Device Authentication System (DAS)
What is the Device Authentication System (DAS)?
DTG Testing’s Device Authentication System (DAS) provides a simple, cost-effective and industry-approved mechanism for manufacturers to offer catch-up TV players such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD on their Freeview HD products.
DAS enables Freeview HD set-top boxes, digital televisions and digital recorders to identify themselves for internet-based catch-up TV services. It satisfies the requirements of content owners by verifying that relevant content is only released to a receiver with access to a UK broadcast signal.
Delivering catch-up TV to Freeview HD receivers
DTG Testing’s parent company, the Digital TV Group (DTG), works with its membership of over 150 broadcasters, manufacturers and technology providers to publish and maintain the D-Book, the detailed technical specification for UK digital terrestrial television (Freeview).The sixth edition of the D-Book enabled the launch of free-to-air high definition channels using the DVB-T2 standard (Freeview HD).
The D-Book also specifies an MHEG interaction channel capable of delivering catch-up TV to Freeview HD via a broadband return path. The seventh edition of the D-Book provides the specification for hybrid broadcast broadband ‘Connected TV’ products and services.
Although DTG Testing’s DAS has been designed to work with the MHEG interaction channel specified in D-Book 7 it is not specific to MHEG and will be able to provide device authentication for other technologies such as Connected TV.
Why use DTG Testing’s DAS?
DTG Testing’s DAS system was established following requests to create a single, centralised authentication system to enable manufacturers to offer BBC iPlayer and other catch-up TV players on Freeview HD devices.
By establishing the DAS, DTG Testing can offer an ‘off the shelf’ device authentication system for any catch-up TV player, meaning that manufacturers do not have to develop their own solutions and negotiate individual DAS agreements with service providers.
The DAS service pools the cost of developing and implementing the service between all manufacturers using the service, significantly lowering the price of developing and implementing an authentication system.
The DTG Testing DAS for the BBC iPlayer costs £2,500 per year for members of the DTG Testing Engineering Channel and £7,500 for non-members.
There is a one off set-up fee of £5,000 for both groups.
To purchase the DAS for BBC iPlayer or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org