The Digital TV Group (DTG) is consulting with its members and the wider TV industry on the future management of digital television in the UK.
The DTG will use responses to establish a new framework for managing the way that different TV products and services work together.
The DTG said any findings that have “consistent and broad support from industry” will be implemented “without delay”.
DTG director general Richard Lindsay-Davies said: “We have grown to expect digital TV to be crash-free. While we continue to get it right consumers are unaware of the rigour we apply behind the scenes that ensures digital TV receivers and services simply work.
“The existing framework for ensuring the various parts of the digital terrestrial television delivery chain operate together seamlessly has helped the industry to deliver a reliable, consistent and world leading TV experience to over 19 million homes in the UK.
“As systems become more advanced, the challenge for the UK industry is how to decide what future interoperability regimes should look like, taking into account the need to optimise performance while minimising cost.”
The DTG said the consultation seeks views from across the industry on five topics:
- The purpose of interoperability management and risks associated with a suboptimal framework
- Categorisation of different digital TV functions according to the importance of interoperability management
- Preferences and expectations on the approach needed to support interoperability for different digital TV functions
- Preferences and expectations on who should determine the mechanisms needed to support interoperability for different digital TV functions
- Preferences and expectations on how the rules and mechanisms needed to support interoperability for different digital TV functions should be monitored and managed
The deadline for responses is Friday 22 March.