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.
Visit www.hbbtv.org for more information
Polish state broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) has produced an HbbTV application to support the Euro 2012 football championships co-hosted by Poland. The HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television) standard was founded by a consortium of broadcasting and electronics companies including SES (operator of the ASTRA satellites) to enable content delivered via the Internet to be seamlessly integrated with broadcast TV, and the TVP Euro 2012 app provides interactive on-screen information on players, match statistics, viewer polls, etc alongside broadcast coverage of the football.
TVP will provide further HbbTV apps to support its programming after the Euro 2012 championships end on July 1.
Visit www.tvp.pl for further information
Three manufacturers have been confirmed to produce ‘next generation’ receivers for the UK’s free-to-air satellite service Freesat later this year. Humax, Manhattan and Sagemcom will produce the new hybrid boxes, which run the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) platform, established by broadcasting and electronics companies including SES (operator of the ASTRA satellites). HbbTV enables content delivered via the Internet, such as catch up services and television ‘apps', to be seamlessly integrated with broadcast TV via satellite. Freesat broadcasts via the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites.
Visit www.freesat.co.uk for further information