Broadcast technologies probably impact on more people in the world than any other. ETSI is therefore privileged to play a leading role in the specification of technologies that are used globally for radio, television and data broadcast. The specifications cover analogue and digital services delivered via cable, satellite and terrestrial transmitters, as well as by the Internet and mobile communication systems. Related topics such as 3DTV, Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV and interactive television are also included.

Our Role & Activities

For many of the broadcast technologies, ETSI addresses two aspects: system and equipment specifications, and 'Harmonised Standards' to assist equipment to be placed on the market in line with European legislation. In addition, for systems that use the radio frequency spectrum, ETSI works with the relevant European organizations in order to secure appropriate frequency allocations that are common throughout Europe.

ETSI works in collaboration with other partners in the broadcast domain, including:

  • CENELEC, the European Electrotechnical Standardization Committee
  • The DVB Project (Digital Video Broadcasting)
  • EBU, the European Broadcasting Union
  • WorldDAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting)

A Joint ETSI/EBU/CENELEC Technical Committee, JTC Broadcast, co-ordinates the drafting of standards for broadcast systems (emission-reception combination) for television, radio, data and other services via satellite, cable and terrestrial transmitters. The Committee works with the other specialist groups as necessary.

CENELEC is responsible for the EMC standardization of radio and television receivers.

Harmonised standards

Harmonised Standards are a key component of current European legislation, and ETSI is the place where most of the Harmonised Standards for Information and Communication Technologies are developed. Safety Harmonised Standards are available from CENELEC. It is important to be noted that the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED), that (implemented by June 2016), covers Broadcast receivers.

Radio spectrum

ETSI contributes to the identification of radio spectrum needs for many technologies, including broadcasting. The Institute therefore works closely with the European Conference of Posts and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the European Commission to define radio spectrum requirements for Europe. This work in turn is carried to the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU's) Regional and World Radio Conferences. ETSI Members may participate in the CEPT work on spectrum allocation, and ETSI Technical Report TR 102 137 lists ETSI standards ordered by the frequency band which they use.


The following is a list of the 20 latest published ETSI standards on Broadcast.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 103 433-2 High-Performance Single Layer High Dynamic Range (HDR) System for use in Consumer Electronics devices; Part 2: Enhancements for Perceptual Quantization (PQ) transfer function based High Dynamic Range (HDR) Systems (SL-HDR2)
TS 103 205 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Extensions to the CI PlusTM Specification
EN 300 797 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Distribution interfaces; Service Transport Interface (STI)
TS 102 822-3-1 Broadcast and On-line Services: Search, select, and rightful use of content on personal storage systems ("TV-Anytime"); Part 3: Metadata; Sub-part 1: Phase 1 - Metadata schemas
TS 102 366 Digital Audio Compression (AC-3, Enhanced AC-3) Standard
TS 103 176 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Rules of implementation; Service information features
TS 101 756 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Registered Tables
TS 101 860 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Distribution Interfaces; Service Transport Interface (STI); STI levels
TS 103 551 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Transport of TPEG services
TS 103 555 IP-delivered Broadcast Channels and Related Signalling of HbbTV Applications
TS 103 433-1 High-Performance Single Layer High Dynamic Range (HDR) System for use in Consumer Electronics devices; Part 1: Directly Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) Compatible HDR System (SL-HDR1)
TR 101 495 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Guide to DAB standards
TS 103 286-2 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Companion Screens and Streams; Part 2: Content Identification and Media Synchronization
TS 103 461 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Domestic and in-vehicle digital radio receivers; Minimum requirements and Test specifications for technologies and products
TS 102 809 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Signalling and carriage of interactive applications and services in Hybrid broadcast/broadband environments
ES 201 980 Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM); System Specification
EN 300 472 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for conveying ITU-R System B Teletext in DVB bitstreams
TS 103 491 DTS-UHD Audio Format; Delivery of Channels, Objects and Ambisonic Sound Fields
TS 101 154 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Specification for the use of Video and Audio Coding in Broadcasting Applications based on the MPEG-2 Transport Stream
TS 101 756 Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB); Registered Tables