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Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast

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DTMB (Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Broadcast) is the TV standard for mobile and fixed terminals used in the Mainland China, Cuba, Hong Kong and Macau.



Previously known as DMB-T/H (Digital Multimedia Broadcast-Terrestrial/Handheld), the DTMB is a merger of the standards ADTB-T (developed by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University), DMB-T (developed by Tsinghua University) and TiMi (Terrestrial Interactive Multiservice Infrastructure); this last one is the standard proposed by the Academy of Broadcasting Science in 2002.

At first, neither Shanghai Jiao Tong University nor Tsinghua had enough political strength to make their own technology become the unique standard, so the final decision was to opt for a double standard, merged with the TIMI 3 standard, responding to a need for backward compatibility.

The DTMB was created in 2004 and finally became an official DTT standard in 2006.

DTMB in ChinaEdit

  • 2005 trial[1]
  • 18/08/2006 formal adoption as a DTT standard[1]
  • 2008 analogue to digital switchover[1]
  • 2015-2018 analog switchoff[1]
  • In 2020, the terrestrial digital TV of the People's Republic of China will be fully turned to high definition.

DTMB channel available in ChinaEdit

  • National:
  • CCTV-1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, CGTN English
  • Provinces:

Main channel of province TV in each province

  • High Definition Channel:
  • Varies
  • City or Local channel:
  • Varies

DTMB in Hong KongEdit

  • 18/08/2006 formal adoption as a DTT standard[1]
  • 31/12/2007 analogue to digital switchover[1]
  • 30/11/2020 analogue switchoff[2]

DTMB in MacauEdit

  • 18/08/2006 formal adoption as a DTT standard[1]

Versus CMMBEdit

Countries and territories using DTMBEdit

DTT broadcasting systems. Countries using DTMB are shown in purple.


Middle EastEdit

North AmericaEdit


Besides the basic functions of traditional television service, the DTMB allows additional services using the new television broadcasting system. DTMB system is compatible with fixed reception (indoor and outdoor) and mobile digital terrestrial television.

  • Mobile reception: is compatible with digital broadcasting TV in standard definition (SD), digital audio broadcasting, multimedia broadcasting and data broadcasting service.
  • Fixed reception: in addition to the previous services, also supports high definition digital broadcasting (HDTV).


The DTMB standard uses many advanced technologies to improve their performance, for example, a pseudo-random noise code (PN) as a guard interval that allows faster synchronization system and a more accurate channel estimation, Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) for error correction, modulation Time Domain Synchronization - Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (TDS-OFDM) which allows the combination of broadcasting in SD, HD and multimedia services, etc.

This system gives flexibility to the services offered to support the combination of single-frequency networks (SFN) and multi-frequency networks (MFN). The different modes and parameters can be chosen depending on the type of service and network's environment.

The sequence of pseudo-random pattern is defined in time domain and the information of the Discrete Fourier transform (DFT) is defined in the frequency domain. The two frames are multiplexed in the time domain, resulting in Time domain synchronization (TDS).

Functional schemeEdit

This transmission system makes the conversion of the input signal to the output data of terrestrial TV signal.

The data passes through the encoder, the error protection process FEC (Forward Error Correction), through the constellation mapping process and then the interleaving processes the information to create the data blocks. The data block and the TPS information are multiplexed, and pass through the data processor to form the body structure. It combines information from the body and the head to form the frame and this is passed through the SRRC (Square Root Raised Cosine) filter to become a signal within an 8 MHz channel bandwidth. Finally the signal is modulated to put it in the corresponding frequency band.


  • Bit-rate: from 4.813 Mbit/s to 32.486 Mbit/s
  • Combination of SD, HD, and multimedia services
  • Flexibility of services
  • Time and frequency domain of data-processing
  • Broadcasting of between 6 and 15 SD channels and 1 or 2 HD channels
  • Same quality of reception as wire broadcast

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g DTV Status. Retrieved May 30, 2012
  2. ^ "Government to switch off analogue television services at end-November 2020". Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ CNTV English Archived 2013-03-22 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 21, 2013

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