Open IPTV Forum commissions test suite from Digital TV Labs

Editor | 06-12-2012

Even as it makes strides to develop and test technology based on the HbbTV interactive standard, Digital TV Labs has won a similar commission to enable the certification of OIPF-conformant IPTV, OTT and hybrid devices.

Specifically, the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) has engaged Digital TV Labs to develop a test suite and associated test harness in a bid to assist its work in enabling and accelerating the creation of a mass market for IPTV by defining and publishing free-of-charge standards-based specifications for end-to-end IPTV services of the future.

Crucially, the work will involve both managed IPTV systems and over-the-top (OTT) services.
The test suite is being developed using the Digital TV Labs Ligada HbbTV test product and results are slated to be included in the first release of the OIPF Test Suite expected to be available early in 2013. This is set to coincide with the second release of the HbbTV Test Suite expected in the second half of 2013. The OIPF test suite will be operated by an OIPF test harness based on an upgraded Ligada iSuite providing a common, automated test tool for both HbbTV and OIPF testing and conformance.

Explaining the rationale for the test, Dr Nilo Mitra, OIPF president, said: "Interoperability for connected TVs will deliver significant cost savings to the whole IPTV Industry, as well as usability benefits for the end consumer."

Added Keith Potter, Digital TV Labs CEO: "We believe that this is an important initiative by the OIPF, benefiting from the cooperation with the HbbTV Consortium, as there are many technology crossover points MPEG-DASH being a prime example and this will allow test material to be created far earlier than without the cooperation."