DTG Response to BBC Statement on MHEG

The DTG welcomes yesterday’s statement from the BBC on its ‘innovative plan to move beyond legacy MHEG technology to an industry-wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.1 in time for equipment manufacturers to build it into 2018 product cycles.’

This BBC activity continues the work initiated by the DTG’s MHEG Transition Task Group which identified the opportunities and major risks to be considered as decisions are made on the transition from MHEG to HbbTV-based broadcast interactive services on the UK’s digital terrestrial networks. The Group’s paper ‘Towards a Common European Technical Standard for Interactive Services on Free-To-Air TV Platforms’, the result of concerted industry effort, was published for DTG Members in January 2016.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of The DTG said: “We are actively engaged to set out a plan, working with the BBC, Freeview, DUK and DTG Members to deliver a solution which works for both the industry and consumers with their varied viewing preferences. We are all supportive of a well-managed migration from MHEG to HbbTV and as the only mechanism that has successfully universally deployed, interoperable, interactive television services, the D-Book continues to lead the way forward in helping the industry deliver television to viewers.”

The DTG has a heritage of collaboration and consultation and its activity builds on over twenty one years’ of successfully defining, testing and deploying digital media technologies. The next iteration of the D-Book will be published in October 2016.

DTG Staff  |  24.06.2016

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