DTG welcomes Freeview Play connected TV brand update

The DTG is delighted to welcome the Freeview Play brand as it prepares to become a fully connected TV platform.

Freeview’s new look comes ahead of a busy year which will see the publication of the new DTG D-Book 8 core specification for digital terrestrial TV this spring.

Freeview Play will combine catch-up TV (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD), on demand and live television. – all in one place on the TV set. Viewers will be able to search for programmes by either using the scroll back function in the TV guide or the apps page.

The D-Book8 DTT Interoperability specification will lay the technical bedrock for a robust hybrid service as it evolves beyond traditional broadcast TV.

Digital UK and DTG Testing have already signed an agreement to develop a test suite for Freeview Play, which DTG Testing is now building with leading CE manufacturers.

DTG Council, which includes both Freeview and Digital UK along with all their shareholders, has recently approved the UK DTT Interoperability Manual, which gives manufacturers clear guidance on how to develop and test reliable products for the DTT platform.

The ongoing cooperation between Freeview, the DTG and Digital UK builds on the success and experience of Freeview HD, developing the technical framework and managing conformance of products entering the retail market, which has seen it become the UK’s most-watched high definition TV platform.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, DTG chief executive officer, said: “The DTG is excited to see Freeview’s new look, embracing its future as a connected TV platform.

“While broadcast continues to be the preferred viewing experience for most people, the continuing innovations being delivered by Freeview, the DTG and Digital UK ensure that retailers and consumers can have the confidence that they will find reliable next generation products in the marketplace.”

DTG Staff  |  12.02.2015

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