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Digital TV Standards Explained

A List Of Digital Terresteral Signals Used In Different Countries

ATSC, DVB-T, ISDB-T, DMB-T/H.

No they aren't the latest designer drugs and you wont' find them in select night clubs. They're the various types of Digital Terresteral TV standards which are being used across the globe in an effort to bring the idiot box into the modern era.

Digital terresteral TV is slowly being rolled out across the globe in one format or another.

digital broadcast standards

Where in the world are you? This is a visual guide to where each of the digital standards is used across the globe

In an effort to make the analog to digital TV transition as smooth as possible we have put together a list of the countries using different digital standards around the world and the specifications of the standards that they use.

To get the information you need you could either browse the list of standards or use the search bar below by typing in the country you want to get standards for.


This list is by no means comprehensive, definative or final. Other websites you might want to check out include:

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DVB Countries ATSC Countries ISDB countries DMB Countries



DVB Countries

  • Flag of Albania Albania
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (conformation needed)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Andorra Andorra
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (conformation needed)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k


  • Flag of Australia Australia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF & VHF,
    Compression: HD & SD in MPEG2
    Channel bandwidth: 7MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Austria Austria
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: SD MPEG2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 16QAM


  • Flag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Belarus Belarus
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Belgium Belgium
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: SD MPEG2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 16QAM


  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Brunei Brunei
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: (to be announced)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 16QAM


  • Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Cambodia Cambodia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Colombia Colombia
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-H (adopted)
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Compression: H.264 / MPEG-4
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Croatia Croatia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF & VHF,
    Compression: MPEG-2 for SD. HDTV trial service uses MPEG-4.
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of the Czech RepublicCzech Republic
    Standard: DVB-T (To switch to DVB-T2 in 2013)
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (To switch to MPEG-4 in 2013)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of DenmarkDenmark
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Compression: MPEG-2 (MPEG-4 to be used on a four new multiplexes)
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of EstoniaEstonia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4
    Carier type: 8k
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Compression: MPEG-2 (MPEG-4 to be used on a four new multiplexes)
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Finland Finland
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S
    Frequencies: UHF
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Compression: MPEG-1, MPEG-2
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of France France
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S
    Frequencies: UHF
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Compression: MPEG-2; MPEG-4 for PayTV and HDTV
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Georgia (country) Georgia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Germany Germany
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-S
    Frequencies: UHF VHF
    Channel bandwidth: 9MHz (UHF) 7MHz (VHF)
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 16QAM (64QAM for some stations in Halle, Leipzig and Erfurt)


  • Flag of Greece Greece
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S
    Frequencies: UHF
    Channel bandwidth: (not disclosed)
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Carier type: (not disclosed)
    Modulation: (not disclosed)


  • Flag of Greenland Greenland
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Hungary Hungary
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-H
    Frequencies: UHF
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Compression: H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Iceland Iceland
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of India India
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Indonesia Indonesia
    Standard: DVB-T (Government also doing ISDB trials)
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Iran Iran
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: MPEG-4
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Ireland Ireland
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: 8 MHz
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Israel Israel
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Italy Italy
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF VHF
    Channel bandwidth: 9MHz (UHF) 7MHz (VHF)
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Kenya Kenya
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Laos Laos
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Latvia Latvia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Lithuania Lithuania
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF VHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (MPEG-1 for French M6)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz (RTL Luxembourg Multiplex) 7MHz (French M6)
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM (16MHz for French M6)


  • Flag of Malaysia Malaysia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Malta Malta
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF, VHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (SDTV) MPEG-4 AVC (Proposed for HDTV)
    Channel bandwidth: (unknown)
    Carier type: (unknown)
    Modulation: (unknown)


  • Flag of Mauritius Mauritius
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4/H.264
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 2k, 8k
    Modulation: QPSK, 16 QAM, 64QAM


  • Flag of Moldova Moldova
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Morocco Morocco
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-H
    Frequencies: (unknown)
    Compression: (unknown)
    Channel bandwidth: (unknown)
    Carier type: (unknown)
    Modulation: (unknown)


