The Digital Dividend of Terrestrial Broadcasting by Roland Beutler

By Roland Beutler

The “digital revolution” of the final 20 years has pervaded innumerable elements of our day-by-day lives and altered our planet irreversibly. The shift from analog to electronic broadcasting has facilitated a doubtless countless number of new applications—audience interactivity being yet one instance. The larger potency and compression of electronic media have endowed broadcasters with a “digital dividend” of spare transmission means over and above the necessities of terrestrial broadcasting. The query is, who will use it, and the way? evaluating the ecu event with that of broadcasters somewhere else on the planet, the writer sketches the present prestige of foreign frequency administration, quantifies the worth of the “dividend” itself, analyzes the main points of the analog-to-digital switchovers already accomplished, and posits what the long run holds for the field. As we grapple with new units, unattainable a trifling new release in the past, that let us to entry electronic media immediately, anyplace and at any time of day, this booklet is a powerful reminder that what now we have witnessed to date should be simply the 1st wavering steps alongside a highway whose vacation spot we will purely wager at.

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264 AVC also for SDTV and HDTV. More information can be found at [ISD11a]. 6 Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC) Almost at the same time as the development of a digital terrestrial broadcasting system for television was started in Europe and Japan an effort was made to develop such a system also in the US. Starting from the existing regulatory framework and US market conditions a system was put forward that fundamentally differs 5 ISDB-T has been adopted by the ITU as well. In the ITU world it is referred to as system C described in [ITU09].

Nearly every household in the western world owns several radios and most of the families have at least one television set. In some countries, for example, in Scandinavia, already in 2003 the number of customers having exclusively a mobile phone contract exceeded the number of cable based subscriptions. Further wireless telecommunication systems are pushing into the market trying to gain ground and customers. The latest success stories of smartphones lead by the famous iPhone clearly underline the importance of terrestrial telecommunication systems.

E. meetings of the ITU Council, Plenipotentiary Conferences of ITU, World Telecommunication Development Conferences and World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies. Each committee has several Working Groups dedicated to special aspects of postal and telecommunications issues. The Committees and the Working Groups are supported by the European Communications Office (ECO) located in Copenhagen. ECO is the distribution point for all ECC documentation and also provides detailed information about the work of the ECC and its Working Groups via the ECO web site [ECO10].

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