UKCA marking – less than 6 months to go!

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the previous CE marking scheme will be replaced by a UKCA mark.

This means that as of 1st Jan 2022 products sold in the UK will require a UKCA mark. CE marking will still be required for products being sold in the EU.

DTG Testing is an UK Approved Body specialising in Radio Equipment Regulations, providing UKCA certification and guidance to ensure your company is ready for the transition.

We also work with European Notified Bodies to include CE marking certification in a single service.

To find out more? Get in touch today.

Triax become latest company to pass DTG Testing and CAI’s European IRS certification scheme (EICS)

Triax have become the latest company to pass DTG Testing and CAI’s newly launched European-wide assurance scheme for TV and Satellite distribution equipment known as the European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS). The first scheme of its kind, it will ‘provide reassurance of end-to-end device compatibility, interoperability and robust RF performance within satellite and DTT distribution systems.’

The scheme has been developed through an industry collaboration of satellite and DTT platforms, major equipment manufacturers, and led by industry associations DTG and CAI. It consists of a test specification underpinned by international standards and a consumer-facing logo. Manufacturers of equipment such as receivers, dSCRs, multi switches, fibre gateways, launch amplifiers and LNBs can display the logo on their products after successfully passing the required tests.

Leading international supplier of broadcast reception equipment, Triax, have become the latest company to pass the test specification with their range of dSCR products, demonstrating the high quality of the Triax solution and compatibility with all major satellite and TV platforms.

Supported by the leading retailers, the logo will ensure a high quality of experience for the end customer. End-users, such as installers, specifiers, housing associations and platform operators can use the logo to recognise equipment that is compatible with all major satellite and TV services; and therefore interoperable with other EICS equipment.

DTG Testing will provide testing against the EICS specification at their UKAS accredited laboratory based in London. CAI will operate the scheme and will include a market surveillance programme to maintain a high standard of EICS-marked equipment.

Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist at the DTG, said “DTG Testing is delighted that a major manufactuer such as Triax has joined this scheme. The continued uptake of the scheme is great news for TV platforms, manufacturers of satellite and TV distribution equipment, and installers who can select products with confidence when they see the EICS mark.”

Peter Sealey, Chairman of CAI, said “CAI are pleased to have worked with DTG Testing to develop this new Product Certification Scheme, which follows on from the success of CAI’s existing Cable and Aerial Certification Schemes.  This new scheme will enable our members, as well as other parts of the industry, to select the best products for their installations.  The EICS mark  will also enable developers, landlords and the specifiers working for them, to ensure they get systems that work as intended, when combined with CAI Codes of Practice and installation by our members.”

Inverto become first company to pass DTG Testing and CAI’s European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS)

Inverto have become the first company to pass DTG Testing and CAI’s newly launched European-wide assurance scheme for TV and Satellite distribution equipment known as the European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS). The first scheme of its kind, it will ‘provide reassurance of end-to-end device compatibility, interoperability and robust RF performance within satellite and DTT distribution systems.’

The scheme has been developed through an industry collaboration of satellite and DTT platforms, major equipment manufacturers, and led by industry associations DTG and CAI. It consists of a test specification underpinned by international standards and a consumer-facing logo. Manufacturers of equipment such as receivers, dSCRs, multi switches, fibre gateways, launch amplifiers and LNBs can display the logo on their products after successfully passing the required tests.

Leading supplier of broadcast reception equipment, Inverto, have become the first company to pass the test specification with their 4-port and 8-port dSCR products, demonstrating the high quality of the Inverto solution and compatibility with all major satellite and TV platforms.

Supported by the leading retailers, the logo will ensure a high quality of experience for the end customer. End-users, such as installers, specifiers, housing associations and platform operators can use the logo to recognise equipment that is compatible with all major satellite and TV services; and therefore interoperable with other EICS equipment.

DTG Testing will provide testing against the EICS specification at their UKAS accredited laboratory based in London. CAI will operate the scheme and will include a market surveillance programme to maintain a high standard of EICS-marked equipment.

Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist at the DTG, said “DTG Testing is delighted to launch this scheme in partnership with the CAI. The new scheme is great news for TV platforms, manufacturers of satellite and TV distribution equipment, and installers who can select products with confidence when they see the EICS mark.”

Peter Sealey, Chairman of CAI, said “CAI are pleased to have worked with DTG Testing to develop this new Product Certification Scheme, which follows on from the success of CAI’s existing Cable and Aerial Certification Schemes.  This new scheme will enable our members, as well as other parts of the industry, to select the best products for their installations.  The EICS mark  will also enable developers, landlords and the specifiers working for them, to ensure they get systems that work as intended, when combined with CAI Codes of Practice and installation by our members.”

DTG RELEASES NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR UK DIGITAL TV: D-BOOK 12.5

LONDON, 2 NOVEMBER 2020: The DTG has released the latest version of the D-Book, the only standard universally deployed in around 6 million TV receivers each year. Created with industry and updated annually, it sets out the technical interoperability requirements for digital terrestrial television in the UK, underpinning Freeview, YouView, Freesat, EE TV, BT TV and TalkTalk TV.

Often described as cross-industry alchemy, as the complexity of the platform increases the importance of interoperability, test, and conformance has never been greater. Each iteration of the D-Book standard and DTG Testing test regime help ensure a level of reliability and quality of experience unmatched by any horizontal TV platform in the world. Underpinned by the seamless interoperability services with televisions, set-top boxes and recorders delivering new levels of performance on the Freeview Platform.

In support of the increased resolution on displays, D-Book 12 ensured all future TVs would support resolutions of HD or above by removing standard definition (SD) receiver profiles. This evolution continues in D-Book 12.5, mainly reflected in the “SI (service information) Rules of Operation” chapter. D-Book 12.5 has an update of the Errata of the HbbTV Specification. In addition, an overhaul of the structure has improved navigation throughout the document with an effort to unify language, and the layout-this edition is called ‘D-Book 12.5’.

The DTG welcomes contributions from members on the evolution towards hybrid distribution systems which will feed into the development of future D-Books. The DTG continues to ensure European and international harmonisation wherever possible while meeting the needs of the rapidly developing and highly successful UK TV market.

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the DTG said; “A world-first when first published, the DTG D-Book is the culmination of over 25 years of industry collaboration that ensures every UK citizen can enjoy great British television. More importantly than ever, in this extraordinary year, we continue to bring together brilliant engineers from across the sector.  Ensuring that viewers can enjoy the exciting range of content, reliably in the best quality possible, across a wide range of consumer electronics devices.”

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director, Freeview said; “The DTG D-Book continues to ensure every television, and Freeview Play recorder and set-top box gives the best possible TV experience to viewers across the UK”

The DTG team give thanks to all who have contributed to D-Book 12.5 which is available to DTG Members as part of their membership and can be downloaded from here // Non-DTG Members can purchase the D-Book for £50,000.

DTG Testing and KL Certification join forces to provide a single certification solution for placing products on the market after Brexit

We have joined forces with KL Certification to combine our expertise to provide a single service for placing products on both the UK and EU markets after Brexit.

Placing CE marked equipment on the market in the UK and Europe after Brexit will change from 1st  January 2021. At this point the UK will begin operating under a new compliance framework where the UKCA mark will be required for placing products on the UK market; the CE mark will still be required in Europe.

There will be a transition period in place for 1 year where both CE and UKCA marking can be used in the UK meaning products already placed on the market before 1st  January 2021 will not be affected.

By applying for product certification with either organisation, we and KL Certification will work together to ensure products are assessed against both UKCA and CE mark requirements. This will give manufacturers a simple, one-stop solution to ensure all their certification requirements for the UK and Europe are met.

We are currently a Notified Body and will become a UK Approved Body from 1st  January 2021. We have expertise in Radio Equipment Directive (RED) certification of consumer electronics products, providing market access solutions across a range of categories including TV, radio, mobile, and satellite. To find out more, see here: https://www.dtgtesting.com/notified-body/

KL Certification GmbH is a Notified Body under the Radio Equipment Directive and soon will be assigned as a Recognized Certification Body for Japan, a Telecommunication Certification Body for the USA and Foreign Certification Body for Canada, offering  fast and reliable market access for our customers. To find out more, see here: https://kl-certification.de

Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist at the DTG, said:

“DTG Testing’s collaboration with KL Certification will provide a simple and straightforward process to ensure that continued market access for manufacturers is a seamless process during the Brexit transition.”

