard. In addition, ENGINES shall provide means for the verification and validation of advanced features of the DVB-T2 and the DVB-NGH standards.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Jani Vare (Nokia)

  • HbbTV
    HbbTV

    Liaison Since: February 2013

    Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or “HbbTV” is a major pan‐European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to the end consumer through connected TVs and set‐top boxes. The HbbTV specification was developed by industry leaders to effectively manage the rapidly increasing amount of content available targeted at today’s end consumer. It is based on elements of existing specifications including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C. The HbbTV consortium has over 60 members including many DVB Member companies.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Peter MacAvock (EBU)

  • HDMI Forum
    HDMI Forum

    Liaison Since: September 2015

    The HDMI Forum is designed to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification.

    The HDMI Forum, Inc, is a nonprofit, mutual benefit corporation established by the HDMI Founders whose purpose is to foster broader industry participation in the development of future versions of the HDMI Specification.

    Membership is open to any entity wishing to make an active and material contribution to the development of future HDMI Specifications.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Robert Blanchard (Sony)

  • J-Ortigia
    J-Ortigia

    Liaison Since: October 2008

    The J-ORTIGIA project is the follow up of the successful ESA project named ORTIGIA, focused on studying and validating the technical and related business feasibility of launching a family of Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) using new satellite resources in S-band. With the financial support of ESA and Solaris Mobile, J-ORTIGIA intends to carry out on-field trials, through a real satellite link, aiming at demonstrating and optimizing the performance of the DVB-SH standard for provision of broadcasting services to vehicular and handheld terminals in a cost-effective way by the interworking of satellite systems with terrestrial networks.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Orazio Pulvirenti (Eutelsat)

  • KOBETA
    KOBETA

    Liaison Since: October 2005

    KOBETA is the Korean Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians Association. DVB signed a memorandum of understanding with KOBETA in November 2005. Representatives of both organisations meet regularly with a view to sharing information and knowledge.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

  • MHL
    MHL

    Liaison Since: October 2015

    MHL, LLC is the Agent for overseeing and administering the adoption, licensing, and promotion of the MHL Specification. The MHL Specification was developed by Nokia Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Lattice Semiconductor Corp., Sony Corporation, and Toshiba Corporation as a standard for mobile wired video/audio connectivity, which will enable the development of standard-compliant mobile and display products across a broad connectivity ecosystem. MHL, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Gordon Hands (MHL)

  • Mobile Multi Media
    Mobile Multi Media

    Liaison Since: November 2011

    After analogue switch off in November 2011, a part of UHF spectrum should be re-allocated to mobile operators for multimedia applications. So in order to harmonize standards, to avoid market fragmentation and to encourage the take-off of broadcasting, M3 (Mobile Multi-Media) project will study in which extent next generation broadcasting 3GPP (E-MBMS Evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast System and/or its advanced version) and DVB (DVB-NGH Next Generation Handheld) standards could be merged. This project will in a first step analyse broadcasting ecosystems, and then propose use cases for multimedia applications and enhancements of current business models in order to guarantee the success of future deployments. In a second step, the project will study the commonalities between 3GPP E-MBMS and future DVB-NGH standards not only at the physical layer, but also at higher layers (optimisation of the service convergence). A specific point will answer how an E-MBMS frame could be embedded in a DVB-T2 Future Extension Frame, likely to carry Next Generation Handheld system.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Christian Gallard (Orange)

  • Open IPTV Forum
    Open IPTV Forum

    Liaison Since: October 2009

    The Open IPTV Forum was created in March 2007, to provide an IPTV solution enabling a plug-and-play experience for the end-user. This easy-to-use experience requires quite a lot of advanced techniques behind the scenes and the different players in the IPTV value chain therefore needed to have a tool to easily develop their own products to fit into the plug-and-play solution. The tool is the open standards that are created in this Open IPTV Forum.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Luca Pesando

  • Open Mobile Alliance
    Open Mobile Alliance

    Liaison Since: June 2005

    The Open Mobile Alliance is an industry forum committed to the development of mobile service enabler specifications, to support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services. OMA cooperates with the DVB Project on technologies related to mobile TV, particularly at the service layer above DVB-H or DVB-SH. The key DVB specification in this area is DVB-IPDC, whilst BCAST and DLDRM are the relevant specifications on the OMA side.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Mark Cataldo (Openwave)

  • SCTE
    SCTE

    Liaison Since: May 2014

    SCTE’s Mission: Providing technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serving its members through excellence in professional development, standards, certification, and information.

    SCTE is proud to serve as the technical and applied science leader for the cable telecommunications industry. Since its beginning in 1969, the Society has been dedicated to providing meaningful resources and programs for its members and the industry.

    From industry-wide initiatives to create more efficient operations to technical training programs on the latest technologies to job aids to assist field personnel in their everyday responsibilities, SCTE has programs and benefits for every professional level in the industry. The Society’s "Boots to Suits" philosophy is designed to not only enhance the careers of technical employees throughout the network, but also provide operators with a well-trained workforce that, ultimately, means a more efficient system, economic benefits and an improved customer experience.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Tom Russell (SCTE)

  • UPnP
    UPnP

    Liaison Since: April 2014

    Formed in October 1999, UPnP Forum is an industry initiative of more than 1012 leading companies in computing, printing and networking; consumer electronics; home appliances, automation, control and security; and mobile products.

    The Forum's goals are to allow devices to connect seamlessly and to simplify network implementation in the home and corporate environments. Toward this end, UPnP Forum members work together to define and publish UPnP device control protocols built upon open, Internet-based communication standards.

    A member-based Steering Committee provides Forum leadership and business direction, while several technical working committees identify and define UPnP services, device controls and protocols and usage scenarios. View the Membership List and UPnP Member Case Studies to see which companies are benefiting from UPnP Forum membership.

    The UPnP architecture offers pervasive peer-to-peer network connectivity of PCs of all form factors, intelligent appliances, and wireless devices. The UPnP architecture is a distributed, open networking architecture that leverages TCP/IP and the Web to enable seamless proximity networking in addition to control and data transfer among networked devices in the home, office, and everywhere in between.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Seung R. Yang

  • USB Implementers Forum
    USB Implementers Forum

    Liaison Since: August 2015

    USB Implementers Forum, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded by the group of companies that developed the Universal Serial Bus specification. The USB-IF was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of Universal Serial Bus technology. The Forum facilitates the development of high-quality compatible USB peripherals (devices), and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing.

    Some of the many activities that the USB-IF supports include: USB Compliance Workshops; USB compliance test development; USB pavilions at Computex, IDF, and other events; Marketing programs and collateral materials, such as retail newsletters, retail salespeople training, store end-caps, etc.; USB Developer Conferences; and many more...

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB), Alexander Adolf (Condition Alpha)

    Liaison Contact:

    Jeff Ravencroft (USB-IF)

  • WorldDAB Forum
    WorldDAB Forum

    Liaison Since:

    WorldDAB is the global industry forum for digital radio, facilitating the adoption and implementation of broadcast digital radio based on DAB / DAB+, the digital radio standards of choice for broadcasters across Europe, Asia Pacific, and othe regions.

    DVB Contact:

    Peter Siebert (DVB)

    Liaison Contact:

    Bernie O'Neil (WorldDAB)