  • Flag of Burma Myanmar
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Namibia Namibia
    Standard: DVB-T (through pay TV provider Multichoice)
    Frequencies: 4MHz (through Multichoice)
    Compression: (unknown)
    Channel bandwidth: (unknown)
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, 1080i25, 720p50 or 576i25; Audio: HE AAC MPEG 4, MPEG1 Layer II /Musicam, or Dolby Digital (AC-3) 32, 44.1 & 48KHz.
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of NorwayNorway
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4, AAC+
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Poland Poland
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4, MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM em>(16QAM for portable devices)


  • Flag of Portugal Portugal
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4 AVC
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of the Republic of Macedonia Republic of Macedonia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Romania Romania
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: MPEG-4 AVC
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Russia Russia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (unknown)
    Compression: (unknown)
    Channel bandwidth: (unknown)
    Carier type: (unknown)
    Modulation: (unknown)


  • Flag of Serbia Serbia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Singapore Singapore
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (mobile and SD), MPEG-4 (HD services)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8K (fixed) 2k (mobile)
    Modulation: 64QAM (fixed) QPSK (mobile)


  • Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: MPEG-4
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-4
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM (fixed) QPSK (mobile)


  • Flag of South Africa South Africa
    Standard: DVB-T (through pay TV provider Multichoice, FTA service being tested in some cities)
    Frequencies: 4MHz (through Multichoice)
    Compression: (unknown)
    Channel bandwidth: (unknown)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Spain Spain
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Sweden Sweden
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (moving to MPEG-4 from 2008 onwards)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • TaiwanTaiwan
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 16QAM


  • Flag of Thailand Thailand
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of TunisiaTunisia
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Turkey Turkey
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: 64QAM


  • Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 2k (switching to 8k by 2012)
    Modulation: 16QAM and 64QAM(on two multiplexes)


  • Flag of UruguayUruguay
    Standard: DVB-T
    Frequencies: (currently being tested)
    Compression: (currently being tested)
    Channel bandwidth: (currently being tested)
    Carier type: (currently being tested)
    Modulation: (currently being tested)


  • Flag of VietnamVietnam
    Standard: DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-H
    Frequencies: UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Carier type: 8k
    Modulation: (unknown)



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ATSC Countries

  • Flag of American Samoa American Samoa
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Bahamas Bahamas
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Bermuda Bermuda
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Canada Canada / North America
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Costa Rica Costa Rica
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Guam Guam
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Honduras Honduras
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Mexico Mexico
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of Puerto_RicoPuerto Rico
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of South KoreaSouth Korea
    Standard: ATSC
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


  • Flag of USAUnited States Of America (USA) / North America
    Standard: ATSC
    Frequencies: UHF and VHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 16 QAM, 256 QAM


  • Flag of U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
    Standard: ATSC
    Frequencies: UHF and VHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 8VSB, 256 QAM


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ISDB countries

  • Flag of JapanJapan
    Standard: ISDB-S, ISDB-T
    Frequencies: OFDM
    Compression: MPEG-2 (video) AAC (Audio)
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 64QAM-OFDM, 16QAM-OFDM, QPSK-OFDM, DQPSK-OFDM


  • Flag of BrazilBrazil
    Standard: SBTVD-T (Brazilian version of ISDB)
    Frequencies: OFDM
    Compression: MPEG-4 AVC H.264 (video) HEAAC (Audio)
    Channel bandwidth: 6MHz
    Modulation: 64QAM-OFDM, 16QAM-OFDM, QPSK-OFDM, DQPSK-OFDM


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DMB Countries

  • Flag of ChinaChina
    Standard: DMB-T, DMB-H (compatable with DVB-T)
    Frequencies: OFDM, UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Modulation: 64QAM-OFDM, 16QAM-OFDM, QPSK-OFDM, DQPSK-OFDM


  • Flag of Hong KongChina ( Hong Kong SAR)
    Standard: DMB-T, DMB-H (compatable with DVB-T)
    Frequencies: OFDM, UHF
    Compression: MPEG-2 (standard definition), Hi264 (high definition)
    Channel bandwidth: 8MHz
    Modulation: 64QAM-OFDM, 16QAM-OFDM, QPSK-OFDM, DQPSK-OFDM


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