The Zoo: introducing some of our UHD TVs

Our Zoo, a ready-to-use collection of TVs and set-top boxes, features over 190 HD and 4K TVs. Of these, we have a number of UHD models. Check out a few of them and some of their features below:

 

LG OLED55C9PLA

LG’s OLED55C9PLA is the updated 2019 release of their OLED55C8PLA (which features later in this list). It picked up a reddot award last year and was also recognised by Tech Radar as one of their ‘Best in Class’.

  • 4K Cinema HDR
  • HDR10 Pro compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • Supports Dolby Atmos
  • Clear Voice III
  • LG ThinQ AI
  • Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible

 

Hisense H43B7100

The H43B7100 model from Hisense joined the UHD scene early last year. Its features include:

  • 4K HDR UHD
  • HDR 10 compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • DTS Studio Sound
  • Freeview Play

 

 

Loewe Bild 3.43DR+

 

Loewe’s 3,43DR+ was released in 2017. What does it feature?

  • 4K UHD
  • HDR 10 compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • LCD screen

 

 

 

Philips 43PUS6504/12

Launched in 2019, Philips’ 43PUS6504/12 features a slim and modern design. Find out a bit more below:

  • 4K UHD LED
  • HDR10+ compatible
  • HDR10 compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • Supports Dolby Vision

 

LG 55SK8100PLA

Another entry from LG now – the 55SK8100PLA. Hailing from 2018, this model features an Alpha 7 Enhanced Picture Processor and what else?

  • 4K Cinema HDR
  • HDR10 Pro compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  • Supports Dolby Vision
  • LG ThinQ AI
  • Supports Google Assistant, Google Home and Amazon Alexa

 

Panasonic TX40GX700B

Panasonic launched the TX40GX700B last year. It’s one of the smaller UHD receivers in the Zoo.

  •  4K UHD/HDR Bright Panel
  • HDR10+ compatible
  • HDR10 compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • A+ Energy Efficiency

 

TCL 43EP648

The TCL 43EP648 features an ultra-thin body and frame. What else goes into this receiver?

  • 4K UHD
  • HDR compatible
  • HDR PRO compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • Dolby AC4
  • Freeview HD

Philips 43PUS7304

Philips’ 43PUS7304 is an Android TV which boasts Philips’ P5 Perfect Picture Engine. What else props this model up?

  • 4K UHD LED
  • Ambilight
  • HDR 10+ compatible
  • HLG compatible
  • Supports Dolby Vision
  • Micro Dimming Pro

 

 

Samsung UE55KS9090

 

The Samsung UE55KS9090 is a curved affair so it’s a model that is easily noticeable in in the Zoo. Its features include:

  • 4K UHD
  • Supports HDR 1000
  • Super Ultra HD
  • Supports Ultra HD Premium
  • Supports Dolby Digital Plus

 

LG OLED55C8PLA

 

LG’s OLED55C8PLA arrived on the market in 2018 featuring a sleek aesthetic that undeniably catches your eye. Note: this also featured on our latest additions list – take a look here.

  • 4K Cinema HDR
  • Supports Advanced HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG
  • HbbTV-enabled
  • Supports Dolby Atmos
  • LG ThinQ AI
  • Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible
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Verimatrix, Broadcom support rapid Android TV deployment

Verimatrix has announced a new collaboration to streamline Android STB deployments by pre-integrating components of its Video Content Authority System (VCAS) with Broadcom’s Android TV platform.

Designed to meet specific conditional access requirements set forth by Google, the pre-integrated solution uses the standard Android TV MediaCas framework API to effectively secure Android TV platforms and radically reduce integration complexity for STB manufacturers. The solution further reduces time-to-market for existing Verimatrix customers wanting to deploy Android TV services because their existing security client is readily compatible with Broadcom’s Android TV SDK via MediaCas plugin.

Commenting on the development, Verimatrix COO Asaf Ashkenazi said: “What is unique about our collaboration is that it enables both a rapid and secure deployment of premium video services via Android TV – we are proud to be the first security vendor to enable Broadcom to offer this for 4K/UHD content.

“Any STB vendor or video service provider that selects our pre-integrated solution can rest assured that the process of deploying Android TV, as well as managing future upgrades, will be as hassle-free as possible with minimal time and effort required.”

