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Advanced Digital Broadcast

Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) is a company which provides software, system and service solutions to pay-TV and telecommunication operators, content distributors and property owners around the world. The company specializes also in the development of digital connectivity devices such as set-top boxes and residential gateways.

Aktiengesellschaft Edit this on Wikidata
ISINCH0021194664 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryTelevision, Telecommunications, Pay-TV, Broadband
Founded1995 Edit this on Wikidata
FounderAndrew Rybicki, Janusz C. Szajna, Krzysztof Kolbuszewski, Mariusz Walkowiak
HeadquartersBellevue (GE), Switzerland
Key people
Andrew Rybicki, charmain
ProductsSet-top boxes
Digital Video Recorders
Interactive television
Compact Television head-ends
Residential Gateways,
Home Networking,
TR-069 Remote Management,
Mesh Technology
Number of employees

ADB's global headquarters is located in Bellevue, Switzerland.[1] The company has research and development facilities in Poland and Italy and an Operations division in Taipei, Taiwan. ADB has local offices in several countries in Europe and the United States.

Founded in 1995, ADB initially focused on developing and marketing software for digital TV processors and expanded its business to the design and manufacture of digital TV equipment in 1997. The company sold its first set-top box in 1997 and since then has been delivering a number of set-top boxes, and residential gateways, together with advanced software platforms.[2] ADB has sold over 62 million devices worldwide to cable, satellite, IPTV and broadband operators. ADB employs over 450 people, of which 70% are in engineering functions.[3]


In 1995, ADB was founded by Andrew Rybicki with an initial focus on developing and marketing software for advanced digital TV processors.[4]

In 1997, ADB started designing and manufacturing of digital TV equipment. ADB designed its first commercial set-to box, and established its dedicated R&D facility in Poland and corporate headquarters in Taiwan.[citation needed]

Between 1998 and 2000 offices were opened in Australia, and Spain, and ADB sold its one millionth set-top box.[citation needed]

In 2002, the company opened its Americas headquarters in Chicago (since moved to Denver).[5][dead link] and became the world's first set-top box provider to launch an MHP digital receiver, the i-CAN 3000, in Finland.[6]

In 2005, ADB Group was floated on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SWX) [7] and ADB secured its first major IPTV contract to supply set-top boxes to Telefónica in Spain.[8] The company unveiled its first single-chip MPEG-4 AVC based set-top box, the ADB-7800TW.

In 2006 ADB introduced European-based manufacturing and shipped its eight millionth set-top box. The company partnered with UK broadcasters the BBC, Channel 4, Five and for the first HDTV field trial on the UK's digital terrestrial network[9]. This year ADB participated also in a pilot with Italian broadcaster RAI for the world's first HDTV transmission using MPEG-4 AVC video compression during coverage of the Winter Olympics from Turin, Italy.[10]

In 2015, ADB rebranded and changed the company logo.[11]


ADB is a global supplier of set-top boxes and residential gateways to cable, satellite, IP, terrestrial television operators, and broadband service providers. The company sells software for advanced pay-TV services, such as catch-up, start-over, multi-room video recording, VODinteractive TV and internet applications, consumer devices, middleware, applications, head ends; broadband access gateways and home networking devices; remote management software; and life-cycle and integration services.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Contact ADB". ADB. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  2. ^ "ADB Group Annual Report 2010" (PDF) (Press release).
  3. ^ "About ADB". ADB. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ MarketScreener. "Advanced Digital Broadcast Holdings SA : ADB Group nominates a new CEO | MarketScreener". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "All Business, October 8, 2002, Poland runs first MHP tests in conjunction with ADB". 8 October 2002. Retrieved 13 January 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ "DigiTV, June 2002". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  7. ^ "ADB website – History". Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  8. ^ Lovelacemedia (20 June 2005). "Digital TV Group, June 2005". Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  9. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Broadcasters join forces in DTT high definition trial". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  10. ^ Dickson, By Glen. "Olympic Trial For HD Compression". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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  12. ^ "graphyne2 Family - Multiscreen, Hybrid, Android TV Operator Tier, Second Screen, Multiroom, Service Deliver Platform". ADB. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Broadband". ADB. Retrieved 7 May 2019.