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HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2018 in Berlin, 14-15 November at ESMT Berlin

Geneva, July 9, 2018 — The 7th HbbTV Symposium and Awards will take place on November 14-15, 2018 at ESMT Berlin. This was announced today by 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.

The annual key event of the connected TV world targeting platform operators, broadcasters, advertisers, standards organisations and technology companies will be carried out in conjunction with German industry association Deutsche TV-Plattform and focus on Growing Value Through HbbTV.

“The broadcast and broadband worlds are increasingly converging through the rising popularity of OTT, video-on-demand and multiscreen services. At the same time, public and commercial broadcasters in several European countries are joining forces to create joint OTT platforms so that they can remain fully relevant in this new world,” said Vincent Grivet (TDF), Chair of the HbbTV Association. “As HbbTV is the natural technology platform for them to do so, the HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2018 in Berlin will provide the ideal opportunity to update on the current developments and the solutions HbbTV offers for quick market introduction as an open standard for a renovated TV experience.”

The speeches and presentations will include reviews of HbbTV deployments in new and existing markets, improving viewer experiences on broadcast, OTT and multiscreen platforms, advanced rights management and content protection solutions, targeted advertising and other monetisation opportunities and the prospects of Ultra HD, HDR, next-generation audio, virtual reality and augmented reality for broadcasters, platform operators and consumers.

Industry executives interested in presenting and discussing their case studies, experiences and views at the HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2018 are invited to submit their proposals by participating in the Call for Speakers.

Following last year’s event in Rome, which gathered the most important decision makers in the connected TV industry with more than 270 international industry executives representing 129 companies from 23 countries, 40 speakers and 18 sponsors, the HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2018 in Berlin will host the second edition of the HbbTV Awards featuring a wide range of categories designed to acclaim best practice and excellence in the HbbTV community.

The detailed conference agenda, a call for sponsorship and the call for entries to the HbbTV Awards will be published on the HbbTV website soon.

ESMT Berlin (Copyright ESMT Berlin)

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About HbbTV Association
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 networks. The specification uses elements of existing specifications from other standards including OIPF, CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C. With the incorporation of activities from the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) in 2014 and Smart TV Alliance in 2016, HbbTV is able to address service providers and technology suppliers for IPTV services as well as the combined scope of broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) services. More information: www.hbbtv.org

Contact HbbTV Association:
Heinrich E. Haase
Project Coordinator HbbTV Association
email: heinrich.haase@htbc.de
Tel: +49 160 96 25 37 92Press Contacts:
Thomas Fuchs
Fuchs Media Consult GmbH
email: tfuchs@fuchsmc.com
Tel: +49 171 4483 168

Holger Crump
Fuchs Media Consult GmbH
email: hcrump@fuchsmc.com
Tel: +49 151 401 404 93

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