UK TV group DTG has launched D-Book 8, in order to give the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance.
Freeview Play is based on the global HbbTV 2.0 (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) specification for connected TV services, which itself uses a specifications developed for the D-Book 7 Part B published in 2012.
The 2015 revision of the D-Book also includes support for potential future HEVC broadcasts, a new method to deliver software updates via broadband, smart retuning, and hundreds of minor updates to maintain the interoperability requirements of the DTT platforms.
“The D-Book 8 is a milestone for digital terrestrial TV in the UK, laying the groundwork for a new generation of connected TVs and set-top boxes,” says Richard Lindsay-Davies, chief executive of the DTG. “I’d like to thank the industry for its continued hard work on standards which will maintain the relevance of digital terrestrial TV to consumers through a changing spectrum environment and its evolution into a hybrid platform.”
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