FIcontent at IBC2015

At IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, the FIcontent partner IRT presented an HbbTV 2.0 showcase which was developed in the scope of several projects, including FIcontent, HBB4ALL, global ITV, TVRing; etc. The presentation was part of the IRT booth during the exhibition. The prototype services were developed by IRT in joint cooperation with RBB Innovation Projects and TV manufacturer Samsung.

The HbbTV 2.0 specification was published early 2015. It supports the latest web standards like HTML 5, and combines live streaming using MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) and subtitles based on the EBU-TT-D specification.

These technologies specifically also allow the realisation of novel, more flexible and personalisable accessibility services, notably subtitling services. TV subtitles have been an established service for decades, but in the Internet, subtitles for live streaming are still limited due to the lack of a standardised solution. In combination with MPEG-DASH, EBU-TT-D provides such a solution and also enables a common subtitle format to be used for video on demand services of the broadcasters like catch-up TV.

The showcase successfully demonstrated such services at IBC and IFA, based on a Samsung HbbTV 2.0 prototype device. Market launch for first HbbTV 2.0 devices is expected for 2016.


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