IBC 2010 – AMSTERDAM. The Digital TV Group (DTG) has announced its testing centre is now able to provide manufacturers with a single facility for the test and conformance of Connected TV, HbbTV, Freeview, Freesat and the UK Digital Tick.
The organization is also working with Project Canvas on the development of a test and conformance regime for the service, ahead of the anticipated launch of set-top boxes for the hybrid service during 2011.
We are working closely with the DTG to create a competitive market for connected TV”, said Richard Halton, director, Project Canvas. “Part of that engagement is to ensure a robust standard for connected TV devices and we are pleased to be exploring with the DTG how that may be evolved into a conformance and compliance regime for connected TV more widely.”
On Friday Canvas announced that some 40 manufacturers had answered its call for expressions of interest in the first Canvas-enabled product, a DTT-hybrid PVR.
The DTG has now settled its early differences with Canvas and is now in a process of engagement that has led to a substantial contribution into the DTG’s Connected TV programme that will form a part of D-Book 7.
“A robust and reliable test and conformance regime is crucial if consumers are to put their faith in emerging technologies such as Connected TV.” said Richard Lindsay-Davies, director general, Digital TV Group. “By applying our proven approach to test and conformance – developed through testing for the Freeview, Freesat and more recently Freeview HD services, to Connected TV and HbbTV, the DTG is continuing to fulfil its crucial role in enabling the development of fully reliable and compliant digital TV and media products and services.”
Simon Gaunlett, the DTG’s technical director described the UK Connected TV standards similar to HbbTV, but with enhanced security handling and advanced metadata handling.