Eurofins Digital Testing (EDT), in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has released the NEXTGEN TV
logo certification test suite v 2022-1.0.
It’s being described as “the first major release for the new model year applicable to ATSC 3.0 compliant receivers from July 1, 2022.”
Primarily aimed at devices entering the market in 2023, it can be used for certification from today.
According to EDT, the release adds more than 80 new tests, bringing the total to 348.
Additionally, it brings improved coverage of domains such as MMT, Audio, ESG, AEA, watermark and content recovery, Multi-period, Multi-PLP, IMSC1 IT1 Captions, App lifecycle, Rating, Signal signing, and A/344 APIs.
There’s also the promise of an extended range of feature tags allowing manufacturers to configure the NEXTGEN Certification statement (according to their receivers’ abilities and compliance requirements); continued alignment of certification test suite to A/300 specification; improvements to CTA NEXTGEN TV Test Repository Portal search filtering to include Domain and Required Features; and support for embedded device browser Web Media API Snapshot (WMAS:2019) tests.
The release was built through an industry collaboration funded by CTA, NAB and Eurofins
Digital Testing, with contributions from broadcasters, technology vendors and manufacturers to ensure streams are representative of real deployments, interoperable across devices and equipment and compliant to the latest ATSC 3.0 Specifications.
The recent NEXTGEN TV conference in Detroit demonstrated the adoption in the United
States, with new markets coming online in 2022.
According to Brian Markwalter, SVP of Research and Standards at the CTA, “NEXTGEN TV sales are growing at an amazing rate.
The organization expects 4.5 million NEXTGEN TVs to ship in the U.S. this year, all of which have passed the logo certification test suite.
“This updated test suite is a critical tool in assuring that important services and features afforded by ATSC 3.0 are compatible with NEXTGEN TV receivers,” NAB EVP/Technology and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny noted. “We appreciate the ongoing collaboration
with CTA and receiver manufacturers in developing and appropriately identifying televisions capable of delivering this unique next generation viewing experience to consumers, and we look forward to expanding testing to cover additional advanced services and features to come. Together with our consumer electronics partners, broadcasters are committed to ushering in a new era of television through the ATSC 3.0 standard.”
The 2021 Suites will sunset at the end of September 2022.
EDT adds that it is also releasing Arreios for ATSC v1.8, an automated test harness for ATSC 3.0 conformance supporting both the NEXTGEN TV logo test suite and A3SA Signal Security and DRM test suite.