New HbbTV specification enhances consumer TV services

The HbbTV Association is to release the HbbTV 2.0 specification, paving the way for a new wave of consumer TV services based on a range of technical advances in device support and video delivery.

The new specification brings advances including companion device support, HTML5 user experiences and support for advanced video delivery features like Ultra HD and HEVC.

The HbbTV Association believes that manufacturers, broadcasters, and operators will begin introducing a new generation of interactive broadcast and broadband TV services in 2016.

Klaus Illgner, chairman of the HbbTV Association, said: “The HbbTV Association is pleased to announce the HbbTV 2.0 specification which sets the stage to introduce exciting new services in 2016. The specification benefits consumers and broadcasters by introducing new and innovative ways for enjoying TV programming.

“With HbbTV 2.0, consumers will be able to explore a richer, more immersive experience with new applications, exciting user interfaces and support for companion devices. This is an important milestone for the industry and represents the efforts of HbbTV Association members who have worked to define the specifications for the next wave of TV based on HbbTV.”

HbbTV 2.0 consumers will be able to enjoy new services including: seamless viewing of video content across TV, smartphones, PCs and tablets; and companion applications that enhance the TV experience with detailed program info, voting, play to screen and other use cases.

There will also be standardised delivery of Ultra HD content with HEVC; improved accessibility of services with better support for subtitles in multiple languages; access to broadcast content captured to local storage in the receiver; and support for consumer privacy.

Broadcasters, pay-TV operators and OTT video providers will benefit from synchronization of broadcast and broadband stream to augment the broadcast stream.

This forms a basis of the already announced connected Freeview platform of which the soon to be released D-book 8 is a fundamental part.

DTG Staff  |  10.02.2015

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