License Program

Thank you for your interest in licensing patents essential to the implementation of DVB-S2 compliant products and services.  Shortly following the ratification of the DVB-S2 standard by ETSI, the three known rights holders of essential IPR in the DVB-S2 standard, namely, DTVG Licensing, Inc., Radiotelevisione Italiana (“RAI”), and the European Space Agency (“ESA”), agreed in principal to offer a single license agreement under their combined portfolios of essential DVB-S2 Patents.  This was done to help foster the adoption of the technology in the marketplace and for the convenience of prospective licensees.  The general terms of this license were first announced in a press release issued in December, 2006  to give the public confidence that the combined portfolio would be offered for license under fair and reasonable, not-to-exceed, royalty terms.  Since then, DIRECTV, RAI, and ESA have formally agreed to offer their respective DVB-S2 portfolios in a single license. 

A license under the combined portfolios of essential DVB-S2 patents owned by DTVG Licensing, RAI, and ESA is now available.  For consumer applications, such as satellite television set-top box receivers, a license under the combined portfolios is available for a royalty of US$0.50 for each encoder or decoder present in a product for quantities exceeding 500,000 over the term of the license and US$1.00 per encoder/decoder in lower quantities. Terms for professional applications, such as digital satellite news gathering, data trunking, and up-link station modulation, are offered at reasonable and non-discriminatory terms according to two optional licensing models available for the convenience and at the selection of the licensee.  Click here to request a copy of the License Agreement.



DVB-T2 is a digital terrestrial transmission specification developed by the DVB Project. It is the most advanced such specification in the world and introduces the latest modulation and coding (and demodulation and decoding) techniques to enable highly efficient use of valuable terrestrial spectrum for the delivery of audio, video and data services to fixed, portable and mobile devices. DVB-T2 is not designed to replace DVB-T; rather the two standards will coexist in many markets for many years. Much of the intellectual property essential to the DVB-S2 standard is also essential to the DVB-T2 standard.

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In 2007, a study mission of the DVB Project identified some possible technologies which could be considered as alternatives for improving the existing DVB-C standard. The 57th meeting of the DVB Steering Board has now approved the DVB-C2 Commercial Requirements and a Call for Technologies for DVB-C2. IPR essential to DVB-S2 is likely to be incorporated into the DVB-C2 standard.

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