A landmark in standardisation

HbbTV annouced the publication of HbbTV 2.0 specification yesterday in Cologne. This specification is a landmark in standardisation terms because of the linkage between the specifications availability and the availability of associated testing materials. At the same time as publishing the specification, HbbTV will issue a RfP for a set of tests to form the basis of the 2.0 Test Suite. This is the first time there is such a close link between an open technical specification and its associated test suite.

HbbTV 2.0 will bring new features to the hybrid TV space: HTML5, second screen synchronisation, advanced subtitling and other features that should enrich the options available to application developers and the consumers they serve.

Slated for product that would launch in early 2016, the HbbTV 2.0 specification is the target for migration of hybrid TV services in Italy and the UK where existing MHP and MHEG-5 services are popular. EBU remains an active and core participant in HbbTV activities, and administers the HbbTV Association at its Geneva Headquarters.

BroadThinking 2015

This year's BroadThinking event will focus on HbbTV.  At this key event, we’ll share best practices on current deployments of HbbTV including new functionalities of version 2.0 like the synchronisation of connected devices, live and on demand DASH support and HTML5 user interfaces. The event targets technology specialists and managers interested in deployment scenarios or migration paths. The event takes place at the EBU 18-19 March 2015. Spacing for the event are filling up fast.  Book your spot now to take advantage of our early bird rate. For more information click here.

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