The collaboration centre for innovation in the UK digital TV marketplace, the DTG, has published D-Book 10, its industry determined, next generation, universally deployed specification which supports future interactive services and enables the continuing transition towards HbbTV.
The D-Book stipulates the specifications for every new TV and digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver in the UK and protects both viewer and industry. Where its previous version introduced HbbTV references for Freeview Play at the MHEG to HbbTV transition which included the introduction of support for HEVC and HDR for IP delivered services, D-Book 10 continues to support the development of HD products and services with the introduction of Single Frequency Network (SFN) support for the migration of COM 7&8 T2 multiplexes into the 700 MHz band. An IP Software Upgrade Option has been included in response to the requirements of manufacturers handling software upgrades to today’s complex TVs, avoiding, said the organisation, the need for SSU Broadcast updates.
Commenting on the publication, DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies said: “The DTG team thanks all of our members whose hard work has contributed to D-Book 10. Open, democratic and supportive of public policy, the DTG’s D-Book is continually updated and peer-reviewed by industry experts, to help drive the UK TV market towards innovation and deliver real economic value in our industry. We’ve been driving industry collaboration for more than twenty years and I’d like to thank the industry for its continued support and commitment to ensuring innovation and development which delivers a great experience for consumers.”
Added Klaus Illgner, chair of the HbbTV Association: “We believe the planned development of a code of practice for the implementation of interactive services will greatly benefit the quality of HbbTV services in the UK and beyond.”