DTG announces the latest technical specification enhancements for Freeview and Freeview HD—as the digital television industry gathers for their annual Summit on 2 March in London.
29 February 2012, London -- An updated D-Book will be published on 31 March 2012.
New features in the 2012 DTG D-Book include:
? Enhanced EPG with the ability to go both backwards and forwards, allows a viewer to navigate to a programme's webpage or view a trailer for the programme
? Remote Booking (enables viewers to book recordings or set reminders from a website or application)
? Enhancements to the current Broadcast Record Lists feature
? Clearer reference of the ETSI MHEG specification to drive international harmonisation
These enhancements build on the current edition of the D-Book (D-Book 7) published in 2011, which marked a turning point in UK digital terrestrial television with the introduction of an industry-agreed, technical specification for Connected TV products and services.
The DTG's Technology Director and editor of the D-Book, Simon Gauntlett, will discuss the enhancements in detail, as well as the D-Book's adoption of international standards, at the DTG Summit on 2 March.
The DTG's Director General Richard Lindsay-Davies said: "The Digital TV Group has balanced UK business requirements and high consumer expectations with the increasing demands of globalisation and business complexity to deliver another world leading digital television standard for Freeview."
Delivering access services to Connected TVs
The DTG's role as an industry leader in the standardisation of usability and accessibility features in digital television was recognised by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries at an event hosted by BIS and DCMS last week.
To ensure the UK builds on its status as an international leader in the provision of digital television access services, the DTG has established an Accessibility Group to expand on the existing Usability Book (U-Book) by further enhancing the sections on subtitles, audio description and text-to-speech with reference to hybrid broadcast/broadband 'Connected TV.'
Leading international standardisation
The D-Book's adoption of the European ETSI standard for MHEG interactive applications underlines how the Group works with international standards bodies to drive innovation while maximising international standardisation.
The first version of the ETSI standard (ETSI ES 202 184), published in 2004, was based on D-Book 5, with the aim of making the MHEG profile developed by the DTG available to countries outside the UK.
The second version, published in 2011, brings it in line with D-Book 6.2 and introduces a number of technical solutions from other platforms that have adopted MHEG. This makes ES 202 184 the central resource for MHEG implementations around the world.
The new version of the D-Book, references ETSI directly and contains only clarifications and profiles that are specific to the UK's requirements.
In the future the DTG will publish all enhancements to the UK MHEG profile through ETSI to ensure that all international platforms derived from ETSI can benefit from the DTG's technical leadership.
The DTG recognises the importance of emerging technologies such as Second Screen and Home Networking. Development work in these areas will begin in the Spring. The DTG will also focus on future uses of spectrum such as LTE and White Spaces.
The DTG Summit takes place on 2 March 2012 at the Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, London.
More information: www.dtg.org.uk/summit
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Hannah Langston, Press and Communications Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)207 840 6528.
The Digital TV Group (DTG) is the focal point of the UK's digital TV industry. The Group, a not-for-profit membership organisation, brings the industry together to enable the successful delivery and evolution of digital TV and associated technologies.
The DTG publishes and maintains the technical specification for the UK's Freeview and Freeview HD platforms and Connected TV (the D-Book) and runs the digital television industry's test centre: DTG Testing.
To encourage international harmonisation, the DTG is engaged with DECE (Ultraviolet), ETSI, HbbTV and the Open IPTV Forum. The DTG allows Digital Europe to use areas of its copyright under licence.
DTG Testing tests digital TV products applying for the Freeview, Freeview+ and Freeview HD logos against the D-Book standard.
DTG Testing also manages the Engineering Channel for continuous maintenance of the UK's Freeview and Freesat platforms, and maintains a receiver collection for testing new transmission modes and software downloads.
The DTG and DTG Testing supports the development and deployment of next generation technologies such as LTE (4G), TV white spaces, second screen and home networking.