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Digital TV Labs Awarded HbbTV Association Tender to Develop an HbbTV2.0 Test Suite

Digital TV Labs has won a tender from the HbbTV Association to develop the tests for key new technologies of companion screen and media and device synchronisation for the HbbTV 2.0 test suite - the next generation of the widely deployed DVB broadcast hybr

Bristol(31 Jul 2015)

Media and device testing specialists Digital TV Labs has won a competitive tender from the HbbTV Association to develop the tests covering key new technologies for the forthcoming HbbTV 2.0 test suite. The contract is for the provision of tests for companion screen discovery using DIAL, remote launching of companion screen applications, and remote application to application communication. It also includes tests related to the synchronisation of applications and content across devices, multi-stream synchronisation, and improved support for applications to synchronise to video in HbbTV 2.0.

HbbTV 2.0 is the latest generation of the DVB broadcast hybrid standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services, through connected TVs and set-top boxes. HbbTV 2.0, which also includes HTML 5.0, HEVC and DVB DASH among other technologies, enables richer consumer services and new opportunities to monetise content for broadcasters and operators. Such services could include Ultra HD, rich second screen companion applications, push-VOD and ad-insertion, as well as broadcast video synchronised with broadband delivered audio or subtitle tracks.

The HbbTV 2.0 test suite will be fully supported by Digital TV Labs Ligada iSuite for HbbTV, the industry-standard automated test tool for HbbTV. The HbbTV 2.0 tests augment Digital TV Labs’ range of test suites for national platform profiles such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand and its DRM and DASH test suites.

Andy Hickman, CEO of Digital TV Labs commented that:

“This important contract is vital to ensure the HbbTV 2.0 ecosystem is free from interoperability issues and it augments the UK Freeview Play HbbTV 2.0 test suite already available to manufacturers.” He added:

“This latest contract reinforces Digital TV Labs as the leading provider of connected TV test tools for the industry.”

Digital TV Labs expects a HbbTV 2.0 Test suite full release towards the end of 2016, ready for 2017 products, although individual test cases will be made available earlier as they are released to HbbTV members.

For more information on the Digital TV Labs’ Ligada iSuite for HbbTV, please contact Digital TV Labs on



About Digital TV Labs:

Digital TV Labs are leading media and device testing specialists, operating globally with ISO 17025 accredited