The Asociación Española de Televisión Digital Interactiva (AEDETI) and the HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, are pleased to announce that the Spanish Digital TV Tech Forum (Foro Técnico de la Televisión Digital) has adopted the new standard HbbTV 2 version 2.0.1 in its DTT receiver’s specification for the Spanish market.
AEDETI spearheaded the Forum’s adoption of HbbTV 2 with the participation of Spanish TV broadcasters and CE manufacturers. This update will apply to the TDT Hibrida ecosystem – based on the Spanish Digital TV Tech Forum specification – and the implementation of HbbTV 2 will be a mandatory requirement to obtain TDT Hibrida certification. HbbTV 2 brings new functionality to HbbTV terminals and enables features including enhanced dynamic ad insertion, improved accessibility, seamless cross-device viewing and standardized Ultra HD delivery with HEVC.
“With this update, Spanish DTT can bring new interactivity and other advanced features to TV sets and companion screens,” said Jose Luis Vázquez, Chair of AEDETI, “The adoption of HbbTV 2 marks an important step forward for the Spanish TV market.”
“We’re excited to see HbbTV 2 being adopted in mature markets as well as new ones,” stated Klaus Illgner, Chair of the HbbTV Association, “Spain joins a growing list of countries adopting the new HbbTV standard, including the UK, Italy and the Nordics.”
About AEDETI (www.aedeti.es)
The Spanish Association of Interaction Television was born in 2008 with the objective of spreading the news about interaction and maintaining a fluent dialogue with the Spanish Administration, professional sector associations, Broadcasters, advertisers, operators and electronic manufacturers to contribute to the Information Society development. AEDETI is set up by companies that extend from application developers to equipment manufacturers, reflecting the whole value chain inherited to interactivity.
About HbbTV Association (www.hbbtv.org)
Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (or “HbbTV”) is a global initiative aimed at harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to consumers through connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The HbbTV specification is developed by industry leaders to improve the video user experience for consumers by enabling innovative, interactive services over broadcast and broadband networks. The specification uses elements of existing specifications from other standards including OIPF, CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C. In June 2014, the activities of the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) were transferred to the HbbTV Association. This broadened the HbbTV Association’s mandate to include defining specifications for service providers and technology suppliers that streamline and accelerate deployment of IPTV services.