Funding entity Comunidad de Madrid
Participated by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Digital Television (specifically Digital Terrestrial Television ? DTT), in the establishment and deployment phases, in the development of all its potentiality is, from a scientific-technological and economic point of view, one of the biggest challenges of the Comunidad Autónoma of Madrid -CAM in the forthcoming 4 years. This challenge affects all the authors that participate in the process, from content acquisition (production), content diffusion, home reception and, last but not least, and probably the most important of the chain, the user access to the information.
The switch-off of the analog signal is foreseen for 2010 year. This implies that all actors must start now deploying solutions to digitize the emission. Technologically, there are currently available basic solutions for a fast deployment. However, those solutions are currently in revision phase, according to the interesting international research activities carried out, looking for the optimization of all the process: from acquisition with more quality, lower bandwidth in the diffusion, better reception with more efficient equipment (more memory, more computing power, and certain ?service interoperability?), the establishment of interactive applications (through return channels) for the user, and the provision of a better accessibility service for everyone.
The research groups that participate in the proposal contribute with solid experience in the field of Digital Television and Communications, covering the four different blocks that imply the deployment of the DTT, as it is shown in initiatives such as the Forum of Digital Television launched by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain. This forum is participating by the key companies of the sector, as well as universities, associations, etc. The forum activities reflect the research lines of this project, and its working groups are participated very actively by the researchers of this proposal, as it can be shown in the many documents and minutes of meetings already issued.
This proposal is, therefore, a research plan to tackle the evaluation of the current technological solutions that are implied by the deployment of the DTT, and also in the inevitable evolution in the forthcoming years (as it is published in the more reputed international publications of the field), trying to provide a better quality service, more complete, and more universal for every kind of people.