The Czech Republic state broadcaster Česká Televize (CT) has added two children’s online applications to the HbbTV services offered alongside its broadcast channels. One app provides information and video on children’s programmes broadcast on CT channels and the second offers an interactive children’s video-based quiz for up to four viewers. Both apps are accessed via the Red Button on HbbTV TVs and set-top boxes.
According to Polish public broadcaster, Telewizja Polska (TVP), HbbTV services on its hybrid broadcast/online platform are now used by more than 320,000 viewers in Poland. TVP expects this to rise to 500,000 by the end of the year.
Viewers of German commercial channel RTL using an HbbTV set-top box or smart TV can now access the Dooloop online music channel. Dooloop joins the Clipfish music channel on RTL’s free red button service but offers less charts-orientated music with track selection by genre.
The TVP Regionalna regional channels from Polish state broadcaster, Telewizja Polska (TVP) are now available across Europe to viewers of the main and thematic TVP channels using HbbTV compatible equipment connected to the internet.
German broadcasters offer more than 70 apps for smart (internet-connected) TVs and set-top boxes using the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) standard, generating many millions of views, according to a report by the Deutsche TV Platform.
Polish public broadcaster, Telewizja Polska (TVP) says that over 160,000 viewers each month now use its HbbTV apps, up from 1500 users/month when it launched the HbbTV service for Euro 2012.
The HbbTV Association is licensing the HbbTV logo for use on consumer equipment so buyers can confirm a device’s compatibility and interoperability with other HbbTV gear. All devices sporting the HbbTV logo have to pass the HbbTV Association’s compatibility tests.
A low cost receiver for the Freetime EPG from UK free-to-air broadcasting platform Freesat has been launched by STB maker, Humax. The HB-1000S costs £99 and includes access to catch-up TV, and missed programmes of the past seven days, viewing recommendations, and HbbTV compatibility, as well as over 150 free-to-air SD and HD Freesat channels.
The Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard, currently deployed across Europe is set to spread worldwide with the start of a campaign by the HbbTV Consortium to increase global acceptance of the standard and ‘push hybrid television services closer toward becoming a standard feature on connected TVs everywhere.’
Following 18 months of broadcast tests, Spain is to adopt the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television (HbbTV) standard for connected, or smart, TVs and set-top boxes. HbbTV enables content delivered via the Internet to be integrated with broadcast TV and was established by the HbbTV consortium of broadcasting and electronics companies, including SES (operator of the ASTRA satellites). HbbTV has also been adopted in Austria, France, Germany and Holland.
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