Samsung will provide the initial TV platforms for conducting the compatibility tests. These platforms include an enhanced debug mode which allows the gathering of additional data to diagnose issues. Samsung will also provide technical assistance to the program to assist app developers to run their applications on Samsung TVs.
Eurofins, which has offices in Belgium, Hong Kong, Poland and Sweden, will initially build the Test Centre at its office in Bristol, UK. This Test Centre will take responsibility for testing and validating HbbTV Applications provided by app developers (who might be broadcasters or other parties) and will work with these app developers to define the scope of the testing required. This will ensure that the HbbTV applications conform to the HbbTV specification and function correctly on real, deployed devices from the market leading brand.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Samsung in creating the first independent Test Centre for the testing and verification of HbbTV apps,” said Johan Craeybeckx, Eurofins Digital Testing’s CEO.
“HbbTV is gaining increasing acceptance with broadcasters around the world and consumers are rapidly engaging with new applications; this new Test Centre gives broadcasters and developers the perfect environment to rigorously test their new applications and ensure their compatibility across a range of platforms prior to their release.”
The agreement between Samsung and Eurofins allows for the growth of the Test Centre to include more devices in due course – including those from other manufacturers – to further extend the testing capabilities.