HbbTV and Hybrid TV activities and solutions by Fraunhofer FOKUS
HybridTV, connected TV, SmartTV, all those synonyms are currently used to describe a new kind of TV devices providing capabilities to display internet services and web content. These applications and services are offered in parallel to traditional digital TV channels. Programs are enriched with additional content related to the TV channel. Most popular services are portal services, online video libraries, or sketch up TV databases and HD Teletext, which is the next expansion stage of the well known teletext. All those hybrid services have one thing common - they combine traditional TV offers with value added content coming from the internet. The content is web-based and rendered by a web browser with extensions for CE devices (CE-HTML and HTML5 with TV extensions).
Several standardization bodies are currently working on hybrid TV platforms. The most important are HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV)
, W3C with its Web and TV interest group
, as well as the OIPF (Open IPTV Forum)
. Fraunhofer FOKUS supports actively all three standardization efforts with contributions and proof-of-concept implementations as well as interoperability testing.
These activities generates our deep knowlegde and independent view on all different technologies used abroad the specific platforms and implementations in this rapidly growing market segment.
- Drive standardization towards converged environments incorporating managed & unmanaged solutions.
- Push Co-operation of Telcos, Broadcasters & CEs to enable real convergence between communications, Web and content
- Drive the idea of Packaged Applications for application deployment and generic APIs for device and service access
- Build prototypes to show gaps and advantages of different kind of technologies
- Help CEs, Telcos and broadcasters on technology elaboration
- Utilizing Web technologies for signaling, application logic & user interfaces
- Bringing together the different technologies and create interoperability
Prototyping and proof-of-concept development
We are building applications and services that conform to standards such as HbbTV, CE-HTML and Open IPTV Forum (OIPF).
Current examples include:
HbbTV Car configurator (uses HbbTV playout for “red button” functionality)
Services for the German ID Card (Video on Demand, Bookstore, eGovernment Services)
FOKUS MEGASTORE (Cross-platform app store for web apps)
CE-HTML compliant service portals for various partners (print media, broadcast, content provider, online catalogues, weather …)
Interactive Games for Hybrid TV (single and multiplayer games as Mahjong, Pong, TiCTacToe, …)
Comprehensive white label portals
Interoperability Workshops and standardization
HbbTV Interoperability Workshops
As HbbTV member we have regularly participated at HbbTV Interoperability Workshops, which allows us to keep in contact and exchange experiences with hardware manufacturers and content providers. This increases our competence regarding the quickly evolving standard HbbTV by working with the latest hard and software.
OIPF Interoperability Events
As OIPF member we are participating and have successfully hosted two times the OIPF interoperability-event, which allow us to keep in contact and exchange experiences with hardware manufacturers, service providers and content providers. Furthermore Fraunhofer FOKUS has coordinated the first OIPF Proof-of-Concept deployment in Singapore 2010.