DVB releases free reference client for DVB-I services

An open source reference client for DVB-I is now available, with the source code is provided via DVB’s GitHub account.

Developed in collaboration with Sofia Digital, the reference client and related materials are released under the open source MIT license and will help to accelerate deployments of the DVB-I specification. Anyone interested in DVB-I can look at the source code and potentially reuse parts of it in their own experiments, trials, and developments.

“This is part of a shift by DVB to deliver more value to its members and to the industry, looking beyond the specifications themselves,” said Peter MacAvock, chairman of DVB. “By providing this reference client, DVB hopes to encourage the adoption of DVB-I specifications in industry solutions for delivering linear television over the internet.”

Android & HbbTV

The release of the first version of an open source reference client for DVB-I completes the first phase of the work undertaken by Sofia Digital on behalf of the DVB Project. This reference implementation consists of a back end, allowing the generation and editing of DVB-I service lists, plus a front end.

The client side is available as an HbbTV OpApp, as well as a separate client for Android devices via a progressive web application. The latter application can be simply tested on anyone’s Android phone or tablet. (See instructions below.)

Sofia Digital’s COO Mika Kanerva said that the company has noted global interest in both DVB-I and the reference client. “The DVB-I reference implementation shows this technology is now working and makes commercial adoption of new standards easier and faster.”

In a recent webinar, Sofia Digital’s Juha Joki explains the approaches and design used in the DVB-I reference client, along with the different application models and how services are managed within the client.  View it here.

Phase 2

The second phase of development for the DVB-I reference client is now underway, with results to be demonstrated at IBC2020. During the second phase, additional features that consumers expect as part of a TV experience will be added. Examples include support for accessibility and parental access control.

DVB-I has been gaining momentum over the past year, with the first public demonstrations at IBC2019 and the publication of the first complete specification in November 2019. The specification defines DVB-I Service Lists, a means for internet-connected devices to find curated sets of linear television services that may be delivered through broadband or broadcast mechanisms. It also defines the methods to retrieve electronic programme data for those services, which can be integrated into a broadband-based television experience accessed through a consistent user interface.

Instructions for the Android app

To try out the DVB-I reference client on an Android device, visit the link below and via the web browser’s menu, choose the option to “Add to home screen.” You can then launch the client by clicking on the DVB-I logo that will appear on the device’s home screen.

http://stage.sofiadigital.fi/dvb/dvb-i-reference-application/frontend/android/

Article originally written and published by DVB.

New study finds three-quarters of world’s UHD services are predominantly linear

Ultra HD Forum’s new Tracker looks at 150 commercial consumer-facing UHD TV services worldwide

A new UHD Service Tracker from the Ultra HD Forum has found three-quarters of UHD services available globally are predominantly linear.

The new Tracker looks at  150 commercial consumer-facing Ultra HD television services worldwide, collating information from three billion subscriptions worldwide. It says 300 million of these have access to UHD.

The Forum’s latest data shows that three-quarters of the world’s UHD services are predominantly linear, serving over 125 million viewers. The other quarter of VoD-based UHD services serve 180 million viewers. According to the Forum, half of all the UHD services now offer HDR, while almost a quarter include some form of Next Generation Audio.

The new Tracker is available via the Ultra HD Forum’s website.

Meanwhile, the Forum has also Version 2.3 of its Guidelines for providing UltraHD service. The update includes new details on UHD, such as  SMPTE ST2110 and ATSC 3.0 standards.

Article originally written and published by TVBEurope.

New version of HbbTV Conformance Suite released

The HbbTV Association has announced the publication of a new version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite.

The new version is called v2020-1 and the first major release of the Test Suite in 2020. It contains 2,586 test cases in total, including 177 for the new features in HbbTV specification v2.0.2. This is an increase of 128 tests over the previous version v2019-3 of the Test Suite.

The Association notes that the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite is an important tool for device manufacturers to verify compliance of their products with the most current HbbTV specifications and their new features. It is available through one of the registered HbbTV test centres and, as a convenience, to HbbTV members for use in their own facilities.

Commenting on the development, Vincent Grivet, chair of the HbbTV Association, said: “As all business organisations, our members and the HbbTV Association are affected by the coronavirus crisis. For instance, we just decided that our April 2020 general assembly will be held electronically without any physical gathering, and, with a lot of regrets, we have cancelled our November 2020 symposium.

“But thanks to the continued engagement of our members and partners through intensified home-working and e-communications, HbbTV work continues to the highest possible extent. We try to protect future product availability and compliance, encouraged by first signs that areas of the world, which play an important role in the TV supply chain, seem to start recovering and going back to normal operations.

“In this context, the publication of this new release of our Test Suite is an important element in our attempt to maintain business continuity and to prepare for the time after the crisis.”

Article originally written and published by Broadband TV News.