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  • The DTG hosting 6th UHD Plugfest in collaboration with the German TV Platform
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    The DTG & the Deutsche TV-Platform Ultra HD Plugfests will provide a controlled environment for the AV industry to check the interoperability of their devices. This helps the industry to improve the QoE for customers. UHD Plugfests have been proving beneficial for the TV industry as they bring internationally renowned AV players together to work on the interoperability of UHD devices (iDTV, STBs, AVRs) with new technologies in the UHD world. The DTG and the German TV platform will be continuing the trend of Plugfest by focussing on HDR and HDMI 2.0a/b, 2.1/HDCP 2.2 interoperability of UHD devices (iDTV, STBs, AVRs), and will also cover SDR/HDR, and HD/UHD format switching as well as Next Generation Audio.

    This Plugfest is open to all DTG, DTVP members and other interested parties. It will run over a period of 2 1/2 days.

    Those who wish to participate with their UHD receivers (TVs, STBs or AVRs), content and test equipment should complete the

    Registration Form by 2nd June 2017 and

    Participant Agreement by 9th June 2017.

    The test plan and full schedule will be circulated following this date. For any further queries or information on the Plugfest, please get in touch with David Daniels

    ddaniels@dtg.org.uk or


    Date: 27th, 28th and 29th June 2017

    Venue: The DTG, 5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, UK

    Who: Free for all DTG & DTVP. Non-members may participate or attend by paying to register for the event. Please email


    for more details.

  • The DTG’s response to the Government’s Industry Strategy

    The DTG was delighted to note the Prime Minister’s comment that the Government’s Industrial Strategy offers ‘…the change to build that stronger, fairer Britain that stands tall in the world and is set up to succeed in the long-term.’

    This resonates with our belief that Innovation moves cyclically between global regions. Many of our US and European digital, creative and television partners are currently looking to the UK to innovate and lead. This offers a great opportunity for the UK to drive best practice in both technology and commercial business models. Together we can develop the necessary talent to overcome skills shortages, while delivering an unrivalled viewer experience.

    Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said: “We welcome the Government’s Industrial Strategy initiative and look forward to working with Sir Peter Bazalgette who is focused on ‘the Creative Industries’. Peter’s unrivalled heritage in television gives him a unique understanding of the issues our industry faces.”

  • Get Ready... for RED
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    On the 13th June 2017, the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) comes into play across the UK and Europe. This new Directive will have implications for manufacturers and retailers/distributors of TV and radio equipment as well as related products such as active antennas and amplifiers.

    “Radio equipment shall be so constructed that it both effectively uses and supports the efficient use of radio spectrum to avoid harmful interference.” Article 3.2 RED.

    The main difference between RED and R&TTE-D is that under the Directive all products which receive and emit radio waves must now demonstrate compliance to the RED from 13 June 2017:

    - Broadcast receivers e.g. TV receivers, DAB/DAB+/DRM/FM/AM radios;

    - Amplifiers such as loft and masthead amplifiers for distribution of TV signals; and

    - Active antennas such as indoor antenna for TV reception that contain amplifiers.

    - Satellite reception equipment e.g. set top boxes.

    To discuss your test requirements please contact

    abuchan@dtg.org.uk or call 0207 840 6513

  • Virtual Reality Industry Forum Founded
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    After two years of work and co-ordination by the DTG, the Virtual Reality Industry Forum (VRIF) has now been officially formed as a not-for-profit company with the aim “to further the widespread availability of high quality audiovisual VR experiences, for the benefit of consumers.”

    David Daniels, Project Director for Advanced AV at the DTG said: "Over two years ago we gathered together senior stakeholders and led industry discussions by calling for a VR Forum. As a result of our initiative the DTG is delighted to be a Charter Member of the VR Industry Forum. We will continue to drive collaboration and debate to ensure the VR Industry Forum delivers first class VR entertainment experiences both in the UK and around the globe.”

    Chris Johns, Chief Engineer, Broadcast Strategy at Sky and the DTG's CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies were elected to co-chair the VR Forum's Production Working Group at the Group's inaugural meeting which took place at CES 2017.

  • DTG Statement on today's Ofcom Report 'Connected Nations 2016’

    The DTG welcomes today’s Connected Nations 2016 report from Ofcom which confirms that more people are, or can be, connected to the communications they need.

    Ofcom reports that the way that television services are delivered and consumed continues to evolved and the devices and services that viewers use are seamlessly blending content from traditional broadcast networks and the internet. Ultra High Definition (UHD) services are beginning to emerge and Ofcom notes three key themes: Linear TV consumption still remains dominant; There has been a significant increase in both the number and sophistication of hybrid platforms; Ultra High Definition (UHD) television has arrived.

    Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG, said: “We welcome today’s report from Ofcom and its references to the DTG’s D-Book, which by defining the core requirements for every TV set sold in the UK underpins innovation in television. HD has been in the D-Book since 2009 and while the DTG is very supportive of the number of services already available to viewers we agree that more needs to be done to encourage the take up of HD services.“

    “It is clear that UK TV innovation is in rude health. Our UK UHD Forum continues to drive advances in TV, with a unique membership ranging from Hollywood Studios and broadcasters, internet TV service providers and platforms, to consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers. Our proven Industry Innovation Pipeline has delivered UK world firsts which include broadcast, interactive TV, widescreen and HD, and is now building momentum in the new era of innovation in both broadcast and broadband delivered television.”

