The new HbbTV 2.0 standard should “hopefully” be released later this year and will include four new features contributed by the EU-supported HBB-NEXT project according to HBB-Next technical coordinator Michael Probst.
The Spanish electronic industry and TV broadcasters have agreed to use a common DRM system to protect HbbTV services and content, according to AEDETI – Spain’s interactive TV trade body incorporating interactive digital audiovisual media covering the entire value chain between between application developers and equipment manufacturers.
There is many a debate (especially on the TV Forums of LinkedIn) surrounding the Interactive TV Specification of HbbTV. Many people are already hailing its success due to the fact that it has been selected in a handful of countries with interest and deployment growing elsewhere. Even the DTG in the UK has added an HbbTV profile to its D-Book Spec.
ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announces that its NetFront™ Browser NX 2.0, one of the industry’s earliest HbbTV 1.5-compliant WebKit-based browsers, has been integrated with Fortis’ HbbTV ready set-top box and is available in German retail outlets. The NetFront solution will also be available for other European markets as they roll out HbbTV services.
At IBC 2012, httv, the France and Singapore based solutions provider for Digital TV, will showcase the first commercial deployment of its STB turnkey solution: “httvBOX”. Televes, a leading European STB manufacturer, has chosen httv’s httvBOX firmware solution to launch its HbbTV compliant set top box.