HbbTV makes headway in Spain and Poland

Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE is adding HbbTV interactivity to two of its channels, while Poland’s TVP has completed a trial of the interactive TV standard. RTVE has launched HbbTV services alongside its 24h and TVE International channels. Users with connected TV sets that receive the channels via satellite will be able to access the RTVE.es […]

France 24 launches HbbTV interactivity in Middle East

News broadcaster France 24 is launching a HbbTV-delivered interactive service in the Middle East with operators Orange and Arabsat. The service will enable satellite viewers to use connected TVs to interact with France 24’s linear and on-demand content. It will be delivered in partnership with broadcast services provider GlobeCast this Autumn. GlobeCast will provide ground […]

HbbTV consortium unveils Test Suite

The HbbTV consortium has unveiled the first release of its HbbTV Test Suite, which covers a wide selection of features of the HbbTV 1.1.1 specification. The Test Suite will be used as part of the HbbTV certification programme, and includes specifications, test material and a dedicated program to run the test material. The consortium said […]

Intellect releases trial UK HbbTV spec

UK technology trade body Intellect has released a trial specification for HbbTV in the UK to enable HbbTV services to be deployed on UK digital-terrestrial devices. Intellect is hosting and making available a test stream and has initiated consultation with broadcasters and other stakeholders. William Higham, director at Intellect said: “Harmonisation with the EU offers […]

HbbTV faces hurdles to wide-scale adoption, ANGA attendees told

HbbTV still faces a number of issues that are stalling widespread adoption of the hybrid broadcast-broadband TV standard, according to participants on a Smart TV strategy panel at the ANGA Cable Congress yesterday afternoon. Marcus Dimpfel, strategy and business development chief at commercial broadcaster RTL Group said that his company was supporting HbbTV. He said […]

Farncombe launches TNT 2.0 test suite for HbbTV

TV technology consultancy firm Farncombe and standards conformance specialist Digital TV Labs have launched a TNT 2.0 test suite targeting manufacturers launching connected TV services based on the latest version of HbbTV. The HD Forum, the French industry body responsible for developing TNT 2.0, has appointed Farncombe and Digital TV Labs to design the test […]

Access HTML Browser supports HbbTV

TV software company Access has announced that its recently launched NetFront Browser NX 2.0 profile has been extended to support the HbbTV standard. NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV profile is a WebKit-based HTML5 browser. HbbTV is a pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment to the consumer. Access is an […]

NorDig adds HbbTV to hybrid specification

NorDig, the digital TV standards body for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Ireland, has added HbbTV to its specifications for hybrid set-top boxes. HbbTV succeeds MHP, which was previously the chosen API for interactive services, according to a statement from the European Broadcasting Union. The EBU also said the newly published MPEG DASH specification […]

France 5 launches HbbTV service today

France 5 is launching a Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) service.  It will start today with the public broadcaster’s daily show C dans l’air transmitted using the HbbTV standard, according to Le Figaro. It will reach up to 2.5 million French viewers.

Eutelsat adds HbbTV interactivity to KabelKiosk

Eutelsat’s KabelKiosk platform, which serves cable operators in Germany and neighbouring countries, is adding an interactive portal using the HbbTV standard. The KabelKiosk Choice service will offer VOD and catch-up TV services along with access to news portals and local information. Eutelsat said it was removing the requirements for cable operators to make significant investments […]