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ATSC, DTMB, DVB-T/DVB-T2, and ISDB-T

DTV Status compares the worldwide digital broadcasting systems ATSC, DTMB, DVB-T/DVB-T2, and ISDB-T.

1. Digital broadcasting systems for terrestrial television
1.1 Africa
1.2 Asia
1.3 Australia and Oceania
1.4 Europe
1.5 North America
1.6 South America


1. Digital broadcasting systems for terrestrial television

For terrestrial broadcasting of digital TV programs four competing systems are used.

In Japan the ISDB-T (Terrestrial Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting) system is standardized by ARIB (Association of Radio Industries and Businesses).
SBTVD-T (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão Digital Terrestre) is the digital terrestrial television system in Brazil. SBTVD-T (ISDB-Tb or ISDB-T International) is based on ISDB-T.

China (including Hong Kong and Macao) chose DMB-T/H (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting-Terrestrial/Handheld) as DTV standard. Now known as DTMB (Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast).

A system which uses an 8 VSB modulation (8 Level Vestigial Side Band) for terrestrial broadcasting, standardized by ATSC, has been realized in the USA.

The DVB Project has been realized in Europe by EBU (European Broadcasting Union), ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) and the CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization). For terrestrial broadcasting the DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial) standard is used.

Map for digital terrestrial television

Brief overview
SystemExplanation
DVB-T/DVB-T2Broadcasting via DVB-T/DVB-T2 is actively in use.
DVB-T/DVB-T2 adoptedCountries which have adopted the DVB-T/DVB-T2 system.
DVB-T/DVB-T2 trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with DVB-T/DVB-T2.
RRC06The according countries participate in the Regional Radiocommunications Conference 2006 of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). It can be assumed that all countries taking part will ultimately use the DVB-T/DVB-T2 system when they move from analog to digital.
ATSCBroadcasting via the ATSC system is actively in use.
ATSC adoptedCountries which have adopted the ATSC system.
ATSC trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with ATSC.
ISDB-TBroadcasting via ISDB-T is actively in use.
ISDB-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the ISDB-T system.
ISDB-T trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with ISDB-T.
SBTVD-TBroadcasting via SBTVD-T is actively in use.
SBTVD-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the SBTVD-T system.
DTMBBroadcasting via DTMB is actively in use.
DTMB adoptedCountries which have adopted the DTMB system.
DTMB trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with DTMB.
Commercial DVB-T servicesNo formal adoption of a DTT standard.
 Undecided countries.


The following overview of the various systems is additionally subdivided into continents. Please report hints for possible mistakes or actual changes.

Date format = YYYY/MM/DD_[X]
[T] = Date of starting trials
[A] = Date of a formal adoption of a DTT standard
[D] = Digital Switchover (DSO)
[L] = Launch of next upgrade of the DTT standard
ASO = Analog Switch-Off


