Digital UK Published Its Technical Specifications
Digital UK has published the technical specifications for Freeview Play, opening the connected TV service to broadcasters, platforms and equipment manufacturers worldwide. Digital UK’s press release can be seen here.
FREEVIEW PLAY SPECIFICATION AVAILABLE TO ALL
Previously available only via formal registration, the document details the technologies required to design and implement Freeview Play TVs and boxes. The publication follows strong interest in the service from both UK manufacturers and international markets since its launch in October 2015.
Digital UK has led development of the new hybrid TV platform, the first to include features recently defined in the HbbTV 2.0 standard1 for internet services and applications – building on the DTG’s industry standard D-Book for broadcasting2.
All Freeview Play products meet existing standards for Freeview HD and include features such as:
- Support for advanced player applications based on HTML 5.0
- A 7-day scroll-back TV guide – with direct access to on-demand content
- Enhanced EPG data to provide additional programme information and images
- Improved interactive services, such BBC Red Button+
- Adaptive bitrate streaming – video quality is optimised for a range of broadband speeds
- Seamless ad insertion – smoother delivery of advertising in on-demand programmingJames Jackson, Technical Director at Digital UK, said: ‘Our decision to openly publish the technical specifications for Freeview Play will make it easier for manufacturers to bring products to market and help broadcasters around the world develop their own enhanced, hybrid TV services.’
Freeview Play is currently available in a range of Panasonic TVs and Panasonic and Humax recorders. LG, Manhattan and multi-brand manufacturer Vestel are also expected to release Freeview Play-enabled products this year, with others to follow.
The Freeview Play specification is available to download at www.digitaluk.co.uk/fvp-spec – ends; notes follow –
- HybridbroadcastbroadbandTV(or“HbbTV”)isaglobalinitiativeaimedatharmonizingthebroadcastand broadbanddeliveryof entertainmentservices toconsumersthroughconnectedTVs,set-topboxes and multiscreen devices. More information at hbbtv.org
- DTG D-Book 7 Part A v4 and D-Book 8. More information on the DTG is available at dtg.org.uk