The European Broadcasting Union has become one of 13 founding members of the Future of Broadcasting Television (FOBTV) initiative.
FOBTV stresses the unique attributes of terrestrial broadcasting as a flexible and efficient means of wireless media delivery, the EBU said. Its participants want to facilitate the evolution of broadcasting technology to ensure its long-term viability and relevance.
The initiative builds on last November’s Future of Broadcast TV Summit, held in Shanghai, where broadcasters formed a framework for the evolution of digital terrestrial television. A new Memorandum of Understanding sets out five objectives for the FOBTV initiative, including to develop ecosystem models for terrestrial broadcasting, taking into account business, regulatory and technical aspects; to develop requirements for next generation terrestrial broadcast systems, taking into account the needs of a connected society and maximising the efficient use of spectrum; to foster collaboration between digital TV development laboratories; to recommend major technologies that can be used as the basis for unified new standards; and to request standardisation of technologies by appropriate organisations, such as DVB, ATSC, ARIB, and others.
EBU technology and development director Lieven Vermaele signed the FOBTV Memorandum of Understanding at the NAB Show, this week. He then addressed a session dedicated to the initiative, where he focused on the value of terrestrial broadcasting to society.
After his presentation he said, “Terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband are both important but neither technology alone will be able to meet future demand for wireless media. We need to innovate using them together, in a complementary way. Broadcast can be the backbone as it can deliver the coverage, quality of service and capacity we will increasingly need. Broadband will extend the range of services and enable access to all categories of user device.”
The other signatories of the FOBTV agreement include the DVB Project, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC); Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC); Communications Research Center (CRC); Electronics & Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI); Globo TV Network; IEEE Broadcast Technology Society; National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); National Engineering Research Center of Digital TV of China (NERC-DTV); NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Brazilian Society of Television Engineering (SET).