Freeview New Zealand has appointed Digital TV Labs to run the Conformance Lab for its new FreeviewPlus HbbTV service.

The Bristol-based firm will use its Ligada iSuite for HbbTV test harness.

FreeviewPlus, which shares many similarities with the UK service with which it shares a name, runs a DVB-T service supplemented by on-demand channels, 8-days forward/8-days catch up TV guide and comprehensive search.

“Ensuring interoperability of smart TVs and set-top-boxes with the new advanced HbbTV services in FreeviewPlus is the foundation of a successful service”, said Freeview New Zealand technical manager Tim Diprose. “Digital TV Labs advanced HbbTV capabilities based on Ligada iSuite helps our manufacturer partners to deliver fully compatible products at minimum cost and time.”

Ligada iSuite for HbbTV is widely used across the world. It provides extended coverage for a number of national operator profiles and now has additional test cases to support the FreeviewPlus requirements. Supporting MPEG-DASH adaptive streaming, Digital Rights Management (DRM) and enhanced automation capability to minimise test times, Ligada iSuite for HbbTV has full coverage of HbbTV v1.1, v1.5 and the HbbTV2.0 features of the UK FreeviewPlay profile.