ATSC 3.0 Conformance Testing
ATSC 3.0 is a new standard, with advanced technologies defined for the physical, transport, application and runtime layers of the broadcast system. In order for a successful launch of ATSC 3.0 services that will be compelling and meet consumer expectations, final production devices on the market must be interoperable, and the key features that will drive revenue for manufacturers and broadcasters must be implemented correctly.
Eurofins Digital Testing has established conformance Test Suites enabling the certification and testing of many of the standards adopted by ATSC 3.0 such as HTML5 runtime environments, MPEG-DASH, Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range. We have a suite of test automation tools which enable device manufacturers to test devices reliably and efficiently, which could enable the ATSC 3.0 standard to be successful.
In September 2016, in association with Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Samsung Electronics and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI), we demonstrated testing of the first implementation of the Korean UHD IBB (Integrated Broadband Broadcast) standard - based on ATSC 3.0 and HbbTV 2.0 at IBC 2016 (read the full story here). At IBC in 2017 we demonstrated ATSC 3.0 ROUTE/DASH compliance streams and at CES 2018 announced the availability of this test material for early adopters to verify their implementations. This year, at NAB 2018, we will be demonstrating our latest ATSC 3.0 Compliance Test Harness, including automated video playback detection, AV synch and frame rate detection, and ATSC 3.0 Test Material including audio and video streams and interactive environment tests.
We are active members of the ATSC and the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) and we have been working with member organisations, discussing how ATSC technology can be successfully deployed in the US and what challenges may lie ahead. We are also considering (alongside other ATSC stakeholders), the best approach to testing and certifying ATSC 3.0 devices. We believe, as with similar technologies, that a conformance test suite will provide the solution and we are taking steps to gather relevant test materials and input from those in the industry. A conformance test suite for ATSC 3.0 will validate the complete implementation of a device including the hardware, firmware, software and broadcast components to verify conformance with the wide range of standards set-out in ATSC 3.0. It will iron out issues in the definition of the standard, adding clarity and correcting errors. It will also enable manufacturers to adopt the standard with speed, and save wasteful duplication of effort.
To discuss an impending ATSC 3.0 project or to learn more about our current activities around ATSC 3.0 technology, please get in touch!
To read our white paper 'Conformance Testing for the ATSC 3.0 Standard' please follow the link on the right of this page.