Eurofins reveals updated ATSC 3.0 NEXTGEN TV Logo test suite

Broadcast standards conformance testing firm Eurofins Digital Testing has announced the development of updated test suites for the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) NEXTGEN TV Logo programme.

The new standards will be applicable to 2022 model receivers and released by the end of the second quarter of 2021.

The NEXTGEN TV Logo is the consumer-facing brand for ATSC 3.0, which helps consumers identify which devices offer the advanced technology of ATSC 3.0 standards that are  currently being deployed across the US.

The Eurofins NEXTGEN TV Test Suite was developed in collaboration with the CTA and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). It is made up of more than 200 tests covering requirements including ATSC 3.0 physical layer, signaling and ROUTE/DASH, AC-4 audio, 4K HEVC video, captions, interactive application environment, electronic service guides, advanced emergency alerts, watermarks, and other features of ATSC 3.0 standards

Brian Markwalter, senior vice president, technology and standards, CTA said: “CTA and our members from across the video sector developed the NEXTGEN TV name and logo to help consumers easily identify devices that deliver the benefits of NEXTGEN TV. The NEXTGEN TV Test Suite, developed in partnership with Eurofins and NAB, is key to the logo program and its message to consumers. We encourage all manufacturers of NEXTGEN TV-capable products to contact CTA for more information on our logo-use and product-certification programme.”

NAB CTO, Sam Matheny said: “The test suite for the NEXTGEN TV logo program assures confidence that ATSC 3.0 transmissions and receivers will work together properly. ATSC 3.0 technology has unparalleled flexibility and receiver manufacturers need to know that their products will respond appropriately to the wide variety of services that broadcasters may transmit. This new expanded set of tests for 2022 products will increase confidence from broadcasters to provide more services, from TV set manufacturers to implement more features, and from consumers to look for products with the NEXTGEN TV logo.”

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