HbbTV partners release test suite

The group of companies behind Europe’s Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) initiative have issued the first release of their test suite for compliant CE devices.

Covering a wide selection of aspects of the HbbTV 1.1.1 specification, the test suite will be used as part of the HbbTV Certification Program, and includes specifications, test material and a dedicated program to run the test material.

The HbbTV Test Group will now begin working to extend the test suite, and the second release will add further coverage of the HbbTV 1.1.1 specification and address the HbbTV 1.5 specification, including MPEG DASH.

The HbbTV project is a pan-European initiative set up by some of the continent’s leading broadcasters and equipment vendors to offer TV viewers an easy way to access both traditional broadcast and new broadband-delivered services through connected TVs and set-top boxes.

Several countries have already started introducing HbbTV-based trials and services, including France, Germany and Spain, and adoption announcements have so far been made in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey.

Trials have also been announced in a number of countries outside Europe, including Australia, China, Japan and the US. UK broadcasters meanwhile are placing their weight behind the YouView platform which was launched just last month.

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