Farncombe and Digital TV Labs, which provides specialised receiver conformance products and services, have announced the launch of a TNT 2.0 test suite for manufacturers launching connected TV devices based on the latest version of the European Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV standard, HbbTV 1.5.
One of the foundations of TNT 2.0, France’s next-generation DTT platform, HbbTV is expected to form an integral part of future European integrated digital TV sets. HD Forum, the French industry body responsible for developing TNT 2.0, appointed Farncombe in partnership with DTVL to design the test suite to support the specific features of the TNT 2.0 profile including DASH adaptive streaming (now specified in HbbTV 1.5).
As prime contractor, Farncombe has focused on DRM testing, while Digital TV Labs designed the suite of tools to certify HTTP adaptive streaming based on the recently published MPEG-DASH specification. The TNT 2.0 test suites will also enable the validation of Marlin and Microsoft PlayReady DRMs. Farncombe will offer the DRM test suite alongside its security audits, allowing connected TV manufacturers’ DRM implementations to be reviewed to ensure compliance with robustness obligations and an objective set of minimum security requirements.