OIPF and HbbTV collaborate on testing of common technologies crucial to global interactive TV deployments

September 7, 2012

New Initiative accelerates the creation of a mass market of interoperable IP-connected TVs and STBs for applications and services

September 7, 2012 - The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) and the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) Consortium today announced their collaboration on the testing of technologies common to IPTV and enhanced broadcast environments. These include testing the Declarative Application Environment (colloquially referred to as the “OIPF browser”) and the Media Formats specifications that are currently being implemented in retail connected TVs and STBs in those regions where hybrid services based on the HbbTV specification are deployed.

This initiative enhances the cooperation that began a year ago and has now delivered common procedures for the development, review and acceptance of test material by engineers from both OIPF and HbbTV. Test material can be used by any test tool implementing the defined interface specifications which permits its use via IP or broadcast techniques. These procedures and specifications define a testing environment that can be used in product development, acceptance testing by service providers, and formal conformance testing at test centres.

The results of this co-operation will be included in the first release of the OIPF Test Suite expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013 and the second release of the HbbTV Test Suite expected in the second half of 2013. These test suites are essential for improving interoperability between connected TV applications, services and receivers and reduce the costs related to resolving interoperability problems.

Dr Klaus Illgner-Fehns, Chair HbbTV Consortium, comments “Test material is expensive to develop, and sharing the costs between the two organisations will result in more test material being created earlier than would be possible without the co-operation.” “Furthermore”, he adds, “reviewing test material is time consuming, and sharing this between the members of the two organisations will result in both organisations’ test suites also being available earlier”.

Dr Nilo Mitra, OIPF President, says “Having one set of test material for the common technologies of both organizations delivers significant cost saving for companies who want to benefit from implementing both organizations’ specifications.” “Moreover”, he notes, “the referencing of the OIPF browser by various regional standards throughout the world will lead to greater value of its testing and increase the number of compliant and interoperable devices worldwide.”

Other aspects of the successful cooperation between these two organizations include enhancements to the OIPF browser to support additional requirements arising from the deployment of browser-based television applications.

For further information please contact:

Darren J Vogel (OIPF Marketing Director):  djv@oipf.tv   +44 7973 506398

OIPF Secretariatpress@oipf.tv +33 492 94 43 83

Ben Lawrence, ANT Software Limited,
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 716 400
Email: ben.lawrence@hbbtv.org

Thomas Schierbaum, Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH
Telephone: +49 (0)89 323 99 204
Email: presse@irt.de

OIPF members will be present at IBC 2012, with expert members available to answer questions on OIPF Stands 129-130 of the Connected World (Hall 14). We welcome interview and meeting requests. Please contact Darren (djv@oipf.tv, Skype - djvogel) or book an appointment  online: http://www.oipf.tv/events/upcoming-events/ibc-2012

About OIPF:

The Open IPTV Forum enables and accelerates creation of a mass market for IPTV by defining and publishing free-of-charge standards-based specifications for end-end IPTV services of the future.

Founding members Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Orange - FT Group, Panasonic, Philips (now TP Vision), Samsung, Sony Corporation and Telecom Italia, have since been joined by the following leading industry stakeholders:

Alcatel-Lucent, ANT Software, BBC, Bouygues Telecom, Broadpeak, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Digisoft.tv, D-Link, Dolby, Dotscreen, DTS, Espial, Fraunhofer, Gemalto, Huawei, Humax, HwaCom, Intel, Intertrust Technologies, IRT, ITRI, JT Global, KDDI, MediaTek Inc, Motorola, Mstar Semiconductor, Nagra/Kudelski, Opera Software, PCCW, Penki Kontinentai, RAI, Rogers, Rovi, Saudi Telecom, 3 Screen Solutions, SES-Astra, Sharp, Sigma Designs, Stingray Digital,Technicolor, The Weather Network, TeliaSonera, Testronics, TNO, Toshiba, Verimatrix, Zenterio, ZTE and Zyxel.

Members of the Open IPTV Forum are working together on the development of open specifications because they recognise that combining the expertise of all parties involved will help to streamline and accelerate deployments of IPTV technologies. Their aim is to make the next generation of IPTV a mass-market service and to maximise the benefits of IPTV and Connected TVs for consumers as well as the industry.

As a collaborative industry body the OIPF has incorporated existing standards wherever possible – OIPF standards are also being adopted by complementary groups including HbbTV.

A forthcoming device certification and IOT program will see the OIPF logo appearing on numerous services and devices, aiding consumers, service providers and manufacturers as new technologies are delivered to retail, end user living rooms and across multiple mobile screens.

Potential new members are welcomed across the communications and entertainment industries, including network operators, content providers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and home and network infrastructure providers.

In 2012 a reduced membership fee has been introduced to encourage participation from smaller, innovative businesses and application developers who want to work with CE device vendors to agree common standards for enriched entertainment - email join@oipf.tv.

About HbbTV:

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or “HbbTV” is a major pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes. The HbbTV specification was developed by industry leaders to effectively manage the rapidly increasing amount of content available targeted at today’s end consumer. It is based on elements of existing specifications including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C.

The HbbTV consortium has over 60 members including: Abertis Telecom, ACCESS, ALTRAN Telecom & Media, ANT Software Limited, Arcelik, SES ASTRA, AwoX, Digital TV Labs, Dolby Laboratories, Digital TV Group, European Broadcasting Union, Eutelsat, France 24, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer IIS, France Televisions, httv, HyperPanel Lab, INFONOVA, Intertrust, Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, Irdeto, Iwedia Serbia, KAONMEDIA, LG Electronics, Loewe Opta Gmbh, Marusys Co Ltd, MIT-xperts, MStar Semiconductor, nacamar, NAGRA, NDS, Nordija, Ocean Blue Software, Opera Software, Optiva Media, Panasonic Europe, ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, Red Bee Media, RTL Group, Samsung, Selevision, Sharp Electronica Espana S.A, Sichuan Changhong Electric, SmarDTV, SmiT, Sofia Digital, Sony Corporation, SRG SSR, S&T, Stofa, STMicroelectronics, TARA Systems, TDF Group, Television Francaise 1 – TF1, TP Vision, Toshiba Corporation, T-Systems, Televisió de Catalunya, Telecom Technology Center, TWC, Vestel, Viaccess and Wyplay.

Further information can be found at www.hbbtv.org

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