ITU to Hold its First IPTV Interop Event Later this Month

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is set to hold its first IPTV interop event later this month at its headquarters in Geneva. Testing is scheduled to take place on July 20th and 21st, and vendors will be able to showcase interoperability to potential customers--i.e. broadcasters and content and service providers--on July 22nd and 23rd. According to the global standards body, the interoperability testing will revolve around its ITU-T IPTV standards, including H.701 (error recovery), H.721...

HbbTV Spec Approved by ETSI as HbbTV Consortium Draws Up Charter and Opens to New Members

--DTG Opens Consultation on Interoperability and Innovation on the UK's Digital Terrestrial Platform
The HbbTV Consortium --the group behind " Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV " ( HbbTV ), a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to the end-consumer through connected TV's and set-top boxes" (note: according to the Consortium, the HbbTV initiative is based on elements of existing specs, including OIPF, CEA, DVB and W3C specs; the consortium's founding members are ANT...

CreNova to Use ANT's HbbTV Platform for New Range of Hybrid Set-Top Boxes

--Boxes Will Enable Such Services as Interactive TV Advertising, VOD, Catch-Up
Cambridge, UK-based digital TV client software company, ANT , announced last week that Germany's CreNova Technology plans to build its new range of hybrid set-top boxes on the ANT Galio HbbTV platform. HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names David Mendels President and COO
--Clip in Touch Tapped by BMW for Personalized Mobile Video Ad Campaign
--Consumer Advocacy Groups Call for Probe of "TV Everywhere," NCTA's McSlarrow Responds
--DECE Announces "Key Milestones," Adds 21 Members
--ProVision Launches Multi-Room Wireless HDTV System
--Skype to Be Integrated into HDTV's from LG Electronics, Panasonic
--Tivit Device to Bring Mobile DTV to WiFi-Enabled Devices
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has named David Mendels president and COO, tasking him with driving its "global expansion strategy and operations." Mendels, who has been a member of Brightcove's board since late 2008, was most recently at Adobe where, according to Brightcove, "he was instrumental in accelerating the adoption of key platform technologies, including...

Cable Europe Labs Launches Initiative to Develop Next-Gen Middleware Spec for European Market

--Initiative Billed as Enabling Pan-European Footprint for Interactive TV Services
Cable Europe Labs on Monday announced the launch of a European Middleware Initiative , which aims to develop a next-generation middleware specification for the European market. The organization says that the initiative will accelerate the development of an open middleware platform for evolving applications and services, and will grow the footprint for and increase the speed of new interactive services. "Our members deliver the latest and greatest services to more than 73 million homes," Cable...

WHDI Releases 1.0 Specification for Uncompressed Multiroom HDTV Streaming

--Billed as Only Full 1080p/60Hz HD Wireless Solution for All CE, PC and Mobile Devices in the Home
WHDI ( Wireless Home Digital Interface ), a consortium of consumer electronics manufacturers tasked with developing an industry standard for multiroom video, audio and control connectivity, has announced the completion and availability of its WHDI 1.0 specification. According to the consortium, the new standard enables full 1080p/60Hz HD video with Deep Color at a distance of 100 feet and through walls. The consortium claims that no other wireless standard combines this level of quality and...

EBU General Assembly Endorses Hybrid Broadcast Broadband, Calls for Common Approach

--IMPALA Hails Freesat's Beta-Launch of MHEG Interaction Channel
The General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union (note: the latter, generally referred to as the EBU, is a confederation of 75 mostly public service broadcasters from 56 countries) has issued a public statement of support for " hybrid broadcast broadband " (i.e. for technologies that make "both broadcast and broadband available on the same television display"), describing the emerging phenomenon as "one of the most exciting developments in the media today."


Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) Specification Submitted to ETSI

--Recent HbbTV Interop Event Saw Participation by over 20 Companies
Germany's Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik (IRT) , a founding member of the industry consortium behind " Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV" (HbbTV) , a pan-European initiative that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection" (note: other consortium members include Canal+, France Televisions and TF1; satellite operator SES Astra; and software providers OpenTV, ANT and Opera...

ATIS's IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) Releases Three New IPTV Standards

Standards-development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) , on Tuesday announced the release of three new IPTV standards, which were recently completed by its IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), and which it says standardize multiple areas of the IPTV ecosystem. The organization says that the new standards cover a test plan for validating objective quality models in the context of IPTV services; IPTV software download sequence and remote management security considerations and requirements to...

ITU Approves New IPTV Standard, ITU-T H.770

--Standard Enables Users to Locate and Subscribe to Content from Different Independent Service Providers
Standards body, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , said Tuesday that it has given first stage approval (consent) to a new standard that enables an IPTV end-user to locate and subscribe to content coming from different, independent service providers. According to the organization, the standard--Recommendation ITU-T H.770-"Mechanisms for service discovery and selection for IPTV"--describes the mechanisms for service provider discovery, service discovery and selection. Services such as linear TV and video-on-demand are addressed, with metadata...