HbbTV


World Cup boost for HbbTV in Hungary

There are now over 200,000 HbbTV-enabled smart TVs sold in the Hungarian market, according to figures compiled by national transmission services provider Antenna Hungária. According to the group, about 10% of homes with HbbTV-enabled sets have used the service. Usage was boosted by public broadcast organsiation MTVA’s launch of HbbTV portal Click in May and […]

Open IPTV Forum merges with HbbTV Association

The Open IPTV Forum has merged with the HbbTV Association, in a move that recognises the coming together of the OTT, hybrid broadcast-broadband, and IPTV markets. From this week the two will operate as a single organisation within the legal structure of the HbbTV Association, following approval from members of both the Open IPTV Forum […]

DTG to publish Freeview Connect specifications this year

UK industry association the Digital TV Group (DTG) will publish the technical requirements for the recently announced Freeview connected TV platform later this year.  The organisation, which already publishes and maintains the technical specifications for Freeview in the UK, known as the D-Book, said that the extension to the Freeview HD platform will include a […]

TF1 launches Teleshopping TV app with Wiztivi

French broadcaster TF1 has launched Teleshopping, a TV-based shopping application that runs through an HbbTV interface. European interactive services specialist Wiztivi deployed the app, claiming it is the first t-commerce application in Europe. Viewers can use the app to buy goods directly from their TV, paying using an integrated payment solution and their TV’s remote […]

Brightcove adds support for HbbTV

Online video platform provider Brightcove has used the final event in its global customer conference series in Sydney, Australia to unveil support for the HbbTV hybrid TV standard. Brightcove’s Video Cloud for HbbTV will support common encryption packaging, multi-bitrate MPEG-DASH encoding, along with Microsoft PlayReady and Marlin digital rights management license serving. “HbbTV enables service […]

Media Broadcast highlights online video potential of HbbTV

HbbTV can successfully be used to deliver internet video channels to the big screen, extending the range of choice on digital-terrestrial TV, according to Sven Eckoldt, product manager at German broadcast infrastructure provider Media Broadcast, which last year launched the first online video channels on its Mediathek portal. “Because we are the DTT provider in […]

S&T hires former technical director of Teletext

UK-based interactive TV specialist S&T has hired former technical director of Teletext and founder of OnScreen Publishing, Gordon Maynard. Maynard has been brought in to lead a new applications initiative at S&T and will focus on web apps, including HTML5 and HbbTV. In 2008 Maynard founded OnScreen Publishing to develop technology to create and publish […]

HbbTV names task force chief

Steve Morris, systems architect at TV technology company Espial, has been named a member of the HbbTV steering group and chair of the HbbTV Spec Group Terminals Task Force. Morris, a founding member of HbbTV, has contributed to digital TV standards around the workd and specializes in working with HTML5, OIPF, Digital TV, MHP, MPEG, […]

EC move to improve access for HbbTV takes step forwards

The European Commission-funded HBB4All project has started work on improving accessibility services for audiovisual content delivered to multiple devices using the HbbTV standard by announcing four pilot test projects. The HBB4All project will include expert testing of new production workflows, benchmarking of the quality of access services from a user point of view and the […]

Itsmy.TV launches HbbTV games in Germany

Munich-based TV games startup itsmy.TV has launched a platform of HbbTV-based games for smart TVs. Itsmy.TV is offering an ‘all you can play’ option for €2.49 a week, providing access to all its premium games, as well as a ‘rent a game’ option where single games are made available for €0.99 for 48 hours. The […]

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