Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik to shut down

Germany’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), the research and development outfit set up by public broadcast organisations, is to close after shareholders failed “to find a viable model” to keep it going. The organisation said that “despite the most intense efforts, it has not been possible to develop a resilient economic base to develop a future […]

EBU highlights 5G and UHD trials around European Championships

German broadcast and media technology research institute the IRT and Italian public broadcaster Rai are separately to showcase their work in the application of 5G mobile technology for broadcast at test sites in Munich and the Aosta Valley during the multi-sport European Championships taking place in Glasgow and Berlin from tomorrow until August 12. Rai […]

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 […]

TDF and Rai begin LTE-A+ trials

French transmission services provider TDF and Italia public broadcaster Rai this week began trial LTE-A+ mobile TV broadcasts in Paris and Aosta.  The trial is based on a ‘Tower Overlay’ concept developed by the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. US outfit GatesAir is a partner in the project, which is also supported by Expway 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 […]