Vincent Grivet from TDF was elected as chair replacing Klaus Illgner from IRT who resigned due to personal reasons earlier this year. Jon Piesing from TP Vision was re-elected as vice-chair and Xavier Redon from Cellnex Telecom continue to serve as treasurer.
Panasonic, RAI and TDF are newly elected to the Steering Group.
“With over 44 million HbbTV devices deployed and hundreds of services on air, HbbTV is the largest interactive TV platform available for broadcasters and service providers to build new and attractive TV and OTT services,” stated Vincent Grivet, chair of the HbbTV Association.
“HbbTV technology and organization are key to enable the broadcast / TV ecosystem to adapt to new consumer demands and market paradigms. Our new Steering Group is further strengthened with the addition of industry leaders who have the experience, vision and determination to take HbbTV services to the next level.
HbbTV will continue to play its role as the place where manufacturers and broadcasters work together (along with other standards organizations, regulatory organizations and national TV associations) to prepare and enable the future of TV.”
The newly elected Steering Group includes the following member companies and representatives:
• Xavier Redon, Cellnex Telecom
• Dr Jens Johann, Deutsche Telekom
• Peter MacAvock, EBU
• Dr Bob Campbell, Eurofins Digital Testing
• Klaus Merkel, IRT
• Stuart Savage, LG Electronics
• Martin Faehnrich, Panasonic
• Daniele Alberto Rascio, RAI
• Angelo Pettazzi, Reti Televisive Italiane
• Martin Boronski, RTL Group SA
• John Adam, Samsung Electronics
• Nigel Moore, Sony Europe
• Vincent Grivet, TDF
• Pedro Valiente Echezarreta, Tivù
• Jon Piesing, TP Vision
• Frode Hernes, Vewd
The 7th HbbTV Symposium and Awards will take place at the beginning of November in Berlin. This year‘s symposium is in collaboration with the “Deutsche TV Plattform” and the overall theme is “Growing Value Through HbbTV”.
(The picture shows an HbbTV application from Slovenian firm Castoola, now part of Beenius)