05/22/2012 — Institut für Rundfunktechnik at ANGA Cable 2012
HbbTV Test Harness – Enabling and simplifying HbbTV conformance testing of set-top-boxes and integrated digital television
The main attraction of the fair trade appearance at hall 10.2, booth K35 is the HbbTV Test Harness, which enables and simplifies HbbTV conformance testing of set-top-boxes and integrated digital televisions (IDTV). Receiver manufacturers and network operators can easily integrate the comfortable testing environment into their custom hardware testing procedure, in order to efficiently and reliably validate all the use cases of the Test Suite. The test results, which are automatically generated for the test reports, are captured as screen shots by a digital video camera controlled by the HbbTV Test Harness.
The HbbTV Test Harness enables receiver manufactures and network operators to test TV devices against the standard functionalities of the so-called Test Suite of the consortium. Such test, for instance, helps to ensure for proper functionality of the red button, for opening HTML-pages and the flawless navigation of HbbTV applications by the users.
A further focus at IRT’s booth is on the Broadcast Server, the stand-alone PC-based playout system for DVB, HbbTV and IPTV, which provides precast applications with all necessary control signals to create a playout in DVB. HbbTV applications can be connected among each other and synchronised with TV content via stream events. Beyond that, the server enables compiling own TV transmitter bouquets as well as the playout of TV channels together with Video-on-Demand services. That way it is possible to present live streams on end user terminals. The integrated DSM-CC carrousel generator allows inserting HbbTV applications randomly into the DVB multiplex.
For experimental and demonstration purposes a laboratory edition is the ideal solution to generate transport streams for DVB-S/S2, DVB-C, DVB-T and IPTV.
As a leading member of the international HbbTV consortium, at ANGA Cable 2012 the IRT shows a comprehensive showcase for HbbTV, the standard solution of Hybrid TV, with products, applications and varying receiver types.
HbbTV is a topic at the panel "Content Distribution: IP Backbones substitute Satellite Connections?!" on June 12, at 4:45 p.m. IRT is represented by its managing director Dr.-Ing. Klaus Illgner-Fehns.
HbbTV will be also discussed at the technology panel "Hybrid Solutions – From the Source to the Customer", on June 14, at 1:00 p.m., presented by the IRT expert Klaus Merkel.
Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV or "HbbTV" is a major pan-European initiative aimed at harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top-boxes. The HbbTV specification was developed by industry leaders to effectively manage the rapidly increasing amount of content available targeted at today’s end consumer. It is based on elements of existing specifications including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C.
The HbbTV consortium has over 60 members including: Abertis Telecom, ACCESS, ALTRAN Telecom & Media, ANT Software Limited, Arcelik, SES ASTRA, AwoX, Digital TV Labs, Dolby Laboratories, Digital TV Group, European Broadcasting Union, Eutelsat, France 24, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Fraunhofer IIS, France Televisions, httv, HyperPanel Lab, INFONOVA, Intertrust, Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, KAONMEDIA, LG Electronics, MIT-xperts, MStar Semiconductor, nacamar, NAGRA, NDS, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nordija, Ocean Blue Software, Opera Software, Optiva Media, Red Bee Media, RTL Group, Selevision, SmarDTV, SmiT, Sony Corporation, SRG SSR, S&T, Stofa, TARA Systems, TDF Group, Television Francaise 1 – TF1, TP Vision, Trident Microsystems, T-Systems, Televisió de Catalunya, Telecom Technology Center, TWC, Vestel and Viaccess.