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New DTG specs build path to UHD support and HbbTV transition

The DTG has published its latest edition of the specifications that underpin many of the UK's digital television services, defining two options for UHD TV, plus more support for Connected TV services.

It's D-Book 9 is an industry determined, next generation, universally deployed specification which supports future interactive services and enables the transition towards HbbTV.  It supports platforms based on the UK's digital terrestrial TV service, Freeview, as well as Freesat and used by broadcasters and manufacturers to ensure their services and products meet certain standards. Consumers who buy products with the Freeview logo are buying products that confirm to D-Book specifications.

Announcing some of the new additions to the latest D-Book, Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said:
“Our D-Book offers a common approach to connected TV. D-Book 9 supports Freeview Play, including catch up services, and also builds a path to Ultra HD by defining two options to deliver an HDR experience to consumers on their receivers – HLG and PQ10.”
“The DTG’s D-Book defines the requirements for every new TV and digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver in the UK. Compliance with this technical specification protects both the industry and consumers, and is a prerequisite of Freeview Trademark Licences. We’ve been building industry collaboration for over twenty years and I’d like to thank the industry for its continued support on the standards which ensure that we can all innovate to deliver a great experience for consumers.”

Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive of Digital UK, said: 
"The DTG’s D-Book has been vital to the success of digital terrestrial TV in the UK. The inclusion of HbbTV in this latest edition will allow us to streamline the specification for Freeview Play going forward and drive future innovation on the platform."

Pete Sellar, Associate Director, Broadcast, at the DTG said:
 “This year’s new developments ensure that the D-Book continues to support Digital UK and 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.”

D-Book 9 also introduces recommended guidelines for products delivering free-to-air DTT content within the home network.