The DTG has released D-Book 12.6, the latest version of the universally-deployed standard in UK Digital Television, which includes a HbbTV mandate for the first time.
The D-Book sets out the technical interoperability requirements for digital terrestrial and hybrid delivery television in the UK, underpinning Freeview, YouView, Freesat, EE TV, BT TV and TalkTalk TV.
Optional support for HbbTV was first introduced in D-Book 9. That becomes mandatory (HbbTV 2.0.2) in D-Book 12.6 as the transition from MHEG continues, with the latter now optional in the standard, said the DTG.
According to the DTG’s chief executive, Richard Lindsay-Davies, D-Book 12.6 “underpins and supports all innovative digital services, networks and devices in an increasingly globalised IP/
“From helping industry meet the new right to repair rules to adapting to the requirements of new legislation and regulation that 2022 will bring, the D-Book, and the DTG, remains at the very centre of the Digital Television ecosystem.”
Vincent Grivet, chairman, HbbTV added, “HbbTV is very happy and honoured by the trust the UK TV players and the DTG place in our specification.
“This signal, coming from a very dynamic and sophisticated market which has been at the forefront of developments in many areas, says a lot about the value of a modern, open specification capable of delivering all relevant interactive TV services expected by consumers today.”
Grivet added: “We are committed to keeping the specification up to the expectations and needs of the market, and we are convinced that it will continue to be recognised as being the right option by an increasing number of markets and industry players.”
D-Book 12.6 is available to download here.