The HbbTV Association to join panel at Digital Broadcasting Africa Forum 2016


GENEVA — May 2, 2016 — 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, is delighted to announce their panel participation at the Digital Broadcasting Africa Forum 2016, taking place from May 11th – 13th in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Digital Broadcasting Africa Forum continues a legacy of African Switchover forum events, celebrating and highlighting the changes in broadcasting over the last decade. An essential influencer on digital switchover policy and regulations for African Broadcasters and ICT sectors, the event will be attended by a distinguished audience of policymakers, regulators, broadcaster and network infrastructure providers. Keith Potter – representing the HbbTV Association – will be speaking on the panel “How is the Internet likely to impact broadcasting?” on May 13th.

HbbTV has seen wide adoption across the African continent. The standard is already deployed in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Namibia for their DTT Switch Over and is deploying in Gambia Madagascar, and Mauritius. South Africa has selected HbbTV for their DSO Satellite coverage.

“We look forward to participating at the Digital Broadcasting Africa Forum next month and are honoured to be able to share our HbbTV knowledge and expertise,” stated Klaus Illgner, chair, HbbTV Association, “We believe HbbTV technology is well-matched to bringing interactive services to emerging markets. It can deliver important services – including e-government and education information – without an internet connection and the open standard’s large ecosystem of suppliers allows for no tie-in with proprietary technology providers.”


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About HbbTV Association (
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.


HbbTV Association Contacts:
Kirk Edwardson and Régis Saint Girons
Co-Chairs, HbbTV Marketing Group


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Contact HbbTV Association:
Angelo Pettazzi
Chair HbbTV Marketing and Education Working Group (MEWG)
Tel: +39 335 7614 596