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HbbTV specifications get ETSI approval

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV), a pan-European initiative to harmonise the hybrid delivery of video and other content to consumers through set-tops and internet connected TVs, has had version 1.1.1 of its specifications approved by European standards agency ETSI. The approval of the specification, listed as ETSI TS 102 796, coincides with the formal establishment of the HbbTV consortium. The consortium said the charter, signed by all of the founding members, marks the opening of the consortium for membership for organisations wanting to become involved in the group’s activities.

The membership charter details areas including the operational framework, activity scope, IPR policy, membership fees, voting procedures and associated terms. Members will be able to contribute to the requirements, maintenance and development of the specification and to have early access to updates as the specification evolves. Members will also be able to contribute to the development of the HbbTV test suite, certification regime and promotion of HbbTV as a format.