The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has officially published the DVB specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcasting Applications based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream as an ETSI standard.
It means the first DVB UHD-1 Phase 2 services could be available later this year.
The new standard covers various elements for the improvement of video and audio quality for broadcast TV services including High Dynamic Range (HDR) which significantly increases the contrast ratio and results in pictures with more ‘sparkle’ and the latest Next Generation Audio (NGA) schemes to provide immersive and personalised audio content using object- or scene-based audio coding.
Over 30 companies participated in the Technical Module group on Audio-Visual Coding (TM-AVC). Commercial guidance on Next Generation Audio was provided by the Commercial Module group on Audio-Visual Coding (CM-AVC), whilst commercial guidance on UHD-1 Phase 2 video was provided by the Commercial Module group on UHDTV (CM-UHDTV).