Farncombe launches TNT 2.0 test suite for HbbTV

TV technology consultancy firm Farncombe and standards conformance specialist Digital TV Labs have launched a TNT 2.0 test suite targeting manufacturers launching connected TV services based on the latest version of HbbTV.

The HD Forum, the French industry body responsible for developing TNT 2.0, has appointed Farncombe and Digital TV Labs to design the test suite to support the specific features of the TNT 2.0 profile including DASH adaptive streaming, which is specified in HbbTV 1.5. Farncombe has focused on DRM testing, while Digital TV Labs has designed the suite of tools to certify HTTP adaptive streaming based on the recently published MPEG-DASH specification. The TNT 2.0 test suites will also enable the validation of Marlin and Microsoft PlayReady DRMs.

Farncombe will offer the DRM test suite alongside its security audits, allowing connected TV manufacturers’ DRM implementations to be reviewed to ensure compliance with robustness obligations and an objective set of minimum security requirements.

Digital TV labs CEO, Keith Potter said, “The DASH adaptive streaming specified in HbbTV 1.5 is an important step in improving the perceived quality of video presentation on busy or slow internet connections. We are now able to license the full TNT 2.0 test suite, in conjunction with Ligada iSuite to provide full HbbTV 1.5 support to our clients.”

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