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Digital TV Group

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

IndustryDigital TV, technology, television, standards
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom,
Vauxhall, London, England
Area served
UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ghana and Europe
Key people
  • Simon Fell (Chairman)
  • Richard Lindsay-Davies (CEO)
DTG - The centre of UK digital TV

The DTG (Digital TV Group) is the association for British digital television broadcasters and annually publish and maintain the technical specifications for digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the United Kingdom, which is known as the D-Book[1] and is used by Freeview, Freeview HD, FreeSat and YouView. The association consists of over 120 UK and international members[2] who can participate in DTG activities to varying degrees, depending on their category of membership.

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The DTG is the UK's centre for digital media technology. Since 1995, it has been vital to the distribution of TV in the UK – digital TV, interactive TV, the digital TV switchover, on-demand TV, HDTV and UHD TV. The DTG supports the development of pay-TV and other platforms.


The DTG was formed in 1995 by the BBC, BSkyB, BT Group, Channel 4, ITV, NTL Incorporated, Pace and Sony to set technical standards for the implementation of digital terrestrial television in the UK.

From these initial eight members, the DTG has grown to include over 120 UK and international members and played an important role in the success of the UK television industry.[3]

Current work

The DTG, working with its members, has identified six priority television technologies. These are:

  • Ultra high definition: working through the DTG UK UHD Forum.[4]
  • Digital terrestrial television: maintenance of the technical specification (D-Book).[5]
  • Video-to-mobile: improving the delivery and consumer experience of streaming video on portable devices using mobile data.[6]
  • Spectrum: driving full value by managing change/coexistence through supporting the introduction of new services.[7]
  • Connected TV: developing industry-wide ad insertion and home-networking systems.[8]
  • Accessibility: improving the experience of TV for viewers with accessibility requirements.[9]


The DTG is a membership association with four categories of membership:[10]

  1. Full Member for organisations who are active in the UK market.
  2. New Entrant for new organisations in their first two years of operation.
  3. World Member for organisations who are interested in, but not active, in the UK market.
  4. Affiliate Member for charities, governments and regulators with an interest in the UK market and/or technical aspects of the television industry.

DTG Testing

DTG Testing - Orange with Icon

DTG Testing is a vital resource for the TV and IP industries and a trusted partner to the regulators. The team works to maintain standards across digital TV platforms. Each year DTG technicians produce real-world test reports, white papers, practice guidelines and the D-Book, a list of specifications for UK digital TV. The Zoo at DTG Testing is the UK's only comprehensive testing and accreditation centre for digital TV devices and services.

The DTG owns and operates DTG Testing, an ISO 17025 accredited test laboratory in Central London.[11] DTG Testing ensures that digital television products in the United Kingdom conform to the D-Book specification[12] – a requirement of obtaining the Freeview trade mark licence.[13]

DTG Testing also provide access to:

  • the UK's over-air download channel[14]
  • a receiver collection (The Zoo)[15] representing 95% of the UK's deployed free-to-air receivers
  • the Test and Innovation Centre,[16] incorporating the UK's largest commercial GTEM Cell.[17]
  • Consultancy[18]
  • Training[19]

The D-Book

The first edition of the DTG D-Book was written in 1996 when DVB-T was new and untried. From the outset, the D-Book was an implementation guideline and referenced fundamental standards where possible. But many of the component parts of the document had not then achieved stable international standards and the UK implementation was, therefore, reproduced in full. In subsequent editions, it has become possible to reference ETSI or other standards and the previous D-Book section simplified. However, the D-Book as an implementation guideline has become more important as non-UK based manufacturers have sought to introduce products to the UK market.

DTG Testing Ltd was established as an independent testing facility where manufacturers can bring prototype products for verification of their interoperability. Many manufacturers, both small and large, have discovered the advantage of revealing problems at this stage, rather than when they have large numbers of products in the shops or in peoples homes. As the complexity of the platform increases, the importance of interoperability and test and conformance is bigger than ever. The success of Freeview and Freeview Play continues and is largely down to the reliable products and services on the UK DTT platform.

The D-Book has successfully introduced High Definition and DVB-T2, in addition to supporting the transition of the DTT Platform out of the 700 MHz band which is planned for completion in 2020. D-Book 9 introduced HbbTV references for Freeview Play and the MHEG to HbbTV transition which included the introduction of support for HEVC and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for IP delivered services. D-Book 10 continued to support the developments of products and services with the introduction of Single Frequency Network (SFN) support for the migration of COM 7&8 T2 multiplexes into the 700 MHz band. In addition, through an analysis of broadcaster requirements, we removed HD/SD LCN switching and Broadcast Record lists.

D-Book 11 adopts a number of corrigenda to D-Book 10, defining the profile of UHD to be supported in compatible receivers for broadcast and bringing the HbbTV requirements up to date with recent work by the HbbTV Association and DVB. In recognition that Standard Definition receivers are no longer provided with a Trade Mark License in the UK, the SD receiver and recorder profiles have been removed and the chapter describing SCART and HDMI connectivity have been removed. Additionally, in the RF chapters (9 and 10), 700 MHz coexistence testing has been adopted in place of the 800 MHz coexistence testing to reflect future spectrum allocations. Overall the number of RF tests has been rationalised, by removing tests no longer required due to developments in receiver design.

The D-Book continues to be the foundation of every television in the UK and all UK DTT based platforms including Freely, Sky Glass, Freeview Play, Freeview HD, YouView, EETV and NowTV and the UK DSAT platform, Freesat, as well as several international adaptations. The DTG continues to ensure European harmonisation wherever possible, while meeting the needs of the rapidly developing and highly successful UK TV market.

See also


  1. ^ "What is the D-Book?". Digital TV Group, Technical, DTT. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Current DTG Members". Digital TV Group membership website. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  3. ^ Vaizey, Ed (20 May 2014). "Ed Vaizey Speech to Digital TV Group Summit 2014". Ed Vaizey MP announcements. Department for Culture, Media & Sport and Ed Vaizey MP. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ "DTG :: Technical :: Ultra HD". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ "DTG :: Technical :: DTT". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  6. ^ "DTG :: Technical :: Mobile devices". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  7. ^ "DTG :: Technical :: Spectrum". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  8. ^ "DTG :: Technical :: Connected/IP". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  9. ^ "DTG :: Technical :: Accessibility". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  10. ^ "DTG Membership categories". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Home | DTG Testing". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Conformance product testing | DTG Testing". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Obtain Freeview logos | DTG Testing". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Over-air downloads | DTG Testing". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  15. ^ "The DTG Testing Receiver Collection: Welcome to the Zoo! | DTG Testing". Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Wireless Test and Innovation Centre". DTG Testing.
  17. ^ "GTEM Cell Hire | DTG Testing". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Consulting Services | UK TV Industry". DTG Testing.
  19. ^ "DTG Testing Training | DTG Testing". Retrieved 7 March 2018.
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