HEVC coded (U)HDTV in DVB-T2

Tech Report 036

This report analyses the number of TV programmes that can be accommodated in a DVB-T2 multiplex when using HEVC video coding. Several DTT scenarios are investigated for HDTV as well as for UHDTV formats.

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A DVB-T2 multiplex together with HEVC video coding is capable of providing a satisfactory number of HD programmes for all of the investigated scenarios, as compared to the potential of previous DVB-T/MPEG-2 or AVC, or DVB-T2/AVC implementations. It amounts to 4 - 11 HD programmes for fixed roof-top reception and 3 - 7 HD programmes for portable reception, depending on the intended coverage and network scenario. Portable reception may include reception on tablets or smart phones, given that DVB-T2 capability were to be included in them. 

An optimistic estimate for fixed reception scenarios may provide a multiplex capacity of 2 - 4 UHD-1 programmes. A more conservative estimate might reduce this to 1 programme per multiplex. For portable reception, even with optimistic assumptions only, 1 - 3 programmes per multiplex may be accommodated.
UHD-1 Phase 2 is not yet standardised and consequences on bit rates and on the number of programmes that may be accommodated in a DVB-T2 multiplex cannot accurately be estimated at present. There are two Phase 2 profiles being developed and the bit rate consequences of each are not yet known.


The following translations of this document are available. Please note the translations may not be based on the latest version; see the year mentioned in brackets. These translations are courtesy of the translaters and hosted by the EBU 'as is'. The official and definitive version is the EBU English version.

Russian version of EBU Tech Report 036 [2016] - Special thanks to EBU Member RTR.