HbbTV= interoperability workshop completed

German= research organisation Institut fur Rundfunktechnik (IRT) has announced the completion of the first interoperability workshop for the upcoming Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) initiative, with representatives from over twenty different companies from across the value chain attending the three day event in Munich.

Live =satellite feeds containing HbbTV signalling plus text feeds, generated by IRT, provided the framework for ten companies to host their applications. More than ten manufacturers and software vendors performed interoperability testing against 17 different applications.

"We’re= delighted to have had such a strong response to the first HbbTV interoperability workshop," said Dr. Klaus Illgner-Fehns, Managing Director of the Institut für Rundfunktechnik. "The number of companies involved this week demonstrates the momentum that we’ve witnessed since HbbTV was formally announced in August 2009. While we’ve already seen excellent implementations at IFA, IBC and MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN, the interoperability workshop gave further support to those involved in getting further HbbTV products and services to market=."

At the same as the interoperability workshop was taking place, a 1.1.1 specification draft for HbbTV was submitted to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute= (ETSI).