Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is DVB-S2?

A: DVB-S2 is a second-generation digital satellite transmission specification developed by the DVB Project and standardized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (“ETSI”) as ETSI standard EN 302 307. It makes use of the latest modulation and coding techniques to deliver performance that approaches the theoretical limit for such systems. DVB-S2 boasts a bandwidth efficiency of ~ 30% over its predecessor standard, DVB-S, and is a keystone enabler in the areas of satellite broadcasting, satellite news gathering, and other professional applications.

Q: Who needs to take a license under the DVB-S2 patents you’re licensing?

A: The patents offered through this license are believed to be essential for the lawful manufacture, use, and supply of all DVB-S2 compliant products. All manufacturers and suppliers of products compliant with the DVB-S2 standard must therefore be licensed for the lawful distribution of the products.

Q: How can I get a copy of the licensed patents?

A: The U.S. licensed patents are available through the U.S. Patent Office website, www.uspto.gov. We would also be pleased to provide you with copies of the patents if you contact us.

Q: How can I get a copy of the DVB-S2 standard?

A: Please click here to download a pdf of the DVB-S2 standard. 

Q: Is The DVB Project part of your licensing effort?

A: No. The DVB Project does not involve itself in the licensing of patents, but rather it facilitates licensing through the formation of patent pools and the like.

Q: What are the terms of your license?

A: 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 different licensing models for the convenience of and at the selection of licensees.  Specific terms are available upon request.

Q: What if the Licensors later receive additional patents that are essential to the practice of DVB-S2? Will those patents be added?

A: Yes. The license is worded such that if any of the patent owners are awarded additional patents essential to the lawful practice of DVB-S2, these patents will be included under the license at no additional cost to any present or future licensees.

Q: Will the cost of the license increase if additional patents are added?

A: No.

Q: Are there any other DVB-S2 patents that I will need to license?

A: No representation is or can be made that the present license includes every essential DVB-S2 patent.  Licensees are encouraged to do their own due diligence regarding the need for additional licenses under any other DVB-S2 patents.

 

DVB-T2

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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DVB-C2

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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