Oliver Kneip, Managing Director of KL Certification GmbH said:

“Efficient and reliable services for our customers even during uncertain times is our passion and the goal of our work.“

More information on the upcoming legislative changes following Brexit and how it affects your business can be found in the links below:

Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1st  January 2021

Placing manufactured goods on the market in the EU from 1st  January 2021

Information on the UKCA mark

Brexit transition: Stakeholder guidance on EU rules in relation to industrial products

First technology provider passes new Digital Radio Tick Mark testing programme

Frontier Smart Technologies, a subsidiary of Science Group plc, has become the first company to pass Digital Radio UK’s recently upgraded technology provider testing programme overseen by DTG Testing (part of the Digital TV Group) for the Digital Radio Tick Mark Scheme.

The Digital Radio Tick Mark indicates to consumers that devices are tested and approved to meet the UK Government agreed specification for digital radios and are able to receive FM, DAB and DAB+ stations and is supported by the majority of digital radio manufacturers and retailers as well as the leading technology providers

The scheme was first introduced in 2014 – with technology providers self-certifying that their technology met the Digital Radio Tick Mark standards. The new, updated testing regime requires that DAB+ receiver core technology be certified by an independent third-party testing house, using a single set of independently created test files – and bringing a new level of robustness to the Tick Mark approval process.

The new testing programme was launched in July 2020 with third-party testing lab DTG Testing appointed to handle all aspects of the programme, from the purchase of ETI files and booking technology testing to issuing the license and artwork once the technology has been approved.

Market-leading DAB+ solution provider, Frontier Smart Technologies, has become the first company to pass the updated tests with its Siena DAB+ module, which powers over 3.5 million radios in the market, demonstrating the high quality of the Frontier solution. This means that brands that use Siena to build their digital radios remain assured that their products will be ready to pass the end product Digital Tick Mark certification.

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “Our congratulations to Frontier on being the first DAB/DAB+ core technology provider to have their technology tested and approved to use the Digital Tick Mark under DTG’s new rigorous testing programme. The new Digital Tick technology testing regime is good news for digital radio manufacturers and listeners who can select their technology and radios with confidence when they see the Digital Tick Mark.”

Bob Heads, Managing Director at Frontier Smart Technologies, said: “Frontier is delighted to be the first vendor to pass the new core technology Digital Tick Mark tests. This is testament to our leadership in quality and compliance to the DAB specification. We look forward to manufacturers and consumers benefiting from the updated test spec.”

Alex Buchan, Head of Wireless Technologies, DTG, said: “Congratulations to Frontier Smart Technologies on their Tick Mark award. We’re very happy at DTG Testing to have been part of the process to help achieve this. Our collaboration with DRUK now offers a streamlined process for manufacturers to obtain the Digital Tick Mark while reinforcing the recognition of quality it represents. This ensures the Digital Tick remains a valuable scheme providing listeners an informed choice when buying a digital radio.”

DTG Testing have licensed and made Fraunhofer DAB ETI files available for brands and manufacturers that are developing radios. These are a complete set of files with an accompanying test procedure that enables DAB radios to be tested against ETSI TS 103 461, which are the requirements necessary to obtain the Digital Radio Tick Mark.

More information can be found here.

Press release originally written and published by Digital Radio UK.

HbbTV releases Version 2020-2 of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite

Geneva, July 24, 2020 – The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing open standards for the delivery of advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks for connected TV sets and set-top boxes, is pleased to announce the publication of a new version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite.

The new version is called v2020-2; it is the second and most important major release of the Test Suite in 2020.

The release contains 2,759 test cases in total, an increase by 173 test cases since the v2020-1 release. The release also includes the first 90 test cases for the new HbbTV specification for Targeted Advertising (HbbTV-TA) published in February 2020. The remaining test cases for HbbTV-TA will be delivered during 2020 and should form part of the 2021-1 release.

