In a statement from the industry led body that has set the standard for UK digital TV it has emerged that the proposals issued by the Digital UK-Freeview alliance will be based around the European HbbTV.
“The technical requirements for this platform will build on the foundation on the D-Book and Freeview HD requirements and be published in a separate specification by Digital UK,” the organisation said. “It is anticipated that the DTG will publish D-Book 8 later in 2014 which will be designed to enable the seamless implementation of both the broadcast services defined in the DTG D-Book and the new Digital UK, HbbTV based, Freeview Connected Specification.”
The new Freeview Connect is widely seen as a competitor to the now telco-led YouView, even though the two organisations have a number of stakeholders in common (BBC, ITV, CH4, and Arqiva) .
The D-Book defines both the delivery and reception of services. It also includes the interoperability requirements for IP services delivered using the current MHEG based, Red Button, interactive TV mechanisms.
D-Book 7 (Version 4) was published last month and includes updates to TV White Space testing and audio description requirements.