HbbTV Statement Regarding Possible Security Concerns


GENEVA — June 26, 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, issued the following statement in response to recent articles based on academic research by Yossi Oren and Angelos Keromytis of Columbia University Network Security Lab suggesting security concerns with the HbbTV standard.

“HbbTV welcomes and appreciates the academic research on security threats in set-top boxes and TVs based on our specifications. The HbbTV Association continuously reviews such situations and has determined that there is limited potential for a security breach based on this research” said Klaus Illgner, Chair, HbbTV Association. “Nevertheless, as ever, our upcoming HbbTV specification will include further appropriate security solutions.”For further information about the HbbTV Association visit: https://hbbtv.fvdev.ca/

About HbbTV Association (www.hbbtv.org)

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (or “HbbTV”) is a major global 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, MPEG-DASH and W3C.

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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