Terrestrial transmission systems of digital television
 
1.1 Africa
Countries/TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - D - LASO
AlgeriaDVB-TDVB-T:2009/07_D2014
AngolaDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
BeninDVB-T adopted
BotswanaISDB-TDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
ISDB-T:2013/02_A
ISDB-T:2013/07/29_D
2015/06/17
Burkina FasoRRC06
BurundiRRC06
CameroonDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2012/11/20_A
Cape VerdeDVB-T trial broadcastsDVB-T:2013_D2015/06
Central African RepublicRRC06
ChadRRC06
ComorosRRC06
Congo, Democratic Republic of theDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
Congo, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)RRC06
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)RRC06
DjiboutiRRC06
EgyptDVB-T adopted
Equatorial Guinea 
EritreaRRC06
EthiopiaRRC06
GabonRRC06
GambiaRRC06
GhanaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2008_A
DVB-T:2010_D
DVB-T2:2011/09_A
2013
Guinea 
Guinea-BissauDVB-T trial broadcastsDVB-T:2010/06_T
KenyaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2009/12/09_D
DVB-T2:2011/09/14_L
2015
LesothoDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
LiberiaRRC06
LibyaDVB-T adopted
MadagascarDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
MalawiDVB-T2DVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
MaliRRC06
MauritaniaRRC06
MauritiusDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2001_T
DVB-T:1999_A
DVB-T:2005/09/30_D
DVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
2011
MayotteDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/10/25
MoroccoDVB-TDVB-T:2007/01_T
DVB-T:2007/02_D
2015
MozambiqueDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
DVB-T2:2013_D
NamibiaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2005/02/18_D
DVB-T2:2012_L
2005
NigerRRC06
NigeriaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2010_D
DVB-T2:2011/10/15_L
2015
RéunionDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/10/25
RwandaRRC06
São Tomé and Príncipe 
Sahara, Democratic Arab Republic (Western Sahara) 
Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) 
SenegalRRC06
SeychellesDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
Sierra Leone 
SomaliaRRC06
South AfricaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2000/02_T
DVB-T:2009/03_D
DVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
DVB-T2:2012/09_L
2013/12
South Sudan 
SudanRRC06
SwazilandDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar)DVB-T2DVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
DVB-T2:2012_D
2012/12/31
TogoDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2012_D
TunisiaDVB-TDVB-T:2001_T
DVB-T:2009_D
2015
UgandaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2009_T
DVB-T:2010_D
DVB-T2:2011_L
2012/12
ZambiaDVB-T2DVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
DVB-T2:2011/07/01_D
ZimbabweDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2010/11/25_A
DVB-T2:2013_D
 
 
1.2 Asia
Countries/TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - D - LASO
AfghanistanDVB-T2 adopted
BahrainDVB-TDVB-T:2009_D
BangladeshDVB-T adopted2015
Bhutan 
Brunei (Negara Brunei Darussalam)DVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2006/01_T
DVB-T:2005/08/29_A
DVB-T:2008/08_D
DVB-T2:2012_A
2014
CambodiaDVB-TDVB-T:2007/05_A
DVB-T:2012/09_D
2015
China, People's Republic of (incl. Tibet)DTMBDTMB:2005_T
DTMB:2006/08/18_A
DTMB:2008_D
2015-2018
East Timor (Timor-Leste) 
Hong KongDTMBDTMB:2006/08/18_A
DTMB:2007/12/31_D
2012
India (incl. Jammu and Kashmir)DVB-T adoptedDVB-T:2000_T
DVB-T:1999/07/08_A
Indonesia (incl. Irian Jaya)DVB-T2 adopted2008/08_T
DVB-T:2007/05_A
DVB-T2:2012_A
2017
IranDVB-TDVB-T:2006_T
DVB-T:2001_A
DVB-T:2009_D
Iraq 
JapanISDB-TISDB-T:2003/12_D2011/07/24
JordanRRC06
Korea, North 
Korea, SouthATSCATSC:1997/11/21_A
ATSC:2001_D
2012/12/31
KuwaitRRC06
KyrgyztanDVB-T2DVB-T2:2012/11/23_D2015
LaosDVB-T adoptedDVB-T:2007/05_A2015
LebanonRRC06
Macao (Macau)DTMB adoptedDTMB:2006/08/18_A
MalaysiaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2006/09_T
DVB-T:2005/08/29_A
DVB-T:2010_D
DVB-T2:2011/04_T
DVB-T2:2012_A
2015
MaldivesISDB-T adoptedISDB-T:2011/10/19_A
MongoliaDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2011/11/22_A2014/06/30
MyanmarDVB-TDVB-T:2005/08/29_A
DVB-T:2005_D
NepalDVB-T2 adopted
OmanRRC06
Pakistan 
Palestinian territories 
PhilippinesISDB-T adoptedDVB-T:2007/01_T
DVB-T:2006/11_A
ISDB-T:2010/06/10_A
2015/12/31
QatarRRC06
Saudi ArabiaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2004_T
DVB-T:2006/06/11_D
DVB-T2:2013/03_L
SingaporeDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2000/12_T
DVB-T:1999_A
DVB-T:2002_D
DVB-T2:2011/09_T
DVB-T2:2013_L
2017
Sri LankaDVB-T adopted
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2008/01/23_T
DVB-T:2009/08/27_A
DVB-T:2011_D
DVB-T2:2011_A
2017
SyriaRRC06
TaiwanDVB-TDVB-T:2001_T
DVB-T:2001_A
DVB-T:2004/06_D
2010
Tajikistan 
ThailandDVB-T adopted
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2007/05_A
DVB-T2:2011/01/25_T
DVB-T2:2012/05/24_A
2015
Turkmenistan 
United Arab Emirates, UAE (incl. the Emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai)DVB-T trial broadcastsDVB-T:2007_T
UzbekistanDVB-TDVB-T:2011_D2015
VietnamDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2001_T
DVB-T:2007/05_A
DVB-T2:2011/11/11_L
2015
Yemen (incl. Socotra)RRC06
 
