BBC backs industry-wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.1

The BBC has announced plans to move “beyond legacy MHEG technology” to industry-wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.1. The UK public broadcaster said it plans to adopt HbbTV 2.0.1 in time for equipment manufacturers to build HbbTV into 2018 product cycles and will remove the MHEG requirement from the ‘BBC Interactive HTML application’ specification. It also […]

HbbTV 2.0 updated for UK and Italy

The HbbTV Association has updated the HbbTV 2.0 specification, paving the way for “the broad adoption” of the standard in the UK and Italian markets. HbbTV 2.0.1 adds a small number of features designed to let HbbTV technology replace MHEG and MHP in the UK and Italy respectively, and was written in close collaboration with […]

DTG teams up with DTVP for second UHD ‘plugfest’

UK digital TV technology association the Digital Television Group (DTG) has teamed up with German equivalent the Deutsche TV Plattforme (DTVP) to organise a second joint ‘plugfest’ interoperability event, to be held at the DTG’s HQ in London on April 12-13. The event will focus on the testing of the interoperability of various devices such […]

DTG calls on BBC to champion tech innovations

The UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has called for the BBC to champion innovation and open standards in digital and wireless communication technology. In its response to the UK government’s consultation on the BBC’s Charter Review, the DTG said that it believes the BBC should play a leading role in the UK and in global […]

DTG publishes new installers’ guide

UK digital TV standards group the Digital Television Group (DTG) has published a new set of guidelines for Freeview and YouView aerial system installers at the request of Ofcom and the Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI). The new guidelines, collected together in the DTG’s R-Book 6, includes advice on issues related to DVB-T2, the standard […]

TV industry needs to agree ‘UHD recipe’, says DTG

The television industry still needs to agree upon a “recipe” for Ultra High Definition, amid consumer confusion and no clearly defined device capabilities, according to DTG chief technology officer Simon Gauntlett.  Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation in London yesterday, Gauntlett highlighted a number of  “ingredients” that can contribute to a Ultra […]

Changing viewer habits ‘key trend’ in PSB review, says Ofcom CTO

The change in viewing behaviour is “the key trend we’re looking at in our review of public service broadcasting,” according to Ofcom’s chief technology officer Steve Unger. Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation in London this morning, Unger described a “structural shift” in linear and on-demand viewing as young people increasingly turn […]

DTG adds Freeview Play support with D-Book 8 release

UK TV technical standards body the DTG has introduced support for the forthcoming Freeview Play connected TV service in the latest edition of the D-Book, the official document for digital-terrestrial TV technology guidelines in the UK.  D-Book 8 includes a set of technology foundations for the new service, according to the DTG. Freeview Play is […]

DTG warns against ‘over-promising’ on 4K

The UK’s Digital TV Group (DTG) has warned against “over-promising on the 4K experience” claiming that exaggerating the quality of picture early on could damage consumer confidence.  The DTT TV technology body raised the concerns after the Advertising Standards Authority warned DSG Retail – the parent firm of Currys and PC World – that it should […]

Ultra HD technology alignment now close to “tipping point” for services

The Ultra HD display market is now approaching a “tipping point” when standards will be fully supported and consumer services will be deployed, but a number of interoperability issues and universal support for accepted standards are still work in progress, according to Richard Lindsay-Davies. The CEO of the UK industry body the Digital Television Group […]