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Invitation for developers to take part in a survey

Geneva, September 28, 2022

Dear developers in the HbbTV community,

The HbbTV Marketing & Education Working Group (MEWG) is seeking feedback on the current state of the development of HbbTV applications. We are keen to hear your opinions on the type of challenges your are facing as you build applications for the HbbTV ecosystem on a regular base.
 
We would ask you if you or someone from your development team could take some minutes aside and answer the survey below. Your feedback is highly appreciated and we will share the results in adequate form with interested HbbTV members.
 
To enter this survey please use the following link https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/JM5DQH3
 
The survey takes only 4 minutes to fill out. Please provide your input by October 11, 2022 (EoB).

Thank you for your participation.

Best regards,

Angelo Pettazzi
Chair HbbTV Marketing & Education Working Group

HbbTV releases Version 2022-2 of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite

Geneva, August 25, 2022 – The HbbTV Association is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite.

The new version, developed by the HbbTV Testing Group, is called v2022-2; it is the second major release of the Test Suite in 2022. The release contains a total of 3,000 test cases, including a mixture of tests that have been approved for the first time, and tests that were updated after feedback from users of the Test Suite.

Prior to this release, the HbbTV Testing Group held a testing event at the beginning of July 2022 to gather the evidence required for the test approval. 12 companies participated in the event, representing manufacturers, test material providers, and reviewers.

“The constant adjustment to market requirements and addition of further features is key to the strong industry acceptance of the HbbTV specifications among broadcasters, platform operators and hardware manufacturers as the standard for improving the TV experience and enabling new monetisation opportunities such as Targeted Advertising,” said Vincent Grivet, Chair of the HbbTV Association. “The release of the new HbbTV Conformance Test Suite version ensures that existing and new features quickly and smoothly reach HbbTV-compliant TV sets and set-top boxes.”

The HbbTV Conformance Test Suite is an important tool for device manufacturers to verify compliance of their products with the most current HbbTV specifications and their features. The Test Suite is available through one of the registered HbbTV test centres and, as a convenience, to HbbTV members for use in their own facilities.

For more information on the v2022-2 Test Suite, please visit www.hbbtv.org.

HbbTV expands DASH DRM Reference Application with multiperiod DASH and SL3000 tests

Geneva, June 20, 2022 – The HbbTV Association is pleased to announce a significant addition to its DASH DRM Reference Application – multiperiod DASH (as may result from server-side Ad Insertion (SSAI)) and PlayReady SL3000 as is being required more and more by US content providers.

The HbbTV Association introduced the HbbTV DASH DRM Reference Application in 2017, after recognising that DRM and DASH playback raised interoperability issues which were not covered fully in the HbbTV Test Suite. During its lifetime, the functionality of the application has been constantly improved under the guidance of the Improving Interoperability Task Force (IITF) of the HbbTV Association.

The HbbTV DASH DRM Reference Application offers PlayReady, Marlin and ClearKey protected test content, Live DASH content created with LiveSim from DASH-IF, multi-track audio streams, important elements for low-latency DASH, two alternatives for support of subtitles, MPD events, and much more, all in different resolutions and frame rates, up to 4K.

Among the most recent additions are multiperiod DASH tests with both live and VOD content. The development was closely tied to the ongoing development of the open-source video player library developed by DASH-IF, dash.js. Multiperiod DASH content covers a variety of use-cases of Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) and offers alongside a simple example also more difficult scenarios complete with subtitles, multiple ad breaks, multi-track audio switching and timeline gaps in component streams.

Another important new addition is enhanced content security tests in the form of Microsoft PlayReady Security Level 3000. This content, along with multiperiod DASH content, is now freely available for device and end-user testing at https://refapp.hbbtv.org.

At the centre of the project since its beginning has been comprehensive testing. HbbTV Association’s supplier compiles a monthly anonymised testing report, which provides a detailed overview of the current status of the implementations in the field while avoiding identifying any particular manufacturer’s product.

