HbbTV 2.0 test suite to go live this summer

HbbTVThe HbbTV Association has now received all the test material it needs to release the first HbbTV 2.0-compatible test suite, it announced.   

The open standards body said that HbbTV test suite V9.0 is expected to be available before the end of the summer and will add over 500 new tests covering HbbTV 2.0 functionality for the first time.

The HbbTV Association said that the release will mark “an important step towards enabling interoperability between HbbTV 2.0 services and HbbTV 2.0 devices”. The latter are expected to be introduced in the market starting in 2017.

“The delivery of these tests is a significant milestone for HbbTV 2.0. Through the release of our Test Suite, we seek to help HbbTV products interoperate with services, giving consumers an optimal experience for services that use the new 2.0 spec’s advanced interactivity features,” said president of the HbbTV Association, Klaus Illgner.

The current HbbTV test suite (V8.1) is suitable for testing HbbTV 1 and 1.5 products. As well as testing HbbTV 2.0 functionality, V9 is designed to improve coverage of HbbTV 1 and 1.5 functionality in “some key areas”.

The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes.