Advanced Television


HbbTV hits 50

As IBC 2011 gets under way, the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) consortium has revealed that since opening for membership in May 2011, it has now reached fifty members. HbbTV is an industry initiative that brings together broadcast and broadband TV services into one seamless user experience. The HbbTV standard utilises existing standards and web […]

September 8, 2011Colin Mann @ IBC

Kabelkiosk HbbTV on Eutelsat

Kabelkiosk is launching an HbbTV interactive service ‘interaktiv’ on Eutelsat. The ‘headend in the sky’ platform offer will include VoD, catch-up TV, and local information with VoD services delivered on a platform operated by Rovi. Individual channels delivered by KabelKiosk will also be able to use interaktiv for catch-up TV, VoD, EPG services and red […]

September 7, 2011

Harvard HbbTV STBs

Harvard International has announced the launch of a new range of free-to-air HD set top boxes with HbbTV based companion device (smart phone or tablet computer) functionality. The range will provide consumers with a simple way to upgrade and future-proof their TV experience, enabling consumers to be more digitally connected than ever before. It will […]

August 10, 2011

DTG: Connected TV needs standards

Acknowledging that it was “great” that a lot of innovation was happening in connected TV, Simon Gauntlett, Technology Director at the Digital TV Group (DTG) has declared that to achieve a mass-market solution, which ensures consumers enjoy a great experience, common standards need to be agreed and adopted across the industry. He told delegates at […]

July 21, 2011By Colin Mann

RTVE, Mediaset and Telefonica to launch HbbTV

In an unprecedented move, public broadcaster RTVE, Mediaset Spain, owner of commercial TV channels Tele 5 and Cuatro and operator of other DTT channels like Fiction Factory, La Siete, Boing and Divinity, and telco Telefonica have entered into an alliance to trial a joint HbbTV service. The service will allow the viewer to have access […]

July 15, 2011From David Del Valle in Madrid

Sony chief: Google TV will return

Gildas Perriet, Managing Director Sony UK and Ireland, says Google TV will reappear in some form in the future. Sony was one of the original set suppliers following its launch at the end of 2010, prior to the service being put on hold at the end of the year, ostensibly to refine its software. “Google […]

July 6, 2011By Colin Mann

Spain starts first HbbTV broadcasts

Mediaset Spain, owner of commercial TV channels Tele 5 and Cuatro and operator of other DTT channels like Fiction Factory, La Siete, Boing and Divinity , has started first HbbTV transmission aimed at boosting the connected TV market. Telecinco is offering its news programmes and prime time fiction series Piratas and Angel o Demonio, as […]

June 20, 2011From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain backs HbbTV standard

Electronics manufacturers, TV broadcasters and the Government have lined up to support the HbbTV standard as a way to introduce hybrid TV following the model in France and Germany. Manufacturers believe the market will grow strongly over the next few years. Panasonic forecasts that in 2012 there will be 2 million Internet-ready TV sets in […]

June 3, 2011From David Del Valle in Madrid

Spain HbbTV trial

Mediaset España, owner of commercial TV channels Tele 5 and Cuatro and operator of other four DTT channels (Factoria de Ficcion, La Siete, Boing and Divinity), and telco operator Telefonica have signed an agreement to develop an HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) service with a trial to be launched shortly, according to both companies. The […]

May 20, 2011By David Del Valle in Madrid

InOutTV chooses Opera browser for TV platform

Opera Software has confirmed that InOutTV, the largest OTT operator in Spain, has chosen the Opera browser for their television platform. This opens the door for advanced web technologies adoption as a seamless means to bring content to users running Opera on their TVs. Opera is a key enabler making content and applications available on […]

May 18, 2011