German public service broadcaster ARD and set-top box manufacturer EKT are joining the DVB.
ARD comprises nine self-governed regional public broadcasting corporations running television, radio and several online platforms.
Wolfgang Wagner, Head of the Production and Technology Commission at ARD said “We are very happy to join the DVB Project. As one of the biggest public service broadcasting associations within Europe we consider it an obligation to be part of the Research & Development effort in this important field that will secure our future.”
EKT, which has its headquarters in China with European offices in Germany and the Netherlands manufactures a range of DVB set-top boxes for satellite, terrestrial and cable reception, including hybrid IP-connected models. EKT also offers multicast ABR (MABR) gateways from various providers.
“EKT has been delivering CPE (customer-premises equipment) devices with an integrated DVB front-end from our inception. As one of the founders of DTVKit.org, the open source DVB software stack, EKT recognizes the historical and future importance of DVB in the delivery of content” said Richard Smith, CEO of EKT.
DVB Members collaborate through working groups to develop specifications for digital television systems, which are turned into standards by international standards bodies, usually ETSI.