Hybrid broadcast broadband Television

Introduction

Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (‘HbbTV’) is a global initiative aimed at harmonizing the delivery of broadcast TV and broadband TV to the home through connected TVs (smart TVs), set‐top boxes and multiscreen devices.

The Hybrid broadcast broadband TV specification improves the video user experience by enabling interactive services such as catch-up TV, video on demand, interactive advertizing, personalization, voting, games and social networking, as well as programme-related services such as digital text and electronic programme guides.

Hybrid broadcast broadband TV uses a single user interface. This creates an open platform as an alternative to proprietary technologies, which increases user choice.

Hybrid broadcast broadband TV is easy to implement and compatible with other hybrid TV technologies such as MHEG-5. Products and services using the Hybrid broadcast broadband TV standard can operate over different broadcasting technologies, such as satellite, cable and terrestrial networks.

Hybrid broadcast broadband TV is being deployed globally. A broad set of Internet and broadcast services have already been tested and implemented.

Our Role & Activities

Developing the Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) specification

Our standardization in the broadcasting area is carried out in the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Broadcast, which brings us together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC).

HbbTV 1.5 is the basis for all current Hybrid broadcast broadband TV deployments. It was approved as an ETSI Technical Specification in November 2012 as an update to the first version of Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (version 1.0).

JTC Broadcast continues to develop the Hybrid broadcast broadband TV specification to take account of recent developments. Version 2.0 (due for publication in September 2015) will add support for new features such as companion screens, advert insertion, Timed Text Markup Language subtitles and Push Video on Demand.

Public alerting services

We are also looking into exploiting the potential of Hybrid broadcast broadband TV to extend public emergency warnings to television as well as phones.

Standards

The following is a list of the latest published ETSI standards on Hybrid broadcast broadband Television.

A full list of related standards in the public domain is accessible via the ETSI standards search. Via this interface you can also subscribe for alerts on updates of ETSI standards.

For work in progress see the ETSI Work Programme on the Portal.

Standard No. Standard title.
TS 102 796 Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV
TS 102 796 Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV
TS 102 809 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Signalling and carriage of interactive applications and services in Hybrid broadcast/broadband environments
TS 102 796 Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV
TS 102 728 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Globally Executable MHP (GEM) Specification 1.3 (including OTT and hybrid broadcast/broadband)
TS 102 796 Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV
TS 102 809 Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Signalling and carriage of interactive applications and services in Hybrid broadcast/broadband environments