10.40 Europe/London, August 10, 2011 By Robert Briel

UK-based Digital TV Labs has announced that it has developed and shipped the first commercially available receiver test suite for digital terrestrial deployments of the ISDB-T standard, beginning with test services for South America.

The company’s new ISDB-T Evora iSuite can directly test against the Brazilian receiver specification, providing manufacturers with a fast and technologically secure route to market.

In addition, Digital TV Labs said it has spent considerable time and effort working across South America, analysing the ISDB-T broadcasts across 30 cities. The company then incorporated the specification and regional variations into the Evora test suite, thus ensuring receiver interoperability in real broadcast environments. With hundreds of RF captures collected from a wide variety of locations, and in addition to its Brazilian receiver conformance tests, Digital TV Labs is now able to offer comprehensive receiver RF test suites and testing services for Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Keith Potter, CEO, Digital TV Labs, explained in a statement, “We responded to a strong market demand for ISDB-T Evora iSuite as there’s currently no other commercially available ISDB-T receiver test suite in the market. Our research has shown that South America is a similarly complex broadcasting environment to Europe, with a common base standard yet a wide range of specific profiles. By working with us, manufacturers can avoid unnecessary complications as they enter these markets.”