HbbTV 2.0 Companion Screen and Media Synchronization Framework
What is it about?
Key technologies and standards:
- HbbTV 2.0 HbbTVCSManager API
- HbbTV 2.0 MediaSynchronizer API
- HTML5, WebSocket
- SSDP, DIAL, DVB-CSS
- Node.js, Android, iOS, Cordova
Why use the Companion Screen and Media Synchronization Framework?
Show additional Content on Companion Screens:
The end-user can launch the broadcaster's companion application on his smartphone or tablet just in one interaction with the HbbTV application. With Network Service Discovery in HbbTV 2.0, HbbTV Terminals discover companion devices in the same network automatically. HbbTV and CS applications can exchange data locally without the need to connect to an external server.
Cast Media to Broadcaster's HbbTV Application:
Casting media from mobile devices to big screens like TVs is one of most supported features in many multiscreen solutions like Google Cast and Apple's Airplay. HbbTV 2.0 also offers the APIs needed to implement this feature. The broadcaster's mobile application can discover HbbTV terminals in the same network, launch the HbbTV application remotely and instruct it to play a video selected in the companion application.
Personalized Audio Tracks on Companion Devices:
With the Media Synchronization feature introduced in HbbTV 2.0, it is possible to synchronize multiple media streams on TV and companion devices. This allows end-users to play a video (muted) on TV and to select the audio track with the preferred language in the companion application.
Multiple Camera Perspectives:
In addition to audio tracks, the HbbTV 2.0 Media Sync API allows to synchronize video streams on TV and companion screens. In its companion application the broadcaster can offer additional camera perspectives, so e.g. in a Formula 1 race the end-user can select the cockpit camera of his favorite driver.
Components and Features
Discovery of HbbTV Terminals and Companion Screens: allows an HbbTV application to list available companion screens and a companion application to discover HbbTV terminals in the same network using SSDP
Launching an HbbTV application from a CS application: allows a CS application to launch an HbbTV application on the TV using DIAL protocol.
Launching a CS application from an HbbTV application: allows an HbbTV application to launch a CS application on second screen. The FOKUS framework offers a CS Launcher for multiple mobile platforms and supports Push Notification via Google's GCM or Apple's APN.
Application to Application Communication: allows an HbbTV and CS applications to exchange data via an App2App Communication Server that supports WebSockets.
Multi-Stream Synchronization: allows an HbbTV application to synchronize multiple media streams. It supports Broadcast-Broadband and Broadband-Broadband synchronization.
Inter-Device Synchronization: allows to synchronize Broadcast or Broadband streams on TV with broadband content on companion screen.
The FOKUS Framework provides also libraries and server components that enable companion screens and media synchronization on older HbbTV 1.x terminals using the same APIs specified in HbbTV 2.0.
HbbTV 2.0 CS Node.js Module:
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