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Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or “HbbTV”, is a major new pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes.

Through the adoption of HbbTV consumers,  through the  red button  on  the remote control ,  will be able to access new services from entertainment providers such as broadcasters, online providers and CE manufactures – including catch-up TV, video on demand (VoD), interactive advertising, online shop, personalisation, voting, games and social networking as well as programme-related services such as digital text and EPGs

Introduction

HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a new industry standard providing an open and business neutral technology platform that seamlessly combines TV services delivered via broadcast with services delivered via broadband and also enables access to Internet only services for consumers using connected TVs and set-top boxes.

The founding members of the HbbTV consortium together with a large group of supporters jointly developed the HbbTV specification to create a global standard for hybrid entertainment services. Version 1.1.1 of this specification has been approved by ETSI as ETSI TS 102 796 in June 2010.

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or “HbbTV”, is a major new pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes.

Through the adoption of HbbTV consumers,  through the  red button  on  the remote control ,  will be able to access new services from entertainment providers such as broadcasters, online providers and CE manufactures – including catch-up TV, video on demand (VoD), interactive advertising, online shop, personalisation, voting, games and social networking as well as programme-related services such as digital text and EPGs.

HbbTV specification

Specification

The HbbTV specification was developed by industry leaders to effectively manage the rapidly increasing amount of available content targeted at today’s end consumer. It is based on elements of existing standards and web technologies including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA-2014 (CE-HTML), W3C (HTML etc.) and DVB Application Signalling Specification (ETSI TS 102 809). The diagram below shows the relationship between HbbTV and other existing standards. Version 1.1.1 of the HbbTV specification has been approved by ETSI as ETSI TS 102 796 in June 2010.

The HbbTV specification does not depend on a particular broadcast link nor on a particular IP link. It may be applicable with either or connection, but gains most momentum in a connected environment to broadcast and broadband.

Important components provided by CEA-2014 (CE-HTML) for HbbTV are:

HbbTV specification

CEA-2014 is profiled through the OIPF Declarative Application Environment (DAE) specification. Other important components provided by the OIPF DAE specification are:

The DVB Application Signalling Specification (TS 102 809) provides the following components:

The OIPF Media Formats specification defines the audio and video formats supported.

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