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Future of platform DVB

Publication date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The Council adopted, on January 15th, 2013, a report on the future of the platform of the digital terrestrial television (DVB), which it gave to the Government. It invites the public authorities there to define the next evolutions of the DVB, in particular as regards standards.

Digital terrestrial television does not cease evolving to answer waitings of the televiewers, but also thanks to technological progress. After the completion of the passage to the digital whole of television in November 2011, the Council launched on the DVB six new chains in high definition, on December 12th, 2012, thanks to the re-use of part of the frequencies released by the extinction of the analogical diffusion.
In order to prepare the next stages of digital television, the Council enumerated, in a report adopted on January 15th under the aegis of Alain Méar then given to the ministers concerned, the evolutions which it considers necessary: it is indeed with the Government and the Parliament to define, now, the evolutions of platform DVB.

To generalize the high definition

The Council raises the attachment of the French to this mode of diffusion, which will on television remain a means of privileged access by 2020-2025. Platform DVB has many specificities which make it single for the televiewers, the editors and the public authorities: exemption from payment, anonymity and simplicity of the reception, strong notoriety of the diffused chains, important obligations for these chains as regards and production regional planning of contents.
The DVB must continue to offer services attractive and innovating. The continuous improvement of the size of the screens and the quality of the images forces to generalize the format high definition, to continue to improve its quality as well as the interactivity of its services, and to prepare with the introduction of the “ultrahaute definition” (for example with the format 4K, corresponding to a resolution four times more important than the high definition), provided this format is actually adopted by the market.
Moreover, the reception of mobility of audio-visual services must remain an objective. It is advisable to improve the reception of mobility of services diffused on the platform, but also to propose contents specifically intended for the mobile terminals. In a preoccupation with an optimization of the use of the hertzian spectrum, network DVB could diffuse, in the long term, bound for the mobile terminals, all kinds of contents with strong audience (television of correction, videos, podcast, newspapers digital, etc).
The whole of these evolutions must be carried out whereas the frequency resource is durably limited to eight metropolitan multiplexings. It is thus necessary to benefit from all new technologies. For, initially, generalizehaving generalized standard MPEG-4, it would be necessary to prepare the advent of standards DVB-T2 and HEVC, which are announced like the natural prolongation of the current standards (DVB-T and MPEG-4).

To pass to the MPEG-4 at the end of 2015

In the short run, the Council recommends to the Government and the Parliament to schedule the date of extinction of the MPEG-2 and thus of the passage at whole MPEG-4. The expiry of the end of the year 2015 appears reasonable, taking into account the foreseeable level of equipment of the hearths in receivers MPEG-4 HD. On the model of the passage to the digital whole, a device of accompaniment, including a financial assistance allocated with the disadvantaged hearths, will have to be set up.
In parallel, the Council invites the public authorities to prepare the launching of standards DVB-T2 and HEVC, in order to continue the modernization of platform DVB.

Consult the report of SCUMS on the future of platform DVB.

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