The arrival of 5G will improve the use of television. At least that is what the agreement between the creators of the DVB standard and the 5G Media Action Group (5G-MAG) is aiming for, who demand that digital terrestrial television or DTT can work on the 5G connection.

The objective of this agreement is to allow DTT transmissions to work on 5G. In a battle between television and radio frequency spectrum, we have seen how DTT ceded the 800 and 700 MHz bands for 4G and 5G. This agreement could promote the integration of the two instead of promoting division.

Clarifying the uncertain future of DTT

The 5G Media Action Group agreement aims to promote the distribution of television via 5G. The aim is to make the DVB standard capable of making the leap to DVB-I and thus to use 5G signals and extend DVB-DASH. This group brings together the media and ICT industries to collaborate on a market-driven implementation of solutions within the global 5G ecosystem capable of meeting the production, distribution and consumption requirements of content, services and applications. multimedia.

DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) is the basis of Digital Terrestrial Television or DTT in Spain. A platform that has not been characterized in recent years precisely by offering the best quality of image and sound, which is due to the fact that it does not take advantage of all the potential offered by the successive standards that support its technology. In fact, in Spain we are still waiting for DVB-T2.

5G networks also offer significant improvements in the management of television content. Thanks to it, unicast and broadcast television signals can be offered to any device, be it Smart TVs, computers, tablets, decoders, dongles… devices that can receive TV and radio signals…

The objective of the initiative is to promote the distribution of the television signal via the Internet in the same way and with the same efficiency with which the DTT signal is distributed on any device connected to the Internet and, in addition to traditional television, to offer access to on-demand content.

Classic television is not yet clear about its future. DVB-T2 is still broadcast in Spain. The digital dividend has caused ongoing changes that have led to the loss of the potential of DTT, which has seen mobile networks take over much of its radio spectrum.

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