    “The future of traditional broadcast can only be strengthened by the introduction of more hybrid services which we support with our latest D-Book 9 which introduces HbbTV specifications. With the exception of satellite distribution, OTT remains one of the main ways of viewing UHD content and the DTG supports the increased roll out of Superfast Broadband.”

  • Focus on Ultra HD and HDR: German TV-Platform and the DTG operate largest Plugfest to date

    • 3-day event at Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut in Berlin from 6—8 December 2016

    • 60+ participants from 29 companies, 22 UHD devices tested: Displays, Receivers, AV Receivers, UHD Blu-ray Players

    • Focus on interoperability (HDMI/HDCP) and HDR: PQ, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)

    • First European Ultra HD HDR Broadcasts based on HLG likely during 2017

    German TV-Platform and the DTG’s (Digital Television Group) UHD Forum held the largest joint Plugfest to date from 6—8 December 2016 at the Fraunhofer-Heinrich-Hertz Institute. A record number of 29 companies sent their engineers and developers to Berlin, including leading manufacturers of TV sets, set-top boxes, AV receivers and UHD Blu-ray players, as well as technology companies, infrastructure operators, research institutions, broadcasters and content providers. Within three days, some 250 test runs were conducted with 22 devices, focusing on interoperability (HDMI/HDCP) and High Dynamic Range (HDR).

    “Considering the ever-growing number of Ultra HD devices and the very recent decisions regarding HDR standards, both interoperability and HDR capabilities – for both PQ and HLG – are on a very good level,” said Stephan Heimbecher (Sky), board member of the German TV Platform and head of its Ultra HD Working group. “However, Ultra HD will continue to be a challenging topic for the industry, as specifications in the field of Ultra HD and HDR are constantly evolving.”

    HDR is considered to be a cornerstone for the development of Ultra HD and is expected to drive its breakthrough into the mass market. “With PQ and HLG now specified for HDR in production and programme exchange by the International Telecommunication Union in BT.2100, the door is open for European broadcasters to start Ultra HD services with HDR in 2017,” continued Heimbecher. “The results of the Plugfest are indicating that manufacturers will very likely support both HDR standards, PQ and HLG.” Until now, Ultra HD HDR content is only available on certain Ultra HD Blu-rays and streaming services.

    “It is very important that various procedures and specifications are tested in practice whilst new products are being developed, which is why events like this are so valuable for manufacturers, content providers and broadcasters. Plugfests are the best possible away to ensure compelling picture and sound experiences for their customers and viewers,” said David Daniels, Project Director, Advanced AV at the DTG. “This was our third international collaboration with the German TV-Platform, and the growing number of Plugfest participants since 2014 clearly shows that our initiative is considered invaluable by the entire industry. With the recent inclusion of HDR for HbbTV in our latest D-Book, we’re sure that the fourth will prove just as exciting.”

    The Ultra HD Plugfests by German TV-Platform and DTG have provided a neutral platform for the members of both organisations as well as for interested companies and institutions, since 2014. The fourth joint Ultra HD Plugfest will take place mid 2017 at the DTG’s headquarters in central London.


    DTG Testing, the industry’s not-for-profit test centre, is now a one-stop-shop for Freeview Play Conformance. Any combination of the following elements is now available:

    • Freeview HD/D-Book 9 Compliance Testing

    • Metadata Delivery & Presentation Testing

    • Platform Technology Testing*

    • Freeview Play Content Provider Player Testing+

    *HbbTV testing is also available.

    +includes conformance for ITV Hub, All4, Demand5, STV and UKTV, with BBC iPlayer pre-conformance

    Ranjeet Kaur, Head of DTG Testing said: “Working closely with Freeview product developers every day, we fully understand the value of offering a complete menu of services from a single and simple one-stop-shop. Our new Freeview Play conformance offering means that manufacturers can simply pick and choose what they want to ensure a timely and cost-effective launch.”

    “Smart manufacturers understand that their investment in prelaunch independent testing pays dividends over a product’s life by minimising costly in-market support and product returns, not to mention helping to ensure a product that will delight retailers and customers. 2015-2016 industry statistics show that no products passed standard conformance tests on the first test cycle – with 43% of products passing after the second cycle, and all others requiring between 3 and 6 test cycles. We believe our offering saves time and provides real value to the industry.”

    Alex Russell, Head of Conformance at Digital UK, said: “With more and more manufacturers adopting Freeview Play it has already become the most widely supported catch-up service in the UK. We’re delighted that the DTG now offers additional testing to make it easier for companies to bring compliant products to market and provide viewers with an even greater choice.”

    Graham North, Vice President Sales, Humax Electronics Co, Ltd commented: “Humax has a successful retail business within the UK and is brand leader in the digital TV recorder market. Delivering Freeview, Freesat and YouView products, it is essential that we are able to test and comply with platform requirements. DTG Testing has a comprehensive independent test facility, which offers us the ability to fully test our platform compliance and also interoperability with other products.”

    Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG added: “DTG Testing is the UK digital TV industry’s own test house. Set up by manufacturers for manufacturers with Government support over 16 years ago DTG Testing occupies a unique position at the heart of our industry. Astute retailers use independent third party test reports to provide the confidence to range products and ensure customer satisfaction. Continuing to offer conformance tests and testing services in support of Freeview Play by our team of testing experts ensures we continue to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving and highly successful UK TV market.”

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