HbbTV Specification Approved by ETSI


Initiative opens for membership


1st July 2010, The HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) consortium today announced the approval of version 1.1.1 of the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV specification by European standards agency ETSI. The specification was submitted to ETSI by the founding members of the HbbTV consortium who are also ETSI members. The approval of the specification, listed as ETSI TS 102 796, coincides with the formal establishment of the HbbTV consortium. The consortium charter, signed by all of the founding members, signals the opening of the consortium for membership for organisations wanting to become involved in the group’s activities and is a significant development for HbbTV.

The membership charter details such areas as the operational framework, activity scope, IPR policy, membership fees, voting procedures and associated terms. The opening of HbbTV membership enables new participants to actively contribute to the requirements, maintenance and development of the specification and to have early access to updates as the specification evolves. Members will also be able to contribute to the development of the HbbTV test suite, certification regime and promotion of HbbTV as a format. Organisations interested in joining the consortium should contact membership@hbbtv.org.

HbbTV was first announced in August 2009 with the aim of harmonising the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TV’s and set-top boxes. The HbbTV initiative now lists over 60 supporters on its website from broadcasters, software providers and CE (Consumer Electronics) device manufacturers. Following a number of product demonstrations at IFA and IBC, the first HbbTV devices began shipping in Germany in December 2009. The Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), the French government regulatory body for TV, has also expressed its support for HbbTV with the introduction of interactive services and applications based on the HbbTV specification in France expected in 2011.

Klaus Illgner-Fehns, Chair of the HbbTV consortium said: “The approval of version 1.1.1 of the specification by ETSI, combined with the finalisation and signing of the membership charter, are important milestones for the initiative. The recent completion of the second HbbTV interoperability event also demonstrates widespread support and commitment from across the value chain for the HbbTV initiative.”

About HbbTV
Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or “HbbTV”, is a major new pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes. 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 specifications including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C. The HbbTV founding members are: ANT Software Limited, EBU, France Televisions, Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, OpenTV Inc, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V Inc., Samsung, SES ASTRA S.A, Sony Corporation, Television Francaise 1 – TF1. Further information can be found at www.hbbtv.org

Press Contacts
Ben Lawrence
ANT Software Limited
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 716 400
Email: ben.lawrence@hbbtv.org

Thomas Schierbaum
Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik GmbH
Telephone: +49 (0)89 323 99 204
Email: presse@irt.de


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Contact HbbTV Association:
Angelo Pettazzi
Chair HbbTV Marketing and Education Working Group (MEWG)
email: angelo.pettazzi@kineton.it
Tel: +39 335 7614 596