Standard Types

Standards & BlueBooks

DVB produces specifications, which are subsequently standardised in one of the European statutory standardisation bodies, usually the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). ETSI, the Centre for Electrotechnical Standards (CENELEC) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have formed a joint technical committee (JTC) to handle the DVB family of standards. In this section you will find the references for all DVB standards and specifications. The standards can be downloaded directly, free of charge, from the ETSI website. The ETSI document templates can be here on the right.

You can find all the DVB Standards & Specifications here.

ETSI Publications

  • TR -  Technical Report: typically a set of guidelines for the implementation of a more normative specification or standard. A TR is approved by the ETSI Technical Committee which proposes the document.
  • TS -  Technical Specification: a document which can contain normative text, i.e. mandatory text such as "shall". A TS is approved by the ETSI Technical Committee which proposes the document, and as such might lack some of the weight associated with the following publications. A DVB TS is generally a stepping stone to a more stable document(s).
  • ES -  ETSI Specification: a document approved by the entire ETSI membership, not just the Technical Committee proposing it. It is a more stable document, than either a TR or a TS.
  • EN -  European Standard: the highest ranking ETSI publication approved by the national standards organisations of Europe. An EN is a publication which can be and often is included in European and national legislation.

DVB BlueBooks

From time to time, DVB publishes documents following their approval by its Steering Board: the BlueBooks. In practice, these are either commercial requirements documents, policy statements, or technical specifications which are in the process of being standardised. In the latter case, DVB has decided that there is value in the rapid publication of draft specifications as BlueBooks, pending their formal standardisation. BlueBooks are subject to modification and a published ETSI standard takes precedence over its corresponding BlueBook.