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The German HD Forum Situation in Germany. Dietrich Westerkamp German TV-Plattform WG „HDTV and Image Quality Improvement“. TV-Plattform Organisation. Founded in 1991 as German HDTV Plattform All major stakeholders Broadcasters (public, private, payTV)

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The german hd forum situation in germany

The German HD ForumSituation in Germany

Dietrich Westerkamp

German TV-Plattform

WG „HDTV and Image Quality Improvement“


Tv plattform organisation

TV-Plattform Organisation

  • Founded in 1991 as German HDTV Plattform

  • All major stakeholders

    • Broadcasters (public, private, payTV)

    • Service providers (cable, satellite, telco)

    • Industry (professional, CE)

    • Regulators

  • 4 active working groups

    • MHP, DVB-T, PVR, HDTV and Image Quality


Hdtv and image quality

HDTV and Image Quality

  • Group initiated February 2004

  • Divergence in goal setting

    • HDTV introduction as soon as possible

    • Improvement of SD for large screens first

  • Informal links

    • EBU/B TQE

    • EICTA

    • other European HD Fora (UK, F)


Achievement 1

Achievement 1

  • HD ready labelling

    • This discussion started here

    • Quickly brought to European level


Comparison of hdtv displays at irt laboratories munich

Comparison of HDTV Displaysat IRT laboratories, Munich

  • CRT, DLP, LCD, Plasma

  • Loewe, Metz, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony and Thomson

  • 40” class, YUV, SCART


Achievement 2

Achievement 2

  • Expert viewing of HD displays

    • Displays could show SDTV source signals in good quality, only some technology related remaining artefacts

    • Large flat panel displays show coding artefacts clearly and annoying

    • An end-to-end HDTV signal chain results in a clearly visible improvement of the image quality


Interoperability discussion

Interoperability discussion

  • The group has the following consensus on interoperability

    • HDTV introduction will start with set-top boxes

    • Highest efficiency technologies will be used

      • DVB-S2, DVB-C (256QAM), MPEG4/AVC (H.264)

      • Products designed to also receive today´s signals(DVB-S, DVB-C, MPEG2)

      • Free-to-air broadcasters request a conclusive clarification of the licensing situation

    • No consensus on scanning standard possible

      • Displays as well as STB will support both

        • 720/50p, 1080/25i


Statement of psb

Statement of PSB

  • Improvement of SDTV takes priority

    • additional transmission capacity per programme

    • number of 16:9 programmes to be increased

  • HDTV-Production

    • today, first HDTV-Productions to substitute film

    • distribution down converted to SDTV

  • HDTV-Distribution

    • analogue switch-off comes first

    • SDTV/HDTV simulcast scenario to be defined


Current plannings premiere fernsehen ag

Current PlanningsPremiere Fernsehen AG

  • Timing

    • Premiere announced to start HDTV-serviceson November 1, 2005 (starting with satellite)

  • Premiere HDTV-Services

    • Premiere will start with 3 HDTV-channels, including fiction, sports an documentation-content

  • Premiere HD-technology-strategy

    • Premiere HD-STBs will be based on H.264 and DVB-S2 and will support 720/50p and 1080/25i

    • Premiere will support the “HD ready” initiative forHDTV-displays from EICTA


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