 
1.3 Australia and Oceania
Countries/TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - D - LASO
AustraliaDVB-TDVB-T:1998_T
DVB-T:2001_D
2013/12
Cook Islands (incl. Tokelau) 
Easter Island 
Fiji Islands 
French Polynesia (incl. Tahiti)DVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/09/20
Guam 
Kiribati (Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, Line Islands) 
Marshall Islands 
Micronesia (Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands) 
Nauru 
New CaledoniaDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/09/27
New ZealandDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2008/04/02_D
DVB-T2:2012_L
2012/09-
2013/12/01
Niue 
Norfolk Island 
Northern Mariana Islands 
Palau 
Papua New Guinea 
Pitcairn 
Samoa 
Samoa, American 
Solomon Islands 
Tonga 
Tuvalu 
Vanuatu 
Wallis and Futuna IslandsDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/09/27
 
 
1.4 Europe
Countries/TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - D - LASO
AlbaniaDVB-TDVB-T:2007_T
DVB-T:2007/05_A
DVB-T:2004/07/15_D
AndorraDVB-TDVB-T:2005/08_D2007/09/25
ArmeniaRRC062015
AustriaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2004_T
DVB-T:2001_A
DVB-T:2006/10/26_D
DVB-T2:2010/04/12_T
DVB-T2:2012_L
2007-
2011/06/06
AzerbaijanDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2004/09_T
DVB-T:2009_D
DVB-T2:2012_A
2015
BelarusDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2004/12/28_T
DVB-T:2005/07_D
DVB-T2:2011/05_T
2015
BelgiumDVB-TDVB-T:2002_T
DVB-T:2002_A
DVB-T:2003/07_D
DVB-T2:2013_L
2011/11
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDVB-T adopted
BulgariaDVB-T adopted2013/09
CroatiaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2005/06_T
DVB-T:2007_D
DVB-T2:2012/11_L
2010/10/05
CyprusDVB-T trial broadcasts2011
Czech RepublicDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2000_T
DVB-T:2005/10/21_D
DVB-T2:2010/05_T
2011/11/11
DenmarkDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:1999_T
DVB-T:2000/12_A
DVB-T:2006/03/31_D
DVB-T2:2010/06_T
2009/10/31
EstoniaDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2004/05/07_T
DVB-T:2006/12/15_D
DVB-T2:2012/12_T
2010/06
Faroe IslandsDVB-TDVB-T:2002_T
DVB-T:2002/12_D
2002/12
Finland (incl. Åland Islands)DVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:1999_T
DVB-T:2001/08_D
DVB-T2:2011/01/01_L
2007/09/01
FranceDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2005/01/17_T
DVB-T:2000/08_A
DVB-T:2005/03/31_D
DVB-T2:2011/10/20_T
DVB-T2:2015_L
2009/11-
2011/11/30
GeorgiaRRC06
GermanyDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2002_A
DVB-T:2002/11_D
DVB-T2:2009_T
DVB-T2:2017_L
2008/11/25
GibraltarDVB-T
DVB-T2
See United Kingdom
DVB-T2:2012/12/29_D
2013/01/02
GreeceDVB-TDVB-T:2006/01/16_T
DVB-T:2008/11/01_D
2012
HungaryDVB-TDVB-T:1999_T
