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YouView: UK DTT Hybrid Platform

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On demand TV service YouView, has over 70 live free-to-air digital TV and radio channels. It seamlessly combines seven day catch-up on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 with a library of on demand television programmes, films and radio. YouView also has record, pause and rewind TV functionality as well as a simple search feature.

Eurofins Digital Testing(formerly Digital TV Labs) was involved in a project across a two year period, to deliver key testing infrastructure and services for YouView. Eurofins Digital Testing built an automated test tool and test suite used by manufacturers and YouView to validate conformance of the set-top-box software.

The automated test suite consisted of over 1200 Python tests that validated the system API between the YouView authored UI software and the manufacturer authored set-top-box middleware. This allowed YouView to test the device manufacturer’s software and check it was conformant with the YouView technical specifications, prior to integrating their own higher level software. The test suite was delivered with an Automated Test Environment (ATE) that allowed the tests to be executed and reported on a nightly basis. A test management system was used which allowed test cases to be tracked and managed efficiently. The ability to regularly and cost effectively execute tests on the manufacturer software was critical to ensuring the success of a project that had many development cycles and multiple manufacturers.

Eurofins Digital Testing additionally offered testing services to YouView’s leading device manufacturers, helping them to execute the test suite, interpret the results and run DTG free-to-air HD tests.