What is Freeview (the brand)?

Launched in 2002, Freeview is the digital terrestrial platform (DTT) in the UK, available to virtually all homes across the UK via an aerial. Freeview offers viewers more than 50 subscription-free TV, radio and interactive services on DTT. It is managed by DTV Services Ltd, a company owned and run by its five shareholders (BBC, BskyB, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva).

Who is responsible for the Freeview brand and how do I get it?

First you’ll need to demonstrate that your product meets the standard required by the Freeview trade mark license (TML).

DTG Testing Ltd offer conformance test services for Freeview and can complete the tests quickly and cost-effectively. Products that successfully pass the conformance tests will be issued with a DTG Test report which needs to be sent to Freeview along with the TML request and supporting documentation.

  1. Specification
  2. Manufacturer
  3. DTG Testing run conformance test and produce test report
  4. Report submitted with TML request and supporting docs to Freeview
  5. Manufacturer provides information and sample to DTG Zoo

What are the UK specific technical requirements?

The UK specific technical requirements are all set out in the D-Book. The D-Book brings together all of the technical specifications and requirements needed to build a DTT receiver for the UK market. The first place to look is Chapter 22 titled the ‘Receiver Recommendations’.

What is the difference between pre-conformance and conformance and who is involved with each?

DTG Testing Ltd provides the conformance testing to check that your product meets the requirements of the Freeview HD and Freeview Play Trade Mark Licenses.

DTG Testing Ltd offers a range of DTG test suites to help manufacturers carry out their own pre-conformance tests. DTG test suites come with comprehensive training and engineering support.

Can we self-certify?

Although manufacturers can self test subject to certain conditions DTG Testing finds that it can be very helpful to manufacturers to have a completely independent test carried out on their products. This approach gives manufacturers the best possible chance of preventing future interoperability issues.

For Freeview Play, some self-certifying is allowed, please contact Freeview ( [email protected] ) for further clarification.

We are an ODM for brand name companies. Should it be us or the brand who applies to DTG Testing?

This will depend on the contract signed between the ODM and the end-customer (brand name company).

DTG Testing usually receives requests from the companies which are directly involved in ensuring the platform is compliant with all the relevant requirements, as set out. This could range from the middleware supplier to the end-integrator.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Can I buy test streams?

All test streams used for testing are available for purchase. Please contact [email protected] with a list of requirements and we will supply a quote.

How long does a manufacturer have from when a new version of the D-Book is released to when it’s mandatory to implement the new functionality in receivers?

In general, all features introduced in a new version of the D-Book become mandatory for all HD products 12 months after publication. However, the relevant TML documents should be consulted for mandatory dates.