“The release of the new HbbTV Compliance Test Suite version, offering enhanced and increased verification possibilities, is a sign that the HbbTV Association and community remain completely operational in spite of the Coronavirus pandemic constraints,” said Vincent Grivet, Chair of the HbbTV Association. “Viewing habits have affirmed the important role of traditional television as a reliable source of news, information and entertainment.”

“The HbbTV specifications enable broadcasters, operators and manufacturers to make the TV viewing experience even more flexible, personalised and attractive while opening up new revenue sources and business models. The extended Test Suite ensures that existing and new features quickly and smoothly reach HbbTV-compliant TV sets and set-top boxes,” added Grivet.

The HbbTV Conformance Test Suite is an important tool for device manufacturers to verify compliance of their products with the most current HbbTV specifications and their new features. The Test Suite is available through one of the registered HbbTV test centres and, as a convenience, to HbbTV members for use in their own facilities.

For more information on the v2020-2 Test Suite, please visit www.hbbtv.org.

Contact HbbTV Association:
Angelo Pettazzi
Chair HbbTV Marketing and Education Working Group (MEWG)
email: [email protected]
Tel: +39 02 2514 8355

Press Contact:
Thomas Fuchs
Fuchs Media Consult GmbH
email: [email protected]
Tel: +49 171 4483 168

Article originally written and published by HbbTV.

German TV set market grows, 90% with HbbTV

Despite the Corona crisis, 2.7 million TV sets were sold in Germany between January and May 2020, slightly more than in the first five months of the previous year (2.65 million), according to GfK Retail & Technology.

The proportion of smart TV sets that enable the use of apps or catch-up services via HbbTV and the internet continued to rise and amounted to 85%. That’s more than in the period from January to May 2020 (79%).

In total, almost 40 million smart TVs have been sold in Germany since 2012. Of these, over 90% support the HbbTV standard and thus the use of interactive services via the red button on the remote control.

The trend towards larger screens continues: 58% of the smart TVs sold from January to May 2020 have a diagonal screen size of 50 inches or larger (2019: 53%).

“The stable overall market and the high market penetration of smart TVs offers the media industry a very good basis for new and innovative non-linear services,” said Andre Prahl, chairman of German industry association Deutsche TV-Plattform. “10 years after the adoption of the specification, we are particularly pleased about the success of the HbbTV standard, whose introduction has been accompanied by Deutsche TV-Plattform from the very beginning.”

Article originally published by Broadband TV News.

The Zoo: introducing some of our HbbTV Freeview Play receivers

Our Zoo, a ready-to-use collection of TVs and set-top boxes, features over 190 HD and 4K TVs. The Zoo is continuously updated and maintained by professionals so it remains an invaluable resource for all of your testing needs. Check out a selection of our HbbTV Freeview Play devices that are available for HbbTV application interoperability testing below:

Philips 43PUS6504/12

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

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

 

 

LG 49SM8500PLA

Launched last year, LG’s 49SM8500PLA, is a reddot Award winner.

  • HbbTV-enabled
  • 4K UHD
  • Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG
  • Features down-firing subwoofer, Dolby Atmos, DTS Decoder, DTS-HD and Wireless  Sound Sync
  • NanoCell technology

 

 

Hisense H43B7100

The H43B7100 model from Hisense was launched in the market early last year. Its features include:

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

 

 

LG OLED55C8PLA

 

Another LG model, the OLED55C8PLA arrived on the market in 2018 featuring a sleek aesthetic that undeniably catches your eye.

  • HbbTV-enabled
  • 4K Cinema HDR
  • Supports Advanced HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG
  • Supports Dolby Atmos
  • LG ThinQ AI
  • Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible

 

LG OLED55C9PLA

LG’s OLED55C9PLA is the updated 2019 release of their OLED55C8PLA (which is also featured 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’.

  • HbbTV-enabled
  • 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

 

LG 43UK6750PLD

LG’s 43UK6750PLD features their ThinQ AI and what else? Some of its features include…

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

 

 

Want to know about the Zoo and its receivers? Get in contact with us today to find out more!

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