#NABshow: Future of Broadcast TV

FOBTV is an initiative started in November 2011 in a Shanghai to select major technologies to be used as the basis for new standards - it is not a standards initiative but a search for new common technologies and an effort to standardize. Mark Richer (ATSC) is the chairman of FOBTV and Phil Laven of DVB is the Vice Chairman. The committee has been tasked to develop use cases, develop technical requirements based on the use cases, issue RFPs and recommend major technologies to be used as the basis for new standards

The importance of FOBTV is in the fragmented nature of standards: DVBT, DVBT2, ATSC exemplified by the  map of current standards you can see here.

The technical committee:
  • Wenjun Zhang (NERC-DTV)
  • Yiyan Wu (CRC)
  • Namho Hur (ETRI, Korea)
  • Dr. Toru Kuroda (NHK, Japan)

Use Cases
By Peter Siebert and Jim Kutzner - DTV  (Presented by Peter Siebert, from Geneva)

The following use cases were gathered by the FOBTV comittee:

1. DVB Scenarios: Harmonized world standard
Have a worldwide harmonized terrestrial broadcast standard
Support for mobile reception
Integration with mobile broadband and wifi services
Support of hybrid services, whjite space and dynamic broadcast

2. Immersive experience and new services
Resolution beyond HD
Higher dynamic range video
Improved 3D experience
More realistic audio
Companion devices such as tablets and smart phones (second screen)
Multiview presentation and screen subdivisions (e.g. with screen size getting larger imagine two people watching two different movies on the same screen via split-screen)

3. More efficient use of spectrum
FOBTV to be the most efficient standard
Support of White Space scenarios
Hybrid broadband/broaddcast scenario including including local storage
Cooperation/integration with 3GPP/LTE mobile networks

4. Smart interaction and personalization
Messenger type applications
Support of social services
Targeted advertisement
Standardized interactivity supporting a wide range of applications
Integration with other devices

5. Accessibility
Support of special services (e.g. Braille, clean audio, etc)
Delivery of accessibility content to second screen
Dialogue enhancement (ability to remove background noise to focus on the dialogue for hearing impaired)

The technical committee was formalized in 2012 and will issue RFPs by the end of 2013. They analyzed 61 use cases and the 12 Scenario categories based on the use cases. The technical aspects of mobile broadcasting, spectrum utilization, network interoperability and bi-directional communication under urban-rural dual structure.  This last piece is about the ability for dynamic TV and broadcast for internet to have bi-directional capabilities.

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