DVB-SH ("Digital Video Broadcasting - Satellite services to Handhelds") is a physical layer standard for delivering IP based media content and data to handheld terminals such as mobile phones or PDAs, based on a hybrid satellite/terrestrial downlink and for example a GPRS uplink. The DVB Project published the DVB-SH standard in February 2007.[1]

The DVB-SH system was designed for frequencies below 3 GHz, supporting UHF band, L Band or S-band. It complements and improves the existing DVB-H physical layer standard. Like its sister specification (DVB-H), it is based on DVB IP Datacast (IPDC) delivery, electronic service guides and service purchase and protection standards.

DVB-SH specifies two operational modes:

  • SH-A: specifies the use of COFDM modulation on both satellite and terrestrial links with the possibility of running both links in SFN mode.
  • SH-B: uses Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) on the satellite link and COFDM on the terrestrial link.

Comparison with DVB-H

DVB-SH supported spectrum

The DVB-SH incorporates a number of enhancements when compared to DVB-H:

  • More alternative coding rates are available
  • The omission of the 64QAM modulation scheme
  • The inclusion of support for 1.7 MHz bandwidth and 1k FFT
  • FEC using Turbo coding
  • Improved time interleaving
  • Support for antenna diversity in terminals

Recently, results from BMCO forum (Alcatel April 2008) shows a radio improvement of at least 5.5 dB on signal requirements between DVB-H and DVB-SH in the UHF frequencies. The improvements to signal requirements translates to better in-building penetration, better in-car coverage and extension of outdoor coverage. DVB-SH chipsets are being developed now by DiBcom and NXP Semiconductors, and are expected to be available in beginning of 2008. Initial specifications show that the chipsets supports both UHF and S-Band and are compatible with DVB-H.

DiBcom has announced a DVB-SH chip with availability in 2008 Q3. Dibcom DVB-SH 2008 Q3. The chip "has dual RF tuners supporting VHF, UHF, L-Band and S-Band frequencies".

Project organization

French Agence de l'innovation industrielle is now financing this effort through TVMSL, a project led by Alcatel-Lucent that plans to develop a DVB-SH standard suitable for hybrid satellite and terrestrial transmission. Other partners involved in TVMSL are Sagem Wireless, Alenia, RFS, Philips, DiBcom, TeamCast, UDcast, CNRS, INRIA, CEA-LETI.[2]


ICO, one of the biggest satellite operators in the United States, in 2007 announced a nationwide deployment of an hybrid satellite/terrestrial network in DVB-SH with Alcatel-Lucent[3] and Expway.[4] ICO G1 satellite carrying DVB-SH technology on board was launched on April 14, 2008. It is the world's first DVB-SH satellite in orbit.

Eutelsat W2A satellite carrying a Solaris Mobile (a Eutelsat and SES joint venture, now EchoStar Mobile) DVB-SH S band payload was launched on 3 April 2009. It will cover Western Europe.[5][6][7] S-band payload was scheduled to enter into service in May 2009 but this not occurred due to an anomaly currently being investigated.[8] On 1 July 2009, Solaris Mobile filed the insurance claim. The technical findings indicate that the company should be able to offer some, but not all of the services it was planning to offer.[9]

Inmarsat's S band satellite programme, called EuropaSat, will deliver mobile multimedia broadcast, mobile two-way broadband telecommunications and next-generation MSS services across all member states of the European Union and as far east as Moscow and Ankara by means of a hybrid satellite/terrestrial network. It will be built by Thales Alenia Space and launched in early 2011 launched by ILS.[10]


DVB-H/SH trials are now underway in many cities and countries: Ireland,[11] United Kingdom,[12] Malaysia, Singapore,[13] Helsinki, Berlin, Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Paris, Tehran, Madrid, Sydney,[14] South Africa, Taiwan,[15] The Hague, Brussels, Bern, Vienna, New Zealand,[16] Philippines, Copenhagen, Budapest, Erlangen,[17] Sri Lanka, Roeselare, and India.

DVB-SH in S-band is seen as an alternative in Europe. Recent field trials and studies showed better performance in radio than DVB-H standard that would lead to much cheaper costs for network deployments.

