Munich, May 19, 2014 - Manufactures of consumer electronics equipment can now use just a single measuring instrument to test the compliance of their products with HD+ specifications. Rohde & Schwarz has integrated the necessary test suites into its R&S BTC broadcast test center.
The integration of the HD+ test suites into the R&S BTC reference signal generator with audio/video analysis functions offers manufacturers of HD+ receivers a new and comprehensive solution for development and certification. Developed by SES Platform Services GmbH, the test suites provide a defined environment for testing compliance and self-certification. The solution covers all functions of the HD+ specifications, allowing HD+ consumer electronics to be fully tested. When combined with the test suites, the R&S BTC can also be used to perform tests, regardless of location and without the availability of the satellite signal. The HD+ test suites are available for HD+ receivers, HD+ SmartTV receivers and for the HD+ module. The suites each consist of test specifications and the transport stream test library.
The R&S BTC solution allows users to perform automated self-certification tests with just a single instrument, making time-consuming, expensive test setups that consist of many individual instruments a thing of the past. Test solutions no longer have to be created from several different sources. The R&S BTC and the HD+ test suites allow manufacturers to minimize test times and costs, ensuring a good end user experience for their customers.
The R&S BTC supports all services included in the DVB-S2 standard (broadcast, professional, interactive and DSNG). Applying the current DVB-S2X standard, it can already be used to develop next-generation satellite receivers as well. For the first time, it is possible to simulate the entire satellite transmission chain with uplink and downlink as well as IMUX/OMUX characteristics.
The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, secure communications, and radiomonitoring and radiolocation. Founded 80 years ago, this independent global company has an extensive sales network and is present in more than 70 countries. It has around 9300 employees and achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.9 billion (USD 2.5 billion) in fiscal year 2012/2013 (July 2012 through June 2013). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany.
R&S ® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
About SES Platform Services
SES Platform Services is a subsidiary of SES and operates one of Europe’s most modern broadcasting centers. SES Platform Services provides technical support for broadcasters and production companies and offers a comprehensive range of services for the preparation and transmission of content for TV and radio channels. These include both digital archiving and playout, as well as preparation and transmission of content via satellite, over the Internet or to mobile devices. Today, SES Platform Services broadcasts some 300 digital TV and radio programs and also offers interactive and data services. As Germany’s first playout center, SES Platform Services also provides a complete HDTV playout service for HD channels. Clients of SES Platform Services include well-known German broadcasters from both the public and private sphere, as well as Pay-TV providers, rights owners, cable network operators and global companies.
HD PLUS GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the world’s leading satellite operator with a fleet of 56 satellites. HD PLUS was established in May 2009 and markets the product HD+, an additional range of programmes in high definition (HD), which can be received via the ASTRA satellite system in Germany. The HD+ open platform brings attractive Free TV services in high definition to the market. At present, the HD+ service includes the programmes RTL HD, SAT.1 HD, ProSieben HD, VOX HD, RTL II HD, kabel eins HD, SUPER RTL HD, N24 HD, n-tv HD, TELE 5 HD, SPORT1 HD, DMAX HD, RTL NITRO HD, Nickelodeon HD, sixx HD, COMEDY CENTRAL HD, ProSieben MAXX HD, DELUXE MUSIC HD, Disney Channel HD and TLC HD.
The free-to-air stations Das Erste HD, ZDF HD, ARTE HD, 3sat HD, BR HD, KI.KA HD, hr HD, MDR HD, NDR HD, PHOENIX HD, rbb HD, SWR HD, WDR HD, ZDFinfokanal HD, ZDFkultur HD, ZDFneo HD, einsfestival HD, EinsPlus HD, tagesschau 24 HD, ServusTV HD, Anixe HD, Bibel TV HD, QVC HD, QVC PLUS HD, HSE 24 HD, HSE24 Extra HD, Juwelo TV HD, pearl.tv HD, sonnenklar.tv HD and 1-2-3.tv HD can also be received with a HD+ set-top box.