New DTG standards align with Europe

The Digital TV Group (DTG) has released its new connected TV specification, which the organization says builds on HbbTV to align the UK with pan-European standards.

D-Book 7 Part B (the technical specification for UK connected TV products and services) is now available to both members and non-members of the DTG.
In line with the DTGs commitment to international harmonisation of connected TV standards, D-Book 7 Part B references the latest version of the HbbTV hybrid broadcast broadband TV specification and includes additional features to meet the requirements of UK service providers. The DTG will propose UK requirements to HbbTV for inclusion in HbbTV version 2.

D-Book 7 Part B reflects over three years of critical industry collaboration to meet the UK requirements for connected TV. The publication of Part B not only ensures world leading services for UK consumers but demonstrates our continued commitment to the harmonisation of standards across the European Union and the rest of the world. said DTG director-general, Richard Lindsay-Davies.
Currently only one UK broadcaster, the free-to-air satellite platform Freesat, uses HbbTV. However, broadcasters on the platform continue to use the established MHEG-5.