DVB-T:2004_A
DVB-T:2008/12/01_D
2011/12/31-
2013/10/31
IcelandDVB-T trial broadcasts
Ireland, Republic ofDVB-TDVB-T:2006_T
DVB-T:2001/03_A
DVB-T:2010/10/29_D
2012/10/24
IsraelDVB-TDVB-T:2004_T
DVB-T:2009/08/02_D
2011/03/30
ItalyDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:1998_T
DVB-T:2001_A
DVB-T:2003/12_D
DVB-T2:2010/06_L
2008-
2012/07/04
KazakhstanDVB-T2 trial broadcastsDVB-T2:2011/03_T
Kosovo 
LatviaDVB-TDVB-T:2002_T
DVB-T:2000_A
DVB-T:2009/08_D
2010/04/01-
2010/06/01
LiechtensteinRRC06
LithuaniaDVB-TDVB-T:2003_T
DVB-T:2006/06_D
2012/10/29
LuxembourgDVB-TDVB-T:2002/07/01_T
DVB-T:2006/04_D
2006
MacedoniaDVB-TDVB-T:2004/12/14_T
DVB-T:2009/09_D
2013/06/01
MaltaDVB-TDVB-T:2004_T
DVB-T:2005/07/01_D
2010
Moldova (Republic of Moldova)DVB-T trial broadcastsDVB-T:2003/09_T2015
MonacoDVB-T
MontenegroDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T:2008_T
DVB-T2:2011/03/09_A
DVB-T2:2013_D
2012/12/31
Netherlands (Holland) (incl. Bonaire, Sint Eustatius (Statia, Statius) and Saba)DVB-TDVB-T:1998_T
DVB-T:1999_A
DVB-T:2003/04_D
2006/12/11
Norway (incl. Svalbard and Jan Mayen)DVB-TDVB-T:2000/06_T
DVB-T:2002_A
DVB-T:2007/09/01_D
2008/03/04-
2009
PolandDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2001/11_T
DVB-T:2003_A
DVB-T:2010/09/30_D
DVB-T2:2012/12/21_T
2012/11/07-
2013/07/31
Portugal (incl. Azores and Madeira)DVB-TDVB-T:1998_T
DVB-T:2000_A
DVB-T:2009/04/29_D
2012/01/12-
2012/04/26
RomaniaDVB-T adoptedDVB-T:2005/12_T
DVB-T:2000_A
2013
RussiaDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2005_T
DVB-T:2003/12_A
DVB-T:2008_D
DVB-T2:2012/03/01_L
2015
San MarinoRRC06
SerbiaDVB-T2DVB-T:2005/05/10_T
DVB-T:2011/03_A
DVB-T2:2012/03/21_D
2012/04/04
SlovakiaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:1999_T
DVB-T:2001_A
DVB-T:2010/01_D
DVB-T2:2011/08/31_T
2011/03/09-
2011/08
SloveniaDVB-TDVB-T:2001/09_T
DVB-T:2007_D
2010/12/01
Spain (incl. Canary Islands)DVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:1997_T
DVB-T:1998/10_A
DVB-T:2000/05_D
DVB-T2:2011/11_T
2010/04/03
SwedenDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:1999/04/01_T
DVB-T:1997/05_A
DVB-T:1999/09_D
DVB-T2:2011/11/01_L
2007/10/15
SwitzerlandDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
DVB-T:2000_T
DVB-T:2003_D
2008/02/25
TurkeyDVB-T adopted
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2006/02/03_T
DVB-T:2004/09_A
DVB-T:2013/11_D
DVB-T2:2012_A
DVB-T2:2013/11_D
2015/03/03
UkraineDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:2002_T
DVB-T:2006/01_A
DVB-T:2006/06_D
DVB-T2:2011_T
DVB-T2:2011/10_L
2014-2015
United Kingdom (Great Britain [England, Scotland, Wales] and Northern Ireland) with Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey) and Isle of ManDVB-T
DVB-T2
DVB-T:1996_T
DVB-T:1996/07_A
DVB-T:1998/11_D
DVB-T2:2010_L
2007-
2012/12/31
 
