A new specification has been published that allows for the delivery of satellite and terrestrial signals over native IP.
DVB-NIP has been given approval by the DVB’s Steering Board and is designed to bridge the gap between broadband and broadcast networks.
The emergence of DVB-NIP follows a year’s work by representatives of more than 13 DVB Member companies from across the media delivery value chain. The new system, designed to use DVB-S2X or DVB-T2 broadcast bearers, is entirely IP-based and no longer relies on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream that has been the basis for DVB broadcast systems up to now.
It was created to use the efficiency of broadcast networks for large-scale content distribution to modern IP devices and fully integrate broadcast technologies with those used in broadband networks. The same broadcast signal can cover both professional and consumer applications.
The DVB says a transition to native-IP delivery can bring both cost savings and new revenues. The primary source of cost savings is the ability to use a single unified OTT headend to target all end devices.