Verimatrix and Broadcom have for several years worked together to deliver systems that meet 4K/UHD security requirements. Because the pre-integrated Verimatrix client has previously received Ultra Security certification, customers can rest assured they are in full compliance with the 4K/UHD content guidelines set by MovieLabs’ Specifications for Enhanced Content Protection.

Article originally published by Broadband TV News.

DTG approach to COVID-19

Dear Members, Partners and Customers,

Together, as we face a truly unprecedented situation affecting all our families, communities and businesses, I wanted to update you on how we are approaching the situation at the DTG.

Firstly, our hearts go out to all those impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our Council and Board cannot over-stress that the well-being of our industry and team remain our priority.

Secondly, putting viewers front and centre, we will do all we can to support our members as they work tirelessly to ensure the ongoing resilience of television; it continues to play an important role at the very heart of society.

Finally, we are working hard with individuals across the industry to minimise the business impact, not least at a time of restricted international travel, embracing virtual working and, where safe and practical, on site at DTG Testing.

In summary, the following measures and working practices are in place:

  • Meetings: Virtual (Teams or GoToMeeting)
  • Events: Virtual or Postponed
  • Testing and Development: Working virtually and onsite as required (subject to Government advice, safe travel arrangements and adequate social distancing)

We continue to monitor the situation and do all we can to operate our business as usual. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the team with any questions.

Best regards,

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO

DTG Summit POSTPONED – A message from DTG, CEO, Richard Lindsay-Davies

Dear Members, Partners and Customers,

We are writing to inform you that Future Vision, DTG Summit 2020, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday 6th  May 2020 in London, has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the rapidly evolving situation related to the coronavirus (Covid-19).  

The event will now be taking place on  Monday 5th October 2020 . All arrangements and tickets being transferred to the new date. 

We have not taken this decision lightly and the well-being of our members, clients, partners and staff is paramount, this together with corporate travel restrictions has led DTG to delay the Summit until the Autumn. 

We have been closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Covid-19 virus and many of our members and partners have expressed concerns about travelling at this time. We believe that rescheduling DTG Summit, Future Vision to Monday 5th  October 2020 is the most appropriate course of action. 

In its place a  State of the Nation: UK Digital Television Innovation, webinar will run at  2pm on 6th May 2020 . Introducing the first of what will become annual datasets and analysis, providing a snapshot of the industry’s significant contribution to the British economy and society. An important elevator pitch to Government, investors and international partners which will set out the value the UK contributes as a world leader in the sector. More information on how to sign-up will be available soon.   

All other DTG and DTG Testing activities remain business as usual  and will be supported with virtual participation capabilities. 

Our thoughts are with everyone who  has  been affected by coronavirus and wish them a full and fast recovery. We would like to thank you for your understanding, patience and continued support for DTG and the DTG Summit.  

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Future Vision, the DTG Summit on 5th  October 2020. 

If you  have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.  

Best regards, 

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO, DTG  

International Women’s Day 2020: An interview with Ranjeet Kaur, Head of Delivery

International Women’s Day is this Sunday 8th March. It’s a global day where we are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We are lucky to have several wonderful women in our workforce so we thought we’d take an opportunity to put a spotlight on a couple of them.

Introducing our Head of Delivery, Ranjeet Kaur. Ranjeet is a firm part of the company having been with us for over 11 years. Ranjeet ensures that technical deliveries of DTG are delivered with quality and on time so that customers get what they need. She is also responsible for some of our business development activities, so she liaises with the industry (manufacturers, platform operators and content providers included) to ensure that their technical requirements are met.

Ranjeet, tell us about how you got into this industry.

I’ve always had a love for computers and that’s what I set my heart on doing. My academic background is in computer science – I have a Master’s degree – which led me directly into the industry.

What’s your favourite part of your role?

I love interacting with people, so I’ve got to say my favourite parts (!) are liaising with the industry and the customer engagement. Whether it’s specification, content or service related, I love it. It’s also the variation in my role – there’s software development, there’s delivery, there’s also requirement-gathering, business development and some marketing. I never get bored!

Which technologies excite you the most and why?

It has to be a combination of AI and IoT. The potential to improve the customer experience across so many areas of life is immense. In the smart home, in entertainment, in medicine… in so many areas.

Do you go to any industry events?

