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[ENG] Digital TV Standards and Countries Tutorial

  • Leonardob0880 Sunday, September 18, 2011 11:36 AM Reply
    I decided to make this tutorial because of the recurring questions like "does this tuner work in my country?"

    Standard : Basically there are 3 standards for digital TV: DVB, ISDB and ATSC. In addition, within each of these standards, there are sub-standards depending on whether we speak of digital terrestrial or satellite TV. For practical reasons and knowledge (I'm not on digital satellite TV) I will focus only on digital terrestrial TV standards.

    DVB-t: An acronym for Digital Video Broadcasting terrestrial . It is the most widespread standard and is the official standard in Europe. Also is the standard adopted in most of the world, the most used in Asia and Oceania.

    ISDB-t: Acronym for Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting Terrestrial . Basically you can say it is the official standard of Latin America, although there are Latin American countries that adopted the European standard. ISDB-T is also the official standard of Japan.

    ATSC: An acronym for Advanced Television System Committee . It is the American standard was also adopted in Central America and the Caribbean.

    img src: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bd/Digital_broadcast_standards.svg/800px-Digital_broadcast_standards.svg.png

    Compatibility : These are the countries that have officially adopted each of the standards:

    DVB-t :
    Europe : Germany, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Albania, France, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Andorra, Belgium, the Netherlands (Holland), Norway, Belarus, Croatia, Cyprus , Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and England
    America : Colombia, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago
    Africa : Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar, Swaziland, Congo, Tanzania, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Botswana, Angola and Lesotho.
    Asia : Singapore, India, Kuwait, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Iran, Thailand, UAE, Syria, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
    Oceania: Australia-New Zealand.

    ISDB-T :
    America : Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Uruguay.
    Asia : Japan and the Philippines

    ATSC : United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and South Korea

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    CelticWarrior made this thread sticky on 9/18/2011 at 4:15 PM
  • rickkonz Saturday, January 28, 2012 4:27 AM Reply
    Its not that simple, within DVB-T there is differences in the stepping, Australia uses a 7MHz stepping, most other places use 8MHz.

    Then there is if it is mpeg2 or h.264, and what resolution it is. There are heaps of boxes out there that only do h264 for standard def, but will do mpeg2 on HD stuff. If there is only a HD channel and you get something that only does SD, about all you can do is see what show is playing.
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  • waitaki Sunday, June 10, 2012 9:39 PM Reply
    I thought the original question was.."which of these available Digital SATELLITE dvb tv Receivers works in singapore?"

    Which one shouldn't matter as long as the the particular country you're in has a power supply that suits the receiver.

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  • Leonardob0880 Sunday, June 10, 2012 9:50 PM Reply
    @waitaki this tutorial is not about satellite digital tv.

    For practical reasons and knowledge (I'm not on digital satellite TV) I will focus only on digital terrestrial TV standards. For practical reasons and knowledge (I'm not on digital satellite TV) I will focus only on digital terrestrial TV standards.
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