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DVB Board approves new spec for mobile and portable reception

The DVB’s Steering Board has approved a new specification — DVB-NGH (Next Generation Handheld), reports Broadcast Engineering. Based on DVB-T2, it includes many improvements and extensions in NGH to aid mobile and portable reception.

Additional features to the specification include MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output), Time Frequency Slicing (TFS) with a single tuner, non-uniform constellations, improved and extended LDPC codes for lower code rates, more efficient time interleaving, and ultra-robust layer-1 signalling.

The new specification also covers a hybrid profile where terrestrial and satellite transmission schemes can be combined. It will be submitted immediately to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for formal standardization and then an NGH BlueBook will be published.

The delivery of the content has to keep pace with the user’s demand and behaviour. DVB-NGH is designed to be the ideal solution for broadcast content delivery to handheld and mobile devices for the next decade.