New liaison with SAT>IP Alliance

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The DVB community will contribute to the next generation of SAT>IP features and services thanks to a new formal liaison between the DVB Project and the SAT>IP Alliance. The technology is the predominant solution for indoor distribution of broadcast DVB services over domestic IP networks in Europe.

The SAT>IP protocol, standardized as CENELEC EN50585, is supported by numerous manufacturers and has been widely deployed in several markets. It informs handheld devices about available services and allows the user to request a specific service from the broadcast receiver. Any IP device (smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, etc.) with the SAT>IP software installed can become a broadcast TV viewing client.

Not just satellite

Despite its name, SAT>IP technology supports all broadcast delivery mechanisms including cable, terrestrial and managed IPTV transmissions. It can retransmit from DVB-S2, DVB-C2 and DVB-T2 to IP, in other words: DVB over IP. As DVB takes over the management of the SAT>IP protocol, it is quite possible that the naming and scope of the technology will expand to better reflect its support for all broadcast delivery systems.

The formal liaison agreement between the two organizations covers the future development of the SAT>IP sepecification as well as the future promotion of the technology. “The cooperation with the SAT>IP Alliance is an important step for DVB, as it defines a standardized way to bring DVB services to mobile devices in the home," said Peter Siebert, DVB Executive Director. "DVB is committed to define and support new versions of SAT>IP, which will bring additional features for the end user."

Thomas Wrede, President of the SAT>IP Alliance, said the organization is looking forward to working with DVB on this exciting technology. “SAT>IP has developed very successfully and is now supported by over 40 manufacturers with more than 100 compatible products in the marketplace."

DVB's Commercial Module will now proceed to define the possible scope of future work on the SAT>IP protocol.