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HBB-NEXT: Tailoring and Synchronising HbbTV with Multiple Second Screens

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Presentation at the IP&TV World Forum, 21 March 2012 by

M. Oskar van Deventer (TNO),
Jeroen Vanattenhoven (KU Leuven),
Eugen Mikoczy (Slovak Telecom)

 


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Hybrid TV for Europe in 2012

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The EBU's 67th General Assembly in Geneva opened with the announcement that 24 members have agreed to collaborate to unlock the full potential of Hybrid TV for a European rollout of the technology in 2012, writes David Fox.

 

Hybrid or Connected TV combines traditional viewing with internet and smart device applications to enhance what viewers can watch on their TV. The group will cooperate in exchanging best practices and support each another to push through a fast, comprehensive rollout of hybrid TV, on the understanding that only high quality, creative content will enable hybrid technology to fulfil its potential and only a flexible, cross-border approach will create the necessary impetus.

 

In signing up to the Hybrid TV project, these EBU Members make a commitment both to open standards, like HbbTV, MHP and MHEG5, and to delivering a compelling new experience to their audiences.


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European public broadcasters take to HbbTV

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Momentum behind the HbbTV hybrid standard designed to unify broadcast and broadband services behind a common user interface is gathering pace in Europe outside the UK with trials or deployments by several major public broadcasters. Even in the UK, HbbTV is gaining some ground, having been adopted there by the Digital TV Group (DTG), responsible for digital terrestrial broadcasting, in the 7th edition of its D-Book. This defines the interoperability specification for UK digital terrestrial television, and by endorsing HbbTV, the DTG has created some confusion since the country appeared to be adopting an alternative platform, YouView. This is a consortium backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Channel Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva, aiming to launch its proposed hybrid broadcast and broadband platform in February 2012. As provider of the UK’s terrestrial infrastructure, Arqiva now appears to have a foot in both the YouView and HbbTV camps, so the future course of UK hybrid DTT services is unclear.

 

Outside the UK, though, Europe is rallying behind HbbTV, with NPO (the Dutch public broadcasting organization) conducting HbbTV trials on the Canal Digital satellite DTH platform and on the Ziggo cable networks, according to Dutch magazine Totaal TV. The Canal Digital trials are kicking off with Sony Bravia connected TV sets that have built-in satellite tuners as well as HbbTV support. Other leading CE manufacturers, including Philips and Samsung, plan to pile into the burgeoning Dutch hybrid market with HbbTV enabled TVs by the end of the year. The services will include an HbbTV “red button” that will enable interactive services combining linear and Internet content to be unified within personalized EPGs.


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Recording and Delivery of HbbTV Applications

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In this research paper, Jean-Claude Dufourd, Stéphane Thomas and Cyril Concolato have explored the different issues raised by the recording and on-demand playback of broadcast HbbTV services containing interactive applications. They proposed a set of HbbTV native tools for the base of the system, DASH tools for adding random access to MPEG-2 TS in the user recording case, and also adding HTTP streaming in catch-up systems. They proposed guidelines to application developers and small extensions to HbbTV. They described possible implementations based on MPEG-2 TS and discussed an alternative based on ISOBMFF.

 

Future work includes the implementation of a recording functionality in their in-progress open source HbbTV player, the checking of recording guidelines in their HbbTV application validation software, proposing the extensions described above for standardization in the next version of HbbTV, and exploring the playback of HbbTV services on non-HbbTV devices such as mobiles and tablets in the context of convergence in the home.

 

READ PAPER HERE : http://biblio.telecom-paristech.fr/cgi-bin/download.cgi?id=11193


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Everyone following their own path with HBB

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Do not expect rationalisation of standards and anything close to a pan-European, let alone a global specification for hybrid broadcast broadband (HBB). That was the message from a panel of experts at the OTT TV World Summit on Wednesday. Anthony Smith-Chaigneau, Chairman of the DVB-GEM Commercial Module, which determines what the DVB interactive TV standard needs to deliver for the market, suggested the problem is not a technical one but a human one. “There are plenty of standards but nobody is choosing them,” he said. “Everyone is fighting each other and following their own path.”


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