The ‘digital tick’, was developed as a certification mark to help consumers through switchover in the United Kingdom.
The logo was designed to identify digital TV products (such as integrated digital TV sets, digital boxes and digital television recorders/DTRs) and digital TV services (such as Freesat, Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media) that will work through digital switchover.
The digital switchover process completed in October 2012, therefore products released after this date do not bear the digital tick logo.
Freeview is the UK’s free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, offering up to 50 TV channels and 24 digital radio stations with no subscription or contract. Freeview is now in over 70% of UK homes. Since the service launched in 2002, the total sales of DTT devices in the UK has reached over 60 million units. Around 98.5% of the UK can receive FreeviewFreeview+ is Freeview’s subscription and contract free digital recorder service. The receiver allows viewers to record a series, record directly from a seven-day TV guide with one button, pause live TV and store hundreds of hours of programmes.
Products made after 31st December 2016 will not be awarded a Freeview SD TML, and consequently cannot use Freeview branding.
01st January 2016: No new Freeview SD branded TV’s over 32”
31st December 2016: No new Freeview SD branded models (TV’s and STB’s)
The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and S4C in Wales broadcast high definition channels on Freeview HD.
Freeview HD is currently available to 98.5% of the UK population. In order to receive Freeview HD, consumers will need to purchase new Freeview HD digital boxes or Freeview+ HD recorders or integrated Freeview HD TVs.
The Freeview and Freeview HD logos are given to products that meet D-Book standard. The D-Book is the technical specification for digital terrestrial television in the UK.
Freesat is the UK's subscription-free satellite TV service offering more than 140 TV, radio and interactive services.
DTG Testing developed and implemented the test and conformance regime for Freesat, building on the experience the Test Centre gained on the Freeview DTT platform. DTG Testing works with manufacturers to ensure their Freesat equipment meets the Freesat and Freesat+ specification. The test centre holds a contract to provide product testing for Freesat and all products have to pass the DTG’s tests before they can use the Freesat, Freesat+ and Freesat HD logos.
DTG Testing has created a set of industry-approved test suites that ensure products meet the performance required to meet the criteria for the Freeview, Freeview+, Freeview HD and Freesat logos.
Manufacturers use reports generated by product conformance testing at the DTG’s Test Centre as evidence to achieve the Freeview, Freeview +, Freeview HD and Freesat logos.
at800 is the brand name of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), the not-for-profit organization that has been formed by, and represents, mobile network operators with spectrum at 800 MHz. Its role is to mitigate the interference caused by the roll-out of 4G mobile broadband to digital terrestrial television (Freeview).
at800 has commissioned DTG Testing to verify that the 4G filters it supplies to UK homes to mitigate any interference meet its specifications. DTG Testing also provides a conformance testing service for manufacturers wishing to supply filters to the retail market. Filters that pass DTG Testing's rigorous testing will be given the rights to use the at800 logo.
Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) is a pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes. DTG Testing tests products against the HbbTV 1.5 and 2.0.1 specifications using the licenced HbbTV test suite. The test centre is the only ISO/IEC 17025 accredited digital TV laboratory to offer HbbTV testing in the UK.
Freeview provides standard and high definition free-to-air digital television and digital radio to New Zealand. Freeview|HD is available to 86% of NZ homes and can be picked up using a UHF aerial connected to a Freeview|HD receiver. Freeview NZ also provides a satellite service available to all NZ homes. DTG Testing currently provides the test and conformance regime for Freeview New Zealand
DTG Testing has extended its international conformance testing portfolio, following approval by the Ghanaian National Communications Authority (NCA) to provide conformance testing for DTT receivers to support their certification logo, the Ghana Digital Thumb. The logo will be used to identify set top boxes and iDTVs that are compliant for digital switchover. Testing will cover DVB-T2 RF and DVB SI/PSI requirements.