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Firms form DTV testing group in Hong Kong

Posted: 29 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DTV testing? DTV receivers? wireless?

A group of companies inked an agreement to set up the Hong Kong Digital Terrestrial Television Local Testing Group (DTTG), the first organization to support both the roll out and testing of the DTV broadcasting technology in Hong Kong.

The body group is composed of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp. (HKSTP), Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Television Broadcast Ltd (TVB), Asia Television Ltd (ATV) and Rohde and Schwarz Hong Kong Ltd (R&S).

Specifically for the testing of STBs and DTV sets, HKSTP's Wireless Communications Test Lab will provide the DTV testing facility and testing service for receiver functional validation to ensure the compliance with the recently selected National Standard (GB20600-2006).

For its part, ATV and TVB will deliver a variety of digital programming content compliant with the National Standard, transmission testing for the standard and also the operators' perspective regarding the viewer demands. Meanwhile, ASTRI-Tsinghua Multimedia Broadcast and Communications Joint Lab will facilitate the National Standard testing and DTV service development in Hong Kong. Researchers at Tsinghua University helped develop the DTMB National Standard. R&S is to provide equipment for the DTTG's DTV test system as well as the relevant technological expertise.

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) recently announced the adoption of the National Standard (GB20600 - 2006) as the technical standard for digital terrestrial TV service in Hong Kong after considering the proposals of the two free-to-air TV broadcasters, ATV and TVB, who unanimously indicated their preference for the standard. It is expected that DTV receivers will be available to consumers as DTV is launched in Hong Kong.

According to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government's implementation framework for DTV broadcasting, both ATV and TVB are required to simulcast both analog and digital terrestrial TV services this year.

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