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About the DTG

At the DTG, the best of industry has been collaborating for over twenty years to advance UK Digital TV. That’s included driving the digital TV switchover, making interactive TV happen, rolling out on-demand TV, and introducing HDTV and UHD TV. And we continue to work towards the future of television in the UK, across all devices.

Where TV has been transformed by innovation   

The DTG is the UK’s unique, self-funding centre for innovation in digital media technology. Since 1995, it has been central to the distribution of TV in the UK – digital TV, interactive TV, the digital TV switchover, on-demand TV, HDTV and UHD TV. The DTG underpins the free-to-air platforms Freeview, Freesat and YouView, and supports the development of pay-TV and other platforms.

We’re now working towards the future of television – embracing the convergence of content and networks to efficiently deliver video to all screens, in all formats.

Where the important players in UK digital TV work together

Our members tell us that the thing they value most about the Digital TV Group is the unique opportunity it gives them to collaborate with their wider industry network. At our roundtables and working groups, members from all the key sectors in digital media technology work closely with our technical experts. We also host regular plugfests for testing and an annual summit that celebrates landmarks in progress and looks ahead at what’s next.

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Where standards are set

The DTG isn’t just a centre of innovation for UK digital TV. DTG Testing is a vital resource for the TV and IP industries and a trusted partner to the regulators. The team works daily to maintain standards across digital TV platforms so retailers and broadcasters know they are working with certified manufacturers and devices they can trust.

Each year our technical experts produce real-world test reports, white papers, best practice guidelines and the d-Book, the definitive list of specifications for UK digital TV. The Zoo at DTG Testing is the UK’s only comprehensive testing and accreditation centre for digital TV devices and services.

All year our members work incredibly hard to develop standards to move the industry forward

Dr David Docherty OBE, Chair of the DTG
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Timeline Achievements & Influence


DTG Founded


DTG publishes first edition of UK technical specification for DTT (The D-Book)


Digital Terrestrial TV & Widescreen TV became available in the UK


Pay TV operators join the DTG


Red Button TV (BBC Text)


DTG Testing opens


Freeview launched


D-Book 4 is published


Sky Go & BBC iPlayer launch


Freesat launch


D-Book 5 is published


D-Book 6 (HD) is published


Launch of Freeview HD & 3DTV


D-Book 7 (HbbTV hybrids) is published


Completion of the Digital Switchover & Launch of Youview


Launch of Smart TV's


D-Book 8 (Freeview Play) is published & Launch of VR


Launch of UHD Services (2160p50) & Freeview Play

Who we are DTG Council


Dr David Docherty OBE


Sir David Scott CBE

Strategy Director Television and Radio

Laurie Patten

Controller, Distribution Operations

Stephen Bally

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Lindsay-Davies

Chief IPTV Architect

Simon Jones

Chief Technology Officer

Orpheus Warr

Head of Broadcast Operations

Dominic Selby

Sales Director

Rob Peacock

EMEA Strategic Relations Manager – Broadcast & Media

Andy Thoms

Managing Director

Guy North

Chief Technology Officer

Matthew Huntington

Director of Imaging Standards and Technology

Simon Gauntlett

Chief Executive

Jonathan Thompson

Chair, Technical Oversight Group

Ian Medland

Financial Director

Fiona Headon

Chief Technology Officer

Mark Smith

Director EU Innovation R&D

Stuart Savage

Senior Manager, IPTV & DTV Solution Centre

Mark Vasey

Director of Media Operations

Brian Farrelly

Head of Content Protection

Kieron Edwards

General Manager – Technical Planning

David Williams

Managing Director

David Cutts

Director Digital Entertainment Product Development

Louise Fussell

Chief Executive

Olivier Herson

Head of Corporate and Business Development

David Faulkner