In a joint demonstration with BBC Research and Development at TV Connect in London this week, BBC content is seen running HbbTV 2.0.1 with additional content and functionality controlled from a tablet using a dedicated app. The link between the two allows for additional content to received in real time.
The latest release of HbbTV is incorporated into specifications for Freeview Play and the DTG D-Book 9. The latest release includes integration of Companion Screen and Media Synchronization capabilities that allow content owners to extend content viewing beyond traditional screens in the home and incorporate additional options to deliver a richer, immersive experience for consumers.
“HbbTV has for many years led the way in setting standards that enable truly engaging television experiences, and Opera TV has been delighted to participate for many years as an active Board Member in this association,” said Aneesh Rajaram, CEO of Opera TV. “At Opera TV, we continuously aim to build cutting-edge products that enable our OEM customers to bring the most advanced features to viewers in the living room. This further empowers the content ecosystem to reliably harness device capabilities and engage their viewers.”
The technology is a commercial version of technology first seen by Broadband TV News at IBC in 2013.