Through the open standard, viewers can enter the ARD catch-up service and other ARD apps directly from the TV channel, use interactive teletext and start missed programmes.
In addition to existing features such as audio descriptions and subtitles, HbbTV now also enables sign language on ARD’s channels, making streaming more barrier-free.
Joyn will initially make HbbTV available on Sony smart TVs (from Android TV 8.0) with Philips TV sets to follow.
The HbbTV features will, however, not be added to other channels. “At the moment, the implementation is only planned for the ARD channels,” a Joyn spokesperson told Broadband TV News.