DTG/German TV Plugfest Successful

The DTG (UK) and the German TV-Platform said that the recent Plugfest at the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut in Berlin was successful with more than 60 participants from 29 companies who tested 22 UltraHD displays, receivers, AV receivers and Blu-ray Players. There was a focus on interoperability of HDR content, based on HLG and on PQ.

“With PQ and HLG now specified for HDR in production and programme exchange by the ITUnion in BT.2100, the door is open for European broadcasters to start Ultra HD services with HDR in 2017,” said Stephan Heimbecher (Sky), board member of the German TV Platform and head of its Ultra HD Working group. “The results of the Plugfest are indicating that manufacturers will very likely support both HDR standards, PQ and HLG.”

David Daniels, Project Director, Advanced AV at the DTG said, “This was our third international collaboration with the German TV-Platform, and the growing number of Plugfest participants since 2014 clearly shows that our initiative is considered invaluable by the entire industry. With the recent inclusion of HDR for HbbTV in our latest D-Book, we’re sure that the fourth will prove just as exciting”.

The DTG said in its review that tests included EDID verification; Hot Plug verification; HDCP 1.4/2.2 verification; Video Format support and change verification and Audio verification. Spectracal/WLC measured display performance and Rohde & Schwarz had brought along its HDMI Generator/Analyser VTx.

Philips, the BBC, Dolby and RheinMain University were in attendance, testing Philips/ Technicolor Advanced HDR stream, HLG, PQ and their enhanced video Imaging respectively.

The next plugfest will take place in mid-2017 at the DTG’s HQ in London.