EBU Technical Report Examines LTE Capability to Deliver Broadcast Content

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GENEVA—EBU’s Technical Report 027 examines the possibility of delivering broadcast content and services over LTE networks, and presents the outcome of the first-ever jointly conducted study by broadcasters and the mobile industry focused on the capability of a mobile broadband technology to deliver linear TV on a tablet either at home or on the move.

This initial study provides the essential technical information about the capabilities and performance of the LTE eMBMS system with a focus on broadcasters’ requirements, in particular, the possibility to deliver services free-to-air which is very important to EBU Members, according to EBU news.

According to the report, LTE could be a useful complement to the broadcast distribution platforms. However, it is not realistic to expect that LTE will become a viable alternative to broadcast distribution, including terrestrial TV networks (DTT) in the foreseeable future. The report recognizes that non-technical aspects such as operational scenarios, regulatory conditions, business models, and costs need to be better understood before any conclusion on the viability of a large scale delivery of broadcast content over LTE can be drawn. These elements have not been studied in depth but will be addressed in the follow-up work of the EBU project group

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