The DTG, the industry association for digital TV in the UK has confirmed that the test and conformance regime for the Freeview HD and Freeview+ HD service is to launch on schedule in September 2009 with product testing commencing in October.
"Testing against Freeview HD brand requirements will mark a step change in market compliance. The DTG can now utilise eight years of test suite development as a foundation to ensure that Freeview HD receivers will meet levels of compliance, only achieved previously on vertical or lower volume proprietary standard platforms," said DTG Director General, Richard Lindsay-Davies. "This world first will deliver the best of both worlds, the high volumes of an open standard, horizontal market, but with the compliance levels of a vertical or lower volume platform."
Freeview HD Test Suites, which include MHEG-5 with HD and IC extensions, Freeview HD SI and Freeview HD Linear Services are now available from the DTG's test and conformance centre.