The DVB Technical Module has approved a ‘significant reorganisation’ of the sub-groups that develop and maintain the DVB specifications.
Five new groups have been created and another renamed as part of the changes.
The TM-IPI group set up to develop DVB’s IPTV specifications has been put on hold – development of IP in DVB specifications will now have their own working groups.
The new sub-groups of the Technical Module are:
TM-HB (Home Broadcast), developing a specification to enable consumption of broadcast content that has been retransmitted, over IP, by a server located in the same home network as client devices. Chaired by Davide Milanesio of Rai.
TM-I (Internet), responsible for maintenance of the DVB-I service discovery and programme metadata specification, including provision of technical oversight for the recently announced DVB-I reference application activity. The group is also responsible for maintenance of the TV Anytime specifications. Chaired by Paul Higgs of Huawei.
TM-MCAST (Multicast), developing and maintaining DVB’s forthcoming multicast ABR specification. Chaired by Richard Bradbury of BBC.
TM-STREAM, responsible for technical activities related to DVB-DASH, including collaboration on Verification & Validation activities with the DASH Industry Forum and the HbbTV Association. The chair’s position is vacant.
TM-TA (Targeted Advertising), responsible for the completion and maintenance of DVB’s Targeted Advertising specifications, including verification and validation of the two recently complete specifications. Chaired by Matt Poole of Sony.
The long-standing TM-GBS (Generic Broadcast Services) group has been renamed as TM-MPEG2TS (MPEG-2 Transport Stream). It will now shift its focus the maintenance of the DVB-SI specification and other DVB system specifications relating to MPEG-2 transport streams. On-going work related to Targeted Advertising moves to the new TM-TA group, while responsibility for maintenance of the DVB-GSE (Generic Stream Encapsulation) specification moves to TM-MCAST.
The other Technical Module sub-groups that remain active are: TM-AVC (Audio and Video Coding), TM-S (Satellite) and TM-T (Terrestrial).