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ABU and DVB joint sessions on DTV at BCA in Singapore

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) on the invitation of the Singapore Exhibition Services (SES) organized and carried out an ABU-DVB Technology Track on “Digital Broadcasting – Standards, Technologies & Implementation”. This was held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on Tuesday 2 June 2015, as a part of International Broadcast Asia Conference 2015.

The track provided an opportunity to 35 participants from APAC countries in understanding the various types of digital terrestrial television technologies that are used around the world, future trends of interactive multimedia services in Asia-Pacific, various platforms that media stakeholders could use such as OTT, IPTV, Mobile TV. They also learnt from experiences of the regions and countries such as Europe, Russia, Australia and US.

Dr Amal Punchihewa, the Director of Technology, ABU chaired the sessions for the day in which nine speakers presented in various topics followed by a panel discussion on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Technologies. He highlighted technology trends and current status of DTT implementations to the attendees while delivering his opening and closing remarks. He also informed the challenges that broadcasters face and how broadcasters could benefit from new and appropriate technologies by proper planning and implementation of them.

Dr Peter Siebert of DVB Project Office in Geneva said that Digital TV in Asia-Pacific is gaining traction. He also mentioned that it will be helpful to have a regulatory framework for digital television that takes into consideration the interest of all stakeholders.