DTG underpins Freeview Play with D-Book 8

The DTG has given the UK digital terrestrial TV industry the tools to support Freeview Play and manage the Ofcom-announced 700MHz clearance with the launch of D-Book 8.

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.

At almost 152,000 words and covering more than 500 pages, D-Book 8 represents thousands of man-hours of work by more than 50 contributors from across the industry, for this annual update alone. It is only available to DTG members.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, chief executive of the DTG, said: “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.

”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.”

Jonathan Thompson, chief executive of Digital UK, said: “The DTG’s development of the D-Book has been essential to the success of the digital terrestrial television in the UK. As DTT evolves for the connected age and prepares for an era of increased spectrum sharing, this latest edition will ensure consumers choosing Freeview get the best possible viewing experience.”

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