 
1.5 North America
Countries/TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - D - LASO
Anguilla 
Antigua and Barbuda 
Aruba 
Bahamas 
Barbados 
BelizeSBTVD-T adoptedSBTVD-T:2010_A
Bermuda IslandsDVB-TDVB-T:2007/07_D
British Virgin IslandsDVB-TSee United Kingdom
CanadaATSCATSC:1997/11/08_A
ATSC:2003_D
2011
Cayman Islands 
Costa RicaSBTVD-TSBTVD-T:2010/04/29_A
SBTVD-T:2012/03_D
2018
CubaDTMB trial broadcastsDTMB:2013/06_T
DTMB:2014_D
2021
CuraçaoDVB-TDVB-T:2007/11_D
Dominica 
Dominican RepublicATSC adopted2009_T
ATSC:2010/08/10_A
2015
El SalvadorATSCATSC:2009/04/22_A
ATSC:2010/02_D
2012-2014
GreenlandDVB-TSee Denmark
Grenada 
GuadeloupeDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/11/29
GuatemalaSBTVD-T adoptedATSC:2006_D
SBTVD-T:2013/05/31_A
2015
HaitiDVB-T2 adoptedDVB-T2:2012_A
HondurasSBTVD-T adoptedATSC:2007/01/16_A
SBTVD-T:2013/09_A
2017-2022
Jamaica 
MartiniqueDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/11/29
MexicoATSCATSC:2004/07/02_A
ATSC:2006_D
2015
Montserrat 
NicaraguaSBTVD-T adoptedSBTVD-T:2010/08/17_A
PanamaDVB-TDVB-T:2009/05/12_A
DVB-T:2009/12/10_D
Puerto RicoATSCATSC:1996/12/24_A
Saint Kitts and Nevis 
Saint Lucia 
Saint Pierre and MiquelonDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/09/27
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
Sint Maarten [Saint-Martin]DVB-TDVB-T:2007/11_D
Trinidad and TobagoDVB-TDVB-T:2009/10_D
Turks and Caicos Islands 
United States of America, USA (incl. Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands and Wake Island)ATSCATSC:1996/12/24_A
ATSC:2000_D
DVB-T2:2013/02_T
2009/02/17-
2009/06/12
Virgin Islands of the United StatesATSCSee United States of America, USA
 
 
1.6 South America
Countries/TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - D - LASO
ArgentinaSBTVD-TSBTVD-T:2009/08/28_A
SBTVD-T:2010/04/28_D
2019
BoliviaSBTVD-TSBTVD-T:2010/07/05_A
SBTVD-T:2012/05/10_D
2024
BrazilSBTVD-TSBTVD-T:2006/06/29_A
SBTVD-T:2007/12/02_D
2016
ChileSBTVD-T adoptedSBTVD-T:2009/09/14_A
SBTVD-T:2010_D
2017
ColombiaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
DVB-T:2008/08/28_A
DVB-T:2010/01/29_D
DVB-T2:2011/12/20_A
DVB-T2:2013_L
2017-2020
EcuadorSBTVD-T adoptedSBTVD-T:2010/03/26_A
Falkland IslandsDVB-TSee United Kingdom
Guiana, FrenchDVB-TSee France
DVB-T:2010/11/30_D
2011/11/29
Guyana 
ParaguaySBTVD-TSBTVD-T:2010/06_A
SBTVD-T:2011/08/15_D
PeruSBTVD-T2007/10_T
SBTVD-T:2009/04/23_A
SBTVD-T:2010/03/30_D
2023
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsDVB-TSee United Kingdom
SurinameDVB-T2DVB-T2:2012_D
UruguaySBTVD-T adoptedDVB-T:2007/08/27_A
SBTVD-T:2010/12/27_A
SBTVD-T:2011-2012_D
2014-2015
VenezuelaSBTVD-TDVB-T:2007/06_T
SBTVD-T:2009/10/06_A
SBTVD-T:2011/06_D
2018


2006/03/03 - last updated: 2014/03/22

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