HbbTV 2.0

HbbTV Association publishes IPTV spec

Hybrid digital-terrestrial and IP standards outfit the HbbTV Association has finalised and published its IPTV Specification, building on its HbbTV 2 spec. The new specification has been published by ETSI as TS 103 555 and it defines how HbbTV devices such as set-top boxes and TVs can be used with IPTV services. Two distinct types […]

Spanish digital TV forum adopts HbbTV 2

The Spanish Digital TV Tech Forum (Foro Técnico de la Televisión Digital) has adopted the new HbbTV 2 standard, version 2.0.1, in its DTT receiver specification for the Spanish market. The update will apply to the TDT Hibrida ecosystem – based on the Spanish Digital TV Tech Forum specification – and the implementation of HbbTV […]

HbbTV Association backs Nordic move to HbbTV2

The HbbTV Association has welcomed NorDig’s new specification, which marks the Nordic region’s first steps from HbbTV1.5 to HbbTV 2.0. NorDig – which specifies the technical specifications for digital TV in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Ireland – released specifications to support the adoption of HbbTV 2 at the end of last month. Responding today […]

HbbTV Association releases test suite for HbbTV 2

The HbbTV Association has released its test suite version 9.0, which will support the HbbTV 2 specification. According to the association, the new test suite expands on the existing suite, making it 50% larger with an additional 350 new tests covering HbbTV 2 functionality as well as improving test coverage of the HbbTV 1.1 and […]

HbbTV 2.0 updated for UK and Italy

The HbbTV Association has updated the HbbTV 2.0 specification, paving the way for “the broad adoption” of the standard in the UK and Italian markets. HbbTV 2.0.1 adds a small number of features designed to let HbbTV technology replace MHEG and MHP in the UK and Italy respectively, and was written in close collaboration with […]

HbbTV Association to launch operator app specification

The HbbTV Association has announced plans to launch a specification for operator applications, based on the existing HbbTV 2.0 specification. TV operators will be able to develop their apps using commonly used web technologies, including HTML5, and the specification will be suitable for operators of any kind of free of pay TV service delivered over […]

HbbTV Association welcomes Freeview Play launch

The HbbTV Association has welcomed the recent launch of Freeview Play in the UK, which is built on the HbbTV 2.0 standard that was released earlier this year. Freeview Play lets viewers access advanced TV services like catch-up TV from broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5 and supports the development of […]

Germany’s IRT to showcase HbbTV 2.0

The research institute for public-broadcasting organisations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, IRT, will present an HbbTV 2.0 showcases at its booth at IBC. The IRT developed the HbbTV2.0 prototype service in close cooperation with the innovation projects division of ARD broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) and TV manufacturer Samsung. It combines live streaming using MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive […]

Opera to ship HbbTV 2.0 SDK

Opera Software is to start shipping an HbbTV 2.0 software development kit to TV manufacturers and set-top-box OEMs, which it says will enable them to be first to market with devices that are compliant with the new spec and simplify the task of creating interactive content for TVs. HbbTV 2.0 builds on HbbTV 1.1 and […]

HbbTV 2.0 details revealed, release expected this year

The new HbbTV 2.0 standard should “hopefully” be released later this year and will include four new features contributed by the EU-supported HBB-NEXT project according to HBB-NEXT technical coordinator Michael Probst. Probst, who also represents the German broadcasting technology institute, IRT, made the comments in an update by the European Commission about the evolution of […]