Fransat from France, Freesat from the UK and Tivusat from Italy have formed the FreeTV Alliance to aid manufacturers in developing innovative products and to assist broadcatsers and content providers to deploy hybrid TV services. The FreeTV Alliance was launched at thisa year's IBC.
Freesat currently offers freetime, a satellite/IP hybrid platform which is built into many new Panasonic TVs.
The Alliance will produce common specifications based on open standards that will apply across set-top-boxes and smart TVs in the European market. Members will also work together to establish preferred technologies and common understanding for multiscreen TV solutions.
Alberto Sigismondi, CEO of TivuSat and the first Chair of the FreeTV Alliance, said: “Until now, the major free-to-view satellite TV operators have focussed on building a business within their national boundaries. As the TV and consumer electronics industries become increasingly globalised, now is the right time for us to work together to ensure free-to-view satellite remains at the forefront of the television market.
“The FreeTV Alliance’s priorities include providing concrete help, support and advice to manufacturers so they can more easily include satellite technology into their devices, which in turn will allow operators to offer an even more competitive service to consumers. We will be able to combine our collective resources to deliver the best customer experience whilst minimising costs to manufacturers and so act as a collective group to agree upon common standards and features.”
DTG Staff | 17.09.2014