[linux-dvb] Multiproto API/Driver Update

barry bouwsma free_beer_for_all at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 9 02:43:55 CEST 2008

--- On Mon, 9/8/08, Georg Acher <acher at in.tum.de> wrote:

> > Or is DAB/T-DMB too different from DVB and related technologies,
> DAB itself is totally different to DVB, as it has no transport stream
> equivalent. The different subchannels have different frame/packet lengths,

First, many herzlichen dank for your reply.  Now I'm going to
ask a question about something that I've just read about in
the last minutes...

Would this be somewhat comparable to the Generic Stream (GS)
of DVB-S2, particularly the Continuous mode, as opposed to the
packetised mode?

If there is to be added DVB-S2/GS ability to the relevant API,
which I suspect will be eventually necessary, as the Transport
Stream mode is a compatibility mode with DVB-S, then I am
wondering if that is reasonably close to how whatever DAB
hardware would deliver the modulated multiplex data on its

Of course, I really do not know what I'm talking about, yet.

> depending on their bitrate allocation and FEC. Also the service information
> (FIGs) has no similarity to DVB.

I would have to ask either someone familiar with the hardware
which I have, or someone who has viewed its datastream, but
if I understand what I've read so far, I should expect to need
to write a demultiplexer in userspace in order to get the
interesting data from the (1,5Mbit/sec-ish) multiplex datastream.

Anything more than that would require extending whatever API.

> closer inspection
> also shows some differences in the allowed video and audio
> codecs and how SI are handled.

If I understand correctly, the difference between DAB and DAB+
has nothing to do with the modulation -- unlike the newly-
being-tested DVB-T2, so my hardware from an API perspective
won't be magically obsoleted -- only the software player needs
AAC audio decoding ability.

Whereas, all my DVB-T devices (and DVB-C) will be obsolete in
the event that the nearby countries of interest decide to
introduce DVB-T2 -- which is not likely soon, but could happen
with the introduction of terrestrial HDTV, should those countries
actually do so, following the UK.

barry bouwsma
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