HbbTV Momentum Continues to Grow New Members, Services and Countries Deploying
GENEVA — Oct 28, 2014 —The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, today announced it is achieving strong global momentum with new members, contributions and deployments.
Within the last 12 months the HbbTV Association has achieved membership growth of 25%, has had hundreds of apps deployed, and grown adoption to over 20 countries – including services launched outside of Europe. Additionally a growing range of devices supporting the standard have been released and it is now estimated that there are more than 20 million devices with HbbTV compatibility.
Over the last year, the HbbTV Association membership has grown to 74 members. HbbTV is enjoying a worldwide growth moving out of Europe, with testing and deployment taking place in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. This has led to a significant increase in the availability of enabled devices, with new broadcasters going live and a variety of services being deployed. The recent HbbTV Symposium Europe on October 8th and 9th was attended by more than 200 delegates from 28 countries demonstrating HbbTV’s growing recognition as an international TV standard.
“We are truly excited to see HbbTV achieve traction across the globe. It is rewarding to see the rich innovation that is made possible with HbbTV and its impact on TV viewers around the world” said Klaus Illgner, chair, HbbTV Association. “We remain dedicated to continuing our work to the benefit of the global TV community. To this end, the HbbTV Association continues to focus on extending the scope of its standard and providing the tools to help its implementation to benefit the entire eco-system. ”
For further information about the HbbTV Association visit: www.hbbtv.org
About HbbTV Association (www.hbbtv.org/)
Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (or “HbbTV”) is a global initiative aimed at harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to consumers through connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The HbbTV specification is developed by industry leaders to improve the video user experience for consumers by enabling innovative, interactive services over broadcast and broadband networks. The specification uses elements of existing specifications from other standards including OIPF, CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C. In June 2014, the activities of the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) were transferred to the HbbTV Association. This broadened the HbbTV Association’s mandate to include defining specifications for service providers and technology suppliers that streamline and accelerate deployment of IPTV services.
HbbTV Association Contacts:
Kirk Edwardson and Régis Saint Girons
Co-Chairs, HbbTV Marketing Group