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  • UK HbbTV Plugfest
    HbbTV Plugfest

    The second UK Interoperability Plugfest, held by DTG Testing on behalf of DUK, will take place at the DTG offices in London 20th—21st September 2017. This Plugfest will be an opportunity to further validate devices and applications updated since they were first seen at the previous event in June this year.

    This Plugfest will focus on applications from broadcasters, specifically for the purpose of testing functionality expected to be required for the UK, including service launch.

    The event is fully booked and will include representatives from a number of major manufacturers and application providers. We are considering the opportunities for a future event in 2018. If you are interested in receiving information when this happens, please contact

    customerservices@dtg.org.uk.



  • DTG at IBC 2017
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    This will be the DTG's 21st year at IBC, and our experts will be meeting our Members and discussing our current and future programmes of work. We're keen to see as many of you as we can so do get in touch with pr@dtg.org.uk to set up a meeting.

    Our CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies will be participating in an IBC Panel on Saturday 16th September (11:20—12:05 E102) which will discuss 'Broadcast is About to be Transformed'. Chaired by Chris Lawrence, Head of UK Media Consulting at Cognizant, Richard's fellow panellists include: Liz Ross, CEO Freeview Australia; Raymond Lamphen, General Manager & Vice President, DMC; and Justin Gupta, Head of UK Broadcast & Entertainment, Google. The Panel will debate the disruption that broadcast currently faces including IP-only delivery, on demand consumption and personalised user experience. For more details, please visit the IBC website.

    Enjoy the 50th IBC.



  • IFA 2017
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    IFA 2017 takes place from 1st—6th September in Berlin. Traditionally a white goods and home appliances show, IFA has expanded over the years to cover the full breadth of consumer technology.

    The show offers a good overview of the international market and attracts trade visitors from over 100 countries, and is known as the main meeting place for key retailers, buyers, and experts from the industry and the consumer electronics media.

    In addition to the main show, IFA Global Markets is being held from 3rd—6th September. IFA Global Markets is described as IFA’s international trading platform for original equipment manufacturers (OEM), original design manufacturers (ODM), suppliers, component manufacturers and yet-to-be-discovered brands from all over the world.

    Book your tickets for the show here.

    The DTG team will be at the show on 4th and 5th September. Contact pr@dtg.org.uk to set up a meeting with us or to learn more about the DTG Zoo, our Plugfests, compliance with RED and the DAB Tick Mark.



  • The DTG hosting 6th UHD Plugfest in collaboration with the German TV Platform
    Plugfest 2016

    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

    Stephan.Heimbecher@sky.de.

    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

    ddaniels@dtg.org.uk

    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) came 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.



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