The HbbTV DASH DRM Reference Application is developed for the HbbTV Association by Sofia Digital, a Finland-based company specialising in video streaming and hybrid application development. New features being planned for the year 2022 include cbcs encryption mode for compatibility with Apple, key rotation examples and persistent DRM licenses.

The HbbTV DASH DRM Reference Application is a valuable tool for TV set manufacturers, broadcasters, and national testing regimes for testing TV sets and content regarding their support of different DASH video streams and DRM encryption decoding. The application implementation guidelines call for the code to be easily reusable for anyone to implement their own DASH video streaming application, and as the code is available under the MIT license, there’s no obstacle to achieve just that.

FOKUS Media Web Symposium 2022
The latest additions to the HbbTV DASH DRM Reference Application will also be discussed at the 9th FOKUS Media Web Symposium on June 21-22, 2022 in Berlin. The international conference organised by Fraunhofer FOKUS provides insights on new developments in internet-based media delivery.

HbbTV Webinar on new developments in DASH
The recent developments relating to DASH including PlayReady SL3000, multiperiod DASH and other features were also addressed in a webinar hosted by the HbbTV Association on June 13, 2022. The session, which featured speakers from Fraunhofer FOKUS, Sofia Digital and Digital UK, is available as replay. The presentations can be downloaded here.

HbbTV releases Version 2022-1 of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite

Geneva, April 6, 2022 – The HbbTV Association is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite.

The new version is called v2022-1; it is the first major release of the Test Suite in 2022. The release contains 3,002 test cases in total, and includes an increase of 101 approved test cases since the v2021-3 release.

Many of the tests, which were approved for the first time, are to increase test coverage for the Low Latency streaming and Targeted Advertising features, in addition to improving the quality of tests across many areas of the core HbbTV specification.

“The release of the new HbbTV Compliance Test Suite version, offering enhanced and increased verification possibilities, perfectly illustrates the constant adjustment of the HbbTV specifications to market requirements,” said Vincent Grivet, Chair of the HbbTV Association. “The extended Test Suite ensures that existing and new features, enriching viewers’ TV experience, quickly and smoothly reach HbbTV-compliant TV sets and set-top boxes.”

The HbbTV Conformance Test Suite is an important tool for device manufacturers to verify compliance of their products with the most current HbbTV specifications and their new features. The Test Suite is available through one of the registered HbbTV test centres and, as a convenience, to HbbTV members for use in their own facilities.

For more information on the v2022-1 Test Suite, please visit www.hbbtv.org.

HbbTV Association launches Developer Portal

Geneva, March 18, 2022 – The HbbTV Association has launched the HbbTV Developer Portal.

The free service, available at https://developer.hbbtv.org, targets software developers looking for an introductory guide on how to programme and run HbbTV applications and also provides technical information for advanced users as well as a forum where developers can share their experience and discuss technical matters.

The HbbTV Developer Portal contains tutorials, for example on setting up an on-screen message, handling the audio/video broadcast signal and interacting with the remote control as well as documentation of the API reference, a resource section with details on the HbbTV DASH/DRM reference application, the HbbTV Test Suite and other tools, a developer forum to discuss questions, and the latest news on the HbbTV specifications.

“We are proud and excited about the launch of the HbbTV Developer Portal which has been one of our main projects in 2021, driven by strong interest from the developer community. We are convinced that this new service, which complements the comprehensive resources and specification details on the HbbTV website, will make it easier for new broadcasters, platform operators and their app development partners to create compelling HbbTV applications, ensuring a great TV viewing experience,” said Vincent Grivet, Chair of the HbbTV Association.

The HbbTV Developer Portal was initiated by the HbbTV Association’s Marketing and Education Working Group (MEWG) and developed by App Stream, a software development company based in Zagreb, Croatia, in collaboration with experts from the HbbTV Association.