The organisation, which already publishes and maintains the technical specifications for Freeview in the UK, known as the D-Book, said that the extension to the Freeview HD platform will include a common set of on-demand services.
These are 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,” said the DTG.
“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,” it added.
The DTG said it will publish the latest version of the D-Book – which defines both the delivery and reception of services – later in 2014. This will be D-Book 8. The existing version, D-Book 7 (Version 4) was published in May.
UK DTT platform Freeview announced earlier this month that it will launch a new connected TV service, in partnership with Digital UK – an organisation owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva.
The connected TV proposition will be developed and marketed as part of a five-year plan that will see Freeview offer broadcast and on-demand TV, along with a range of popular catch-up players and is designed to make “the best of broadcast and on-demand TV available free for everyone.”
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