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7th UHD Plugfest

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:27:28 +0000

From 5th—7th December, Peter Sellar, Associate Director, Broadcast from the DTG attended the 7th UHD Plugfest, which was jointly hosted by the DTG and the Deutsche TV Plattform (DTVP). This popular event took place in Berlin, and was attended by participants from across the media technology industry, from manufacturers and broadcasters to technology suppliers. This allowed participants to test UHD/HDR interoperability, carry out debugging and look at current support for Next Generation Audio (NGA).

The event was a great success and proved invaluable to the participants. The next UHD Plugfest, taking place at the DTG offices in London, is being planned for June 2018.

7th Ultra HD-Plugfest from 5th - 7th December in Berlin

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:20:21 +0000

The 7th joint Plugfest, hosted by Deutsche TV Plattform (DTVP) and DTG Testing, will take place in Berlin at 3IT / Fraunhofer HHI from 5th—7th December 2017. The equipment line-up includes:

  • TV sets,
  • AV receivers,
  • set-top boxes; and
  • PCs.

Topics include:

  • interoperability with respect to HDMI interfaces and copy protection HDCP 2.2,
  • the switching behaviour between high dynamic range (HDR) and SDR; and
  • next generation audio / 3D sound.

The DTVP / DTG Plugfests are very popular industry events, we advise you to register at your earliest convenience. Non-members of DTVP / DTG are welcome and can attend the Plugfest by paying a small attendance fee.

Please register by Friday 17th November 2017 sending the filled in registration form and participant agreement to Stephan Heimbecher, Head of Working Group Ultra HD: .

Download registration form [Word]

Download participant agreement [Word]


Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:30:38 +0000

The DTG’s D-Book 10 is the industry determined, next generation, universally deployed specification which supports future interactive services and enables the continuing transition towards HbbTV.

Where D-Book 9 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 the need for SSU Broadcast updates.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG 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. It stipulates the specifications for every new TV and digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver in the UK and protects both viewer and 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.”

Dr. Klaus Illgner, Chair of the HbbTV Association, said: “The HbbTV association would like to congratulate DTG on the publication of D-Book 10 and its continued support for HbbTV 2.0.1. 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.”

Laurie Patten, Director of Strategy & Ventures – Terrestrial Broadcast Arqiva, commented: “Arqiva welcomes this latest edition of the D-Book which continues to support the ongoing development of the DTT platform and which will help to ensure that it retains its position as the most popular TV viewing platform in the UK, installed in every TV set sold and used by over 19m households.”

Guy North, Managing Director, Freeview said: “The D-Book has been at the heart of Freeview’s success in the UK for many years. All devices conforming to the new edition, and using the Freeview brand, will automatically reassure consumers that they are purchasing a high quality product which will deliver the very best viewing experience.”

Peter Seller, Associate Director, Broadcast at the DTG added: “D-Book 10 covers a range of new topics and continues to support all UK DTT-based platforms including Freeview Play, Freeview HD, YouView, EETV, Now TV and the UK DSAT platform, Freesat, as well as several international adaptations. DTT delivers to the largest viewing audience and remains fundamental to the distribution of content and entertainment.”

“The industry’s not-for-profit test centre, DTG Testing, continues to offer conformance tests and testing services in support of Freeview HD, Freeview Play and HbbTV. D-Book 10 Conformance Tests will be available in April 2018. We will continue our work to ensure European harmonisation wherever possible, while meeting the needs of the dynamic and successful UK TV market.”

Leonardo Chiariglione Award at the 69th Engineering Emmys

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:22:24 +0100

Leonardo Chiariglione is the Italian engineer who has been at the forefront of initiatives shaping media technology, most notably as the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) with Hiroshi Yasuda. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently honoured him with the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, which is 'a special engineering honour to an individual whose contributions over time have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering'.

The Bazalgette Creative Industries Review

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:16:39 +0100


Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said: “We were delighted to be involved with the independent review of the creative industries sector which was led by ITV Chairman Peter Bazalgette. As the UK’s unique cross-industry collaboration centre for innovation in digital TV technology, the DTG is dedicated to supporting the UK broadcast industry and its contribution to the UK economy and works to bring the industry together to protect and maintain the viewer experience.”

The DTG agrees with the Review that the Creative Industries are enablers to other industries and there is a real need to exploit technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, 5G and the other new technologies which will keep innovation strong. The DTG welcomes the focus on the UK’s world-class talent and expertise and emphasises the value of the Film, TV and Radio sector to the UK economy.

Lindsay-Davies continued: “The UK has an extraordinary track record in developing and sustaining a television industry that is both commercially successful and sustained by public service values. Our television industry remains the creative and economic keystone of the UK’s Creative Industries. Economics aside our £1.33bn UK television exports subtly, but effectively, drive home our fundamental values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. We urge government to ensure that the future of UK television is distinctly addressed in the sector deal built on Sir Peter’s review.”

UK HbbTV Plugfest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:40:07 +0100


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

DTG at IBC 2017

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:49:37 +0100


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 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

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:00:21 +0100


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 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

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:17:04 +0000


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 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

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:42:15 +0000

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.”