German public broadcaster ZDF has added short news, weather reports and a TV programme guide to its HbbTV service for smart TV sets.
Catch-up service ZDFmediathek with its 30,000 videos will remain the core element. For access, viewers need a HbbTV-compliant TV set connected to the internet.
In the short news section, the editorial team of ZDF’s news broadcast heute informs – in some cases with videos – about news from the areas of politics, economy, sports and society.
The weather report contains temperature, rainfall and pollen forecasts through maps and satellite images known from TV broadcasts.
The TV programme guide provides detailed information on the programmes of ZDF, ZDFneo, ZDFinfo and ZDFkultur in the forthcoming week. Viewers can also have a look at last week’s schedules: If a video of the programme is available on ZDFmediathek, it can instantly be watched.