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DVB approves new specification for linear TV delivered over the internet

Linear TV can be delivered to any device with a suitable internet connection

Industry consortium DVB has announced it has officially approved new specification DVB-I, which aims to ensure that linear television delivered over the internet is as user-friendly and robust as a traditional broadcast television experience.

The new specification offers the possibility for linear television services to be delivered to any device with a suitable internet connection and media player, including TV sets, smartphones, tablets and media streaming devices.

The DVB-I specification defines DVB-I Service Lists, a means for internet-connected devices to find curated sets of linear television services that may be delivered through broadband or broadcast mechanisms. It also defines the methods to retrieve EPG for those services, which can be integrated into a single coherent offering that is accessed through a consistent user interface.

“In developing an internet-centric solution for linear television services, we are providing the industry with a crucial missing piece that raises internet-based delivery to the same level in the DVB ecosystem as RF-based content delivery,” said DVB chair Peter MacAvock. “With these building blocks, addressing the discovery of DVB-I services and the delivery of programme metadata, DVB offers broadcasters and operators an exciting new deployment option.”