HbbTV issues version test suite version 9.0

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Neal Romanek
December 6th 2016 at 10:10AM : By Neal Romanek

The new version will support the HbbTV 2 specification which has been adopted in Italy and the UK

The HbbTV Association has announced the release of test suite version 9.0 which will support the HbbTV 2 specification.

The HbbTV Association is an initiative aiming to provide an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes.

The new HbbTV test suite expands on the existing suite, making it 50% larger with an additional 350 new tests covering HbbTV 2 functionality. It aims to improve test coverage of the HbbTV 1.1 and 1.5 standards. The release is step towards enhancing interoperability between HbbTV services and HbbTV devices.

HbbTV 2, which has been adopted in Italy and the UK, features seamless viewing of video content across TVs and mobile devices, standardised delivery of Ultra HD content with HEVC, improved accessibility of services and enhanced support for dynamic ad insertion.

The current version of HbbTV 2 is 2.0.1 (ETSI TS 102 796 1.4.1). This version adds features to 2.0 that were requested for the UK and the Italian markets, and addresses a small number of issues found during early implementation work on version 2.0. The HbbTV Association and ETSI have withdrawn version 2.0 (ETSI TS 102 796 1.3.1) from publication, completely replacing it with version 2.0.1. 

The test suite is available through HbbTV registered test centres. HbbTV members with the necessary expertise and equipment may license the test suite for use in their own facilities. The test suite is distributed with details on how to obtain a new test harness, which provides minimum required functionality to execute the approved test materials. Commercial test tools, which support the HbbTV test harness specification, are also available from different vendors.

Klaus Illgner, president of the HbbTV Association said: "We're extremely pleased to reach a new milestone with the release of test suite version 9.0. It's an important step towards enhancing interoperability of HbbTV products, enabling manufacturers and TV platforms to improve services and offer advanced interactive features to consumers"   

The next release of the test suite will be version 9.1, due to be released before the end of 2016. It will include tests cases for the features that were added to address requirements from the UK and Italy, and will also expand the coverage for previous HbbTV versions.