SAN RAMON, Calif. - September 1, 2016 - The Smart TV Alliance and HbbTV Association today announced a plan to merge the activities of the Smart TV Alliance into HbbTV, extending the scope of the HbbTV Specification to address Over-The-Top Services. The combined forces of the two organizations will streamline standards for OTT innovation so consumers can enjoy ever more interactive experiences on their connected TV devices.
The Smart TV Alliance and HbbTV have enjoyed strong success as independent organizations. Today, there are over 58 million connected TVs around the world compatible with the Smart TV Alliance specification and more than 6,000 developers have registered to use the specification. Thirty million devices use the HbbTV specification to access 250 apps deployed in 20 countries. The combined leadership of the organizations will bring a more efficient approach for developing OTT services across the industry for manufacturers, broadcasters, content producers and developers.
The harmonization of activities will aim to enable developers to create applications for broadcast and broadband delivery via connected TV or set-top-box using a common HbbTV Specification. The HbbTV and STA organizations have already started technical collaborations and the necessary administrative actions to finalize this arrangement are expected to be finalized within a year of this announcement.
"Our combined efforts will bring a new level of innovation to consumer entertainment services," said Merwan Mereby, president of Smart TV Alliance. "Consumers will see more TV applications and enjoy better interactive experiences when accessing entertainment or information services from their smart TVs or set-top-boxes."
"Through the incorporation of Smart TV Alliance's activities, HbbTV will be able to address the combined scope of broadcast and over-the-top services with a shared focus on delivering the HbbTV Specification that best meets the needs of these converging markets," said Dr. Klaus Illgner, chairman of the HbbTV Association Steering Group.
About Smart TV Alliance
Founders LG Electronics, TP Vision, Toshiba and Panasonic established the Smart TV Alliance in 2012 to create attractive, platform-independent services for Smart TV applications. Smart TV Alliance's mission is to create a large and productive ecosystem for smart TV application development that gives manufacturers a faster path to more and better TV applications, enables developers to write applications once for many different platforms, and provides consumers with a rich source of content and services.
About HbbTV Association (hbbtv.com)
Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (or "HbbTV") is a major global 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 available content targeted at today's end consumer. It is based on elements of existing specifications including OIPF (Open IPTV Forum), CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C.
Smart TV Alliance
Kirk Edwardson - HbbTV Marketing Chair