I will definitely be at our Ultra HD Plugfest in July and also Future Vision, our 2020 Summit. I should be at IFA and IBC later in the year too.

A fun non-work related question… What was the last TV series that you watched?

Outnumbered! I love the kids. Thanks to our industry, you can catch it on BBC iPlayer.

And another fun one to finish! Do you have any hobbies that give you a break from DTG Testing?

Yes! Costume design and interior decoration. I’ve been doing costume design for over 20 years so I’ve picked up quite a few techniques including embroidery, stitching and fabric painting!

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with Ranjeet and the rest of DTG Testing, you can follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

TV market sees slight growth in 2019

The global television market managed slight growth in 2019.

According to a new report from research house Omdia, global TV set shipments in the fourth quarter of 2019 totaled 68.6 million, a 1.5% increase from the same period in 2018. A positive quarter helped the market to expand by 0.7% in 2019.

Paul Gray, research director at Omdia, said: “If there ever was a year that the television market would be expected to suffer a decline, it would be 2019, when the global industry faced a range of business, economic and trade challenges. TV makers in 2019 contended with major issues including trade tariffs and weak demand from important regions. Despite that, some TV makers managed to find growth by capitalising on low LCD panel prices and tapping into new regions.”

China had a poor year in 2019, with shipments down 1.4 million units to total 53.1 million. Omdia said that the decline was surprising considering that prices fell rapidly in 2019. North America also experienced falling shipments, as TV supply was hit by a US-imposed 15% extra tariff on imports from China.

Gray said: “2019 was dominated by supply issues. ‘In the first half of the year, brands undertook actions to ship televisions into the United States before the imposition of tariffs. In the second half, Chinese TV brands refocused on other regions as US shipments were choked by the tariffs. Europe and Asia-Pacific saw heightened competition as they sought to carve out new business.”

The majority (60%) of sets shipped globally in Q4 were UHD, with that figure rising to almost 70% for Western Europe. North America lead the way in UHD shipments at over 70% while China was third with 63%.

While interest in 8K TVs is rising, it is still in its infancy, reflected by 43,600 units shipped in the last quarter of 2019. The total for 2019 was slightly less than 120,000 units.

Gray said: “Televisions with 8K resolution remain a novelty for consumers, with their high prices and scarcity of content weighing heavily against growth.”

The report lastly examines the positive trends in OLED and QD-LCD TVs, with Q4 growth at 90% for the latter.

Gray concluded: “Rapid price declines for LCD panels represent an existential challenge to OLED displays OLEDs don’t enjoy the same manufacturing cost structure that LCDs have. Meanwhile, Samsung’s QD-LCD technology is allowing the company to compete head-to-head with OLED TVs while capitalising on declining prices for LCD panels.”

 

Article originally written and published by Digital TV Europe.

DTG hosts 35th HbbTV Interoperability Workshop

Last week, we hosted HbbTV Week in collaboration with the HbbTV Association. It consisted of a series of events related to HbbTV conformance, including the 35th HbbTV Interoperability Workshop which ran on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February 2020.

The workshop presented an opportunity for manufacturers, application developers and platform operators to test interoperability. The focus of the workshop was the new functionality added to the HbbTV 1.5.1 specification including High Dynamic Range (HDR), Next Generation Audio (NGA) and High Frame Rate (HFR).

Representatives from 15 companies attended the workshop. Amongst them were platform operators, companies who provide HbbTV apps and test streams, and TV and set-top box manufacturers who were testing their upcoming products for 2020.

During the same week, the HbbTV Testing Group held a test event to validate materials ahead of the upcoming 2020-1 HbbTV test suite release.

Jason Power, Senior Commercial Partners and Standards Director for Dolby, said:

“I’m pleased to have been part of this great interoperability event at DTG. I’m very happy to see such wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.2, including Next Generation Audio. With immersive 3D playback and personalisation, this enables a new level of audio experience.”

Ian Medland, Director of DTG Testing, said:

“It was an honour and a joy to host our colleagues for a week completely dedicated to HbbTV conformance. Events like HbbTV Week are important to ensure the industry can continue to work towards a better future TV experience for all. We are looking forward to hosting a similar event next year.”

The next HbbTV Week will be hosted by Cellnex in Madrid and will run from 15th-19th June 2020.