Please enjoy this summary and description of the work within NorDig for the last 20 years. Looking back at history is an inspiration to continue the work and face the challenges of the future!
As present chairman for Nordig Excom, I would like to thank the following for their contribution to this historic review; Anders Appelqvist (secretary), Hans Fjøsne (former chairman of Nordig-T), Per Tullstedt (current chairman of Nordig-T) and Jan-Olof Gurinder (former chairman of ExCom).
NorDig for the last 20 years – please click here to open the document: NorDig 20 years
What is NorDig
NorDig is a cooperative organisation consisting of Nordic and Irish television companies and telecom companies. NorDig was constituted 5th November 1997 in Odense Denmark. The Odense declaration declares, that transmission and reception of digital TV in the countries of the members should introduced in an open, standardised market with horizontal competition. Competition should be on content and services; not on technical platform.
The overarching goals of this collaboration are threefold:
To make the transition from analogue to digital television reception as simple as possible for Nordic and Irish viewers
To avoid end eliminate technical hindrances which might block viewers’ access to the various programme companies’ output, and
To make the transitional period with parallel analogue and digital transmissions as short as possible
The cooperation should ensure:
that viewers be given the greatest possible freedom of choice of channels, services and distribution systems, which is to say the avoidance of a market made up of multiple, closed solutions which curtail viewers’ freedom of choice, and affording television companies the possibility of direct contact with audiences, as the companies deem appropriate
that the nationwide channels of all the Nordic countries be accessible throughout the Nordic region, should the broadcasting company so wish
By specifying a uniform set of criteria and requirements regarding TV receivers. A common IRD for the different operators and the different transmission medias, satellite, cable and terrestrial networks and hybrid broadcast / Internet
By distributors commitment to sell CA-modules to Common Interface and smart cards without discrimination in the open market
By harmonisation of transmissions via the NorDig “rules of operation”
By harmonisation of the IRDs
By having HbbTV as common API
By verification test procedures “self test”
By NorDig approval for IRDs that comply with the NorDig minimum requirements