In France again, SFR and Alcatel-Lucent teamed up to deploy a DVB-SH trial. The results confirmed the theorical assumptions on the superiority of the DVB-SH to DVB-H, being the natural evolution of this legacy one.[18]

In Italy, 3 Italia, RAI and Alcatel-Lucent joined forces for the first DVB-SH trial in Italy.[19]

In United States, Dish Network and Alcatel-Lucent joined forces for the first DVB-SH trial in US.[20]

See also


  1. ^ dvb.org: DVB approves DVB-SH specification Archived 2008-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Alcatel Unlimited mobile TV Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) [1] [2] "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-09-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-02-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) [3]
  3. ^ "ICO Global Communications - ICO and Alcatel-Lucent Finalize Agreement for Mobile Interactive Media Services". Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  4. ^ Expway’s FastESG Solution Selected by ICO Global Communications for Mobile TV Services Archived 2011-07-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Eutelsat satellite fleet :: W2A satellite at 10 degrees East
  6. ^ Solaris Mobile
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-02-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Satellite Services - Satellite TV & Communications - SES.com
  9. ^ [4], [5]
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-07-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-07-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2009-07-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "DTG News: O2 and Arqiva launch DVB-H trial in Ireland". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  12. ^ "DTG News: UK's first DVB-H mobile TV trial goes live". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  13. ^ Charged.mobi Archived 2008-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Dba.org.au Archived 2008-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ mobile-ent.biz Archived 2008-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Ihaka, James (14 April 2007). "Peek at where-ever when-ever cell TV". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  17. ^ DVB-H Versuchssender Erlangen Archived 2007-08-17 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ SFR and Alcatel-Lucent tests in the field validate the fundamental assumptions for the deployment of a DVB-SH Mobile TV terrestrial network
  19. ^ [6]
  20. ^ DISH Network Corporation and Alcatel-Lucent to Perform Joint DVB-SH Test in the U.S

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China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting

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It is used via satellites serving every continent of the world. DVB-S is used in both Multiple Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) and Single channel per carrier modes for Broadcast Network feeds as well as for direct-broadcast satellite services like Sky (UK & Ireland) via Astra in Europe, Dish Network and Globecast in the U.S. and Bell TV in Canada.

While the actual DVB-S standard only specifies physical link characteristics and framing, the overlaid transport stream delivered by DVB-S is mandated as MPEG-2, known as MPEG transport stream (MPEG-TS).

Some amateur television repeaters also use this mode in the 1.2 GHz amateur band.


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DiBcom has been acquired by Parrot in September 2011.

Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast

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Digital Video Broadcasting

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Digital audio radio service

Digital audio radio service (DARS) refers to any type of digital radio program service. In the United States it is the official FCC term for digital radio services.

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ETSI Satellite Digital Radio

ETSI Satellite Digital Radio (SDR or ETSI SDR) describes a standard of satellite digital radio. It is an activity of the European standardisation organisation ETSI.

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EchoStar Mobile

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Enensys Technologies

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Digital Terrestrial TV (DVB-T2, DVB-T, DTMB China, ATSC)

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Multicast-broadcast single-frequency network

Multimedia Broadcast multicast service Single Frequency Network (MBSFN) is a communication channel defined in the fourth-generation cellular networking standard called Long Term Evolution (LTE). The transmission mode is intended as a further improvement of the efficiency of the enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) service, which can deliver services such as mobile TV using the LTE infrastructure, and is expected to compete with dedicated mobile/handheld TV broadcast systems such as DVB-H and DVB-SH. This enables network operators to offer mobile TV without the need for additional expensive licensed spectrum and without requiring new infrastructure and end-user devices.The eMBMS service can offer many more TV programs in a specific radio frequency spectrum as compared to traditional terrestrial TV broadcasting, since it is based on the principles of Interactive Multicast, where TV content only is transmitted in where there currently are viewers. The eMBMS service also provides better system spectral efficiency than video-on-demand over traditional cellular unicasting services, since in eMBMS, each TV program is only transmitted once in each cell, even if there are several viewers of that program in the same cell. The MBSFN transmission mode further improves the spectral efficiency, since it is based on the principles of Dynamic single frequency networks (DSFN). This implies that it dynamically forms single-frequency networks (SFNs), i.e. groups of adjacent base stations that send the same signal simultaneously on the same frequency sub-carriers, when there are mobile TV viewers of the same TV program content in the adjacent cells. The LTE OFDMA downlink modulation and multiple access scheme eliminates self-interference caused by the SFN:s. Efficient TV transmission using similar combinations of Interactive multicast (IP Multicast) and DSFN has also been suggested for the DVB-T2 and DVB-H systems.MBMS and mobile TV was a failure in 3G systems, and was offered by very few mobile operators, partly because of its limited peak bit rates and capacity, not allowing standard TV video quality, something that LTE with eMBMS does not suffer from.


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A similar architecture is also used in XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, DVB-SH and ETSI Satellite Digital Radio (SDR).

Satellite data unit

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