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ATSC, DVB-T and ISDB-T

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The following review compares the worldwide digital broadcasting systems ATSC, DVB-T and ISDB-T. (September 2007)



1. Digital broadcasting systems for terrestrial television (September 2007)

Brief overview
SystemExplanation
DVB-TBroadcasting via DVB-T is actively in use.
DVB-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the DVB-T system.
DVB-T trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with DVB-T.
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 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.
ISDB-TBroadcasting via ISDB-T is actively in use.
SBTVD-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the SBTVD-T system.
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedNo formal adoption of a DTT standard. Commercial DVB-T services.
Commercial DVB-T servicesNo formal adoption of a DTT standard.
 Undecided countries.

Terrestrial transmission systems of digital television
ContinentSystemCountries & Territories
Africa
RRC06Algeria
RRC06Angola
 Benin (formerly Dahomey)
RRC06Botswana
RRC06Burkina Faso
RRC06Burundi
RRC06Cameroon
DVB-T trial broadcastsCape Verde
RRC06Central African Republic
RRC06Chad
RRC06Comoros (incl. Mayotte)
RRC06Congo, Democratic Republic of the (formerly Zaire)
RRC06Congo, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
RRC06Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
RRC06Djibouti
RRC06Egypt
 Equatorial Guinea
RRC06Eritrea
RRC06Ethiopia
RRC06Gabon
RRC06Gambia
RRC06Ghana
 Guinea
 Guinea-Bissau
RRC06Kenya
RRC06Lesotho
 Liberia
RRC06Libya
RRC06Madagascar
RRC06Malawi
RRC06Mali
 Mauritania
DVB-TMauritius
DVB-T trial broadcastsMorocco
RRC06Mozambique
DVB-TNamibia
 Niger
RRC06Nigeria
 Réunion
RRC06Rwanda
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Sahara, Democratic Arab Republic (Western Sahara)
 Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)
RRC06Senegal
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
RRC06Somalia
DVB-T trial broadcastsSouth Africa
RRC06Sudan
RRC06Swaziland
RRC06Tanzania
RRC06Tanzania - Unguja Island (formerly Zanzibar) and Pemba
RRC06Togo
DVB-T trial broadcastsTunisia
 Uganda
RRC06Zambia
RRC06Zimbabwe
 
Antarctica   Antarctica
 
Asia
 Afghanistan
RRC06Bahrain
 Bangladesh
 Bhutan
DVB-T trial broadcastsBrunei (Negara Brunei Darussalam)
DVB-T adoptedCambodia
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedChina, People's Republic of (incl. Tibet)
 East Timor (Timor-Leste)
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedHong Kong
DVB-T adoptedIndia
DVB-T trial broadcastsIndonesia (incl. Irian Jaya)
DVB-T adoptedIran
 Iraq
ISDB-TJapan
RRC06Jordan
 Korea, North
ATSCKorea, South
RRC06Kuwait
RRC06Kyrgyztan
DVB-T trial broadcastsLaos
RRC06Lebanon
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedMacao (Macau)
DVB-T trial broadcastsMalaysia
 Maldives
 Mongolia
DVB-T adoptedMyanmar (formerly Burma)
 Nepal
RRC06Oman
 Pakistan
DVB-T trial broadcastsPhilippines
RRC06Qatar
DVB-TSaudi Arabia
DVB-TSingapore
RRC06Socotra
DVB-T adoptedSri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
RRC06Syria
DVB-TTaiwan
 Tajikistan
DVB-T trial broadcastsThailand (formerly Siam)
 Turkmenistan
RRC06United Arab Emirates, UAE (incl. the Emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
RRC06Uzbekistan
DVB-T trial broadcastsVietnam
RRC06Yemen
 
Australia
and
Oceania
DVB-TAustralia
 Cook Islands (incl. Tokelau)
 Easter Island
 Fiji Islands
 French Polynesia (incl. Tahiti)
 Guam
 Kiribati (Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, Line Islands)
 Marshall Islands
 Micronesia (Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands)
 Nauru
 New Caledonia
DVB-T adoptedNew Zealand
 Niue
 Norfolk Island
 Northern Mariana Islands
 Palau
 Papua New Guinea
 Pitcairn
 Samoa
 Samoa, American
 Solomon Islands
 Tonga
 Tuvalu
 Vanuatu
 Wallis and Futuna Islands
 
Europe
DVB-TAlbania
DVB-TAndorra
RRC06Armenia
DVB-TAustria
DVB-TAzerbaijan
DVB-T trial broadcastsAzores
DVB-T trial broadcastsBelarus
DVB-TBelgium
DVB-T adoptedBosnia and Herzegovina
DVB-T adoptedBulgaria
DVB-T trial broadcastsCanary Islands
DVB-TChannel Islands
DVB-TCroatia
DVB-T trial broadcastsCyprus
DVB-TCzech Republic
DVB-TDenmark
DVB-TEstonia
DVB-TFaroe Islands
DVB-TFinland
DVB-TFrance
DVB-TFrance - Corsica
RRC06Georgia
DVB-TGermany
DVB-TGibraltar
DVB-TGreece
DVB-TGreece - Crete
DVB-T trial broadcastsHungary
DVB-T trial broadcastsIceland
DVB-T trial broadcastsIreland, Republic of
DVB-T trial broadcastsIsrael
DVB-TItaly
RRC06Kazakhstan
DVB-T adoptedLatvia
RRC06Liechtenstein
DVB-TLithuania
DVB-TLuxembourg
DVB-T trial broadcastsMacedonia
DVB-T trial broadcastsMadeira
DVB-TMalta
DVB-T trial broadcastsMoldova (Republic of Moldova)
DVB-TMonaco
DVB-T trial broadcastsMontenegro
DVB-TNetherlands (Holland)
DVB-TNorway
DVB-T trial broadcastsPoland
DVB-T trial broadcastsPortugal
DVB-T trial broadcastsRomania
DVB-TRussia
RRC06San Marino
DVB-T trial broadcastsSerbia
DVB-T trial broadcastsSlovakia
DVB-T trial broadcastsSlovenia
DVB-TSpain
DVB-TSweden
DVB-TSwitzerland
DVB-T trial broadcastsTurkey
DVB-T trial broadcastsUkraine
DVB-TUnited Kingdom (Great Britain [England, Scotland, Wales] and Northern Ireland)
DVB-TVatican City
 
North America
 Anguilla
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Aruba
 Bahamas
 Barbados
 Belize
Commercial DVB-T servicesBermuda Islands
 British Virgin Islands
ATSCCanada
 Cayman Islands
 Costa Rica
 Cuba
 Dominica
 Dominican Republic
 El Salvador
DVB-TGreenland
 Grenada
 Guadeloupe
 Guatemala
 Haiti
 Honduras
 Jamaica
 Martinique
ATSCMexico
 Montserrat
 Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten [Saint-Martin])
 Nicaragua
 Panama
 Puerto Rico
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turks and Caicos Islands
ATSCUnited States of America, USA (incl. Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands and Wake Island)
 Virgin Islands of the United States
 
South America
Commercial DVB-T servicesArgentina
 Bolivia
SBTVD-T adoptedBrazil
 Chile
 Colombia
 Ecuador
 Falkland Islands
 Guiana, French
 Guyana
Commercial DVB-T servicesParaguay
 Peru
 Suriname
DVB-T adoptedUruguay
 Venezuela


2006/03/03 - last updated: 2007/09/02

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