HbbTV seeks standardisation

December 7, 2009

Munich’s Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT), which is developing the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV protocol (HbbTV), has submitted the HbbTV 1.1.1 specification draft to international standards body, ETSI.

When ETSI has processed the application it will be set to the Broadcast Joint Technical Committee for approval, hopefully by the end of January.

This would mean that HbbTV specs could be published in March, enabling HbbTV products and services to come to market.

The spec utilises elements of standards and Web technologies such as OIPF, CEA, DVB and W3C.

HBB has been described by the General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union as “one of the most exciting developments in the media today”.

As well as HbbTV, other HBB systems include Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) which is moving forward in Italy, and Project Canvas, the on-demand TV partnership between BBC, ITV, Channel Five and BT.


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