Freeview Play is the next generation of the UK DTT platform and includes catch-up TV and on-demand services from the BBC, ITV, STV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and UKTV.
New requirements include mandatory support for the decoding of HEVC for programmes delivered via broadband; optional support for Ultra HD and HDR content via broadband; Enhanced subtitling in on-demand programmes using the EBU-TT-D standard and Support for additional content protection technologies.
James Jackson, Technology Director at Digital UK, said: “As more manufacturers and content providers join Freeview Play the platform is evolving for the future and embracing new technologies, including HEVC and the potential for Ultra HD via broadband. Publishing this specification on our website also makes it easier for new products to come to market and for Freeview to continue bringing viewers the best in broadcast and on-demand TV, free from subscription.”
Freeview Play is currently available in Panasonic, JVC and Finlux TVs, and is being rolled out across a number of LG televisions this year. Recorders from Panasonic and Humax allow viewers to add Freeview Play to their existing set. Products from Sharp, Manhattan and other leading manufacturers will follow.
The Freeview Play technical specification is available to download at www.digitaluk.co.uk/fvp-spec