HbbTV 2.0 specification announced

The HbbTV Association has released the specification for Hbb 2.0, paving the way for a “new wave of consumer TV services.” HBB 2.0 will support HTML5, MPEG-DASH and advanced video delivery features like Ultra HD and HEVC, with the first compliant receivers expected to be released during 2016. The new standard will also support companion […]

ITU hails new TV standards

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said that it is working on a set of new standards to improve TV viewing, including standards underpinning ultra-HD, building on the adoption of the HEVC compression format as Recommendation ITU-T H.265-ISO/IEC International Standard 23008-2 in October. “ITU is currently working on developing new standards that will dramatically enhance […]

Ultra HD set-top box shipments to hit 48 million in 2020

Worldwide shipments of Ultra HD-capable set-top boxes will reach 48 million by 2020 while the market for HEVC set-top boxes will hit 88 million units, according to ABI Research. The figures will mark a dramatic rise over the coming years, with the research firm predicting that just 60,000 high-end gateway set-top boxes with UltraHD and […]

AirTies and SoftAtHome partner for HEVC set-top box

Set-top box maker AirTies has partnered with software company SoftAtHome to launch a compact, low-priced HEVC set-top box.  The new box was built by AirTies and is powered by SoftAtHome’s universal player, based on its SOP embedded software platform for home gateways, set top boxes and media servers. The device also supports AirTies’ Mesh Technology, […]

DVB highlights HEVC and DVB-S2 developments

The DVB has used its presence at IBC to provide an update on work currently underway related to HEVC for both HD and UHDTV, as well as to summarise developments of extensions to the DVB-S2 satellite broadcast standard for certain applications. At the show, the DVB is demonstrating HEVC alongside its DVB-S2 enhancements, allowing four […]

France’s 4EVER consortium to demo UHD and HEVC developments

4EVER, a collaborative project funded by the French government, will demo improved motion, colours, contrast and images at IBC as part of its investigation into UHD technologies. The consortium of nine industrial and academic partners, which includes Orange, Technicolor and France Televisions, said its partners are now investigating “UHD-TV phase 2” and will promote their […]

Arris to preview new HEVC set-top boxes

Arris will preview two new lines of HEVC set-top boxes at IBC, featuring new slim designs and 802.11ac WiFi support. The VIP4000 Series and VIP5000 Series of set-tops are based on Arris’ open IPTV platform KreaTV and are designed to support a range of software applications and new entertainment experiences like Ultra HD. The devices, […]

Thomson tests 4K encoding in 10-bit HEVC for interoperability

Thomson Video Networks has begun interoperability tests of its ViBE VS7000 encoding and transcoding platform for ultra high-definition 4K content in 10-bit HEVC with leading chipset manufacturers.  MStar Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics and ViXS are testing the platform. All are manufacturers of chips targeted at the HEVC market. Earlier this year, the ViBE VS7000 demonstrated interoperability with […]

Digital TV Labs showcases HEVC testing for 4K OTT and DVB

Digital TV Labs is using IBC to showcase new HEVC testing solutions for UHDTV/4K OTT and DVB broadcast markets.  Digital TV Labs is launching a range of products designed to aid in the development and deployment of next generation 4K / UHDTV services utilising the latest HEVC compression standard. The ISO/IEC and MPEG developed standard […]

DVB to demo HEVC-based UHD using DVB-S2X

The DVB will use its presence at IBC to demonstrate HEVC-encoded content in multiple UHD services utilising DVB-S2X and multiple HD services via DVB-T2. Following the approval in July of the specifications for the use of HEVC in the DVB environment and DVB-UHDTV Phase1, which was seen as a significant step in the road to […]