Advanced Television

D-Book EPG enhancements

April 2, 2012

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry association for digital television in the UK, has published an updated version of the seventh edition of the D-Book, the technical specification for Freeview HD and Connected TV products and services, to its members.

New features in Part A (the Freeview HD specification) of the 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
  • Broadcast Record Lists enhancements
  • 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.

Commenting on the enhanced features of D-Book 7, DTG 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.”


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