DTG Testing has begun full testing for Freeview Play Conformance. The next-generation DTT platform has now been in place for 12 months and the not-for-profit test centre is offering any combination of Freeview HD/D-Book 9 Compliance Testing; Metadata Delivery & Presentation Testing; Platform Technology Testing and Freeview Play Content Provider Player Testing.
Ranjeet Kaur, Head of DTG Testing said: “Smart manufacturers understand that their investment in prelaunch independent testing pays dividends over a product’s life by minimising costly in-market support and product returns, not to mention helping to ensure a product that will delight retailers and customers. 2015-2016 industry statistics show that no products passed standard conformance tests on the first test cycle – with 43% of products passing after the second cycle, and all others requiring between 3 and 6 test cycles. We believe our offering saves time and provides real value to the industry.”
HbbTV testing is also available as is conformance for ITV Hub, All4, Demand 5, STV and UKTV, with BBC iPlayer pre-conformance.
The move was welcomed by Graham North, Vice President Sales, Humax Electronics Co, Ltd, which was the first manufacturer to market: “Humax has a successful retail business within the UK and is brand leader in the digital TV recorder market. Delivering Freeview, Freesat and YouView products, it is essential that we are able to test and comply with platform requirements. DTG Testing has a comprehensive independent test facility, which offers us the ability to fully test our platform compliance and also interoperability with other products.”
Last month it was announced four new manufacturers had signed to Freeview Play: Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp AQUOS, and Toshiba devices will all be launched in the next few months.