8th HbbTV Symposium and Awards

21st – 22nd November 2019 | Athens


The symposium will include a packed programme of keynotes, panel presentations and roundtable discussions, running over two full days. The sessions will cover a wide range of topics, both business and technical. The speakers include high-level executives and industry experts from across the HbbTV community and the wider TV market.

Date: 21 – 22 November 2019

Venue: MEGARON International Conference Centre | Athens

21 November – DAY 1 (10:00 - 23:00)
22 November – DAY 2 (9:00 - 16:00)
21 November – DAY 1 (10:00 - 23:00)
10:00 - 11:00
Registration, Coffee, Networking & Exhibition
11:00 - 13:20
HbbTV Symposium First Session
Welcome: Vincent Grivet - Chairman of the HbbTV Association
Keynote: The Greek TV and Interactive Market - ERT
Keynote: The Global TV Market Review - Paul Gray - IHS Markit
Keynote: The Operator Application for HD Plus in Germany - Wilfried Urner - HD Plus
Panel: HbbTV success stories - a panel to review the most recent HbbTV successes across major markets
13:20 - 14:20
Lunch, Networking & Exhibition
14:20- 15:50
HbbTV Symposium Second Session
Keynote: The State of Content Piracy Worldwide - Ron Wheeler, former SVP, Content Protection & Technology Strategy at Twentieth Century Fox
Panel: Targeted Advertising - Where we are today - An overview of the new HbbTV Targeted Advertising Standard
15:50 - 16:35
Coffee, Networking & Exhibition
16:35 - 17:15
HbbTV Symposium Third Session
Panel: HbbTV Reports from Selected Countries
Roundtable: Does HbbTV provide the right tools for Broadcasters and Operators? A roundtable with top industry managers to debate HbbTV tools.
19:00 - 23:00
HbbTV Awards 2019 Reception and Ceremony
22 November – DAY 2 (9:00 - 16:00)
08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Networking & Exhibition
09:00 - 10:30
HbbTV Symposium Fourth Session
Keynote: The HbbTV Chairman’s “State of the Nation” Address – Vincent Grivet - HbbTV Chairman on the current state of HbbTV and its strategy for the future.
Keynote: The latest on HbbTV Specifications and Related Activities – Jon Piesing - HbbTV Vice Chairman
Panel: Beyond traditional broadcast - a panel facing new delivery technology for HbbTV services
10:30 - 11:10
Coffee, Networking & Exhibition
11:30 - 13:00
HbbTV Symposium Fifth Session
Panel: The HbbTV value for Operators - an overview of the latest on HbbTV Operator Application
Panel: HbbTV and other Interactive Standards - a view of interactive standards other than HbbTV
13:00 - 13:55
Lunch, Networking & Exhibition
13:55 - 15:55
HbbTV Symposium Sixth Session
Panel: Improving the User Experience - an overview of new techniques to interact with content and services
Panel: Status Today and Ramp up for the Future
15:55 - 16:00
Chairman Closing Remarks - See you in 2020!

Main Topics

The programme includes keynote speakers, panels presentation and roundtable discussions, covering the following topics:

  • HbbTV deployements around the world
  • Improving viewers’ experience
  • Targeted Advertising and other means to monetize services with HbbTV
  • GDPR & ePrivacy
  • Content Media Security
  • HbbTV Best Practices
  • Delivering Advanced Viewing Experience
  • Cutting Edge Innovations
  • Tools and Techniques for Developing and Testing HbbTV
  • HbbTV and other standards


MEGARON Athens International Conference Centre
Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias and Kokkali 1
Athina 115 21

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Hotel Reservations

This year we are offering special room rates via our Event Office in Athens. Please use this Hotel Reservation Form to book your preferred hotel! Further down you will find a snapshot of the offering (prices for single rooms, early bookings are valid for confirmed reservations until 20th September, 2019.

CROWNE PLAZA*****, www.cpathens.com 
Early Booking: €130, Regular Booking: €165

GOLDEN AGE****, www.hotelgoldenage.com
Early Booking: €115, Regular Booking: €130

ILISIA HOTEL***, www.ilisiahotel.gr
Early Booking: €75, Regular Booking: €95

Room cancellations need to be done with this Hotel Cancellation Form.