HbbTV Symposium to reveal standard's rapid development
| 02 October 2014
Aiming to tap into the momentum that the standard has gained over the last few months, the HbbTV Association and the French HD Forum are hosting 'HbbTV Symposium: Europe 2014'.

The hybrid broadcast broadband TV standard is designed to provide an open technology platform that combines broadcast TV services with those delivered via broadband, enabling access to Internet-only services for consumers using connected TVs and set-top boxes. The standard has gained popularity over the last few months with companies such as online video services provider Brightcove which confirmed support for HbbTV in June 2014 and satellite operator Eutelsat which announced in September 2014 that it was teaming with MStar Semiconductor, Aston and Quadrille Ingénierie to launch advance push video-on-demand (VOD) services based around version 2.0 of HbbTV.

The goal of the symposium — scheduled to take place on 8-9 October at the Espace Landowski in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris, France — is to provide attendees with the latest knowledge to develop and apply advanced hybrid TV strategies. It is intended for leaders from the HbbTV community, including operators, broadcasters, standard bodies and technology companies will review the latest developments and approaches to designing, building, and launching successful HbbTV services with interactive presentations and panel sessions.

"HbbTV has grown from a European initiative to a worldwide standard. We are pleased with the quality and calibre of the organisations coming from all over Europe as well as from Africa and Australia. It is a reflection of the growing international momentum and interest in HbbTV," commented Klaus Illgner, HbbTV chairman, and Regis Saint Girons, president of the French HD Forum. "One of the key objectives of the HbbTV Association is to bring the latest in hybrid TV services to broadcasters and operators across the world. This is an exciting opportunity for those following and deploying HbbTV to learn more about HbbTV services, case studies and our technology roadmap."