Press Release about TV-RING, the HbbTV Developer Website and the Colloquium

High resolution video streaming and developer forum for HbbTV

The global initiative HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is enabling an increasing number of popular applications offered on living room TV sets today. Germany’s Broadcasters currently count approx. 11 million HbbTV-capable TV devices that are already connected to the Internet. The European project TV-Ring investigates what an upcoming generation of advanced TV applications could look like and what kind of infrastructures are necessary to support them. Three public pilot projects, spread across Europe, provide an excellent basis to evaluate different applications in real environments, such as second screen, high-resolution video streaming – up to UHDTV – or the distribution of multiple parallel video streams.

As part of the TV-RING German pilot project, IRT has cooperated with Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) to develop the HbbTV application for the television show “Verknallt & Abgedreht”, which was broadcasted in late 2014 in the children’s channel KIKA of ARD and ZDF.

Another goal of the project is to establish an online information platform and forum for HbbTV application developers under The page is explicitly addressing beginners and experts alike. The objective is to foster the exchange of knowledge in HbbTV application development and to create best practices for the future of Connected TV.

In the upcoming IRT Colloquium on March 16, 2015 (15:30), experts will elaborate on the key objectives of the TV-RING project . The presenters will give a deeper insight into the different activities and pilots of TV-RING. Specifically, the experience gathered from the transmission of up-to-UHDTV video streams over HbbTV will be presented. The participants will be introduced to the recently launched HbbTV Developer Forum and will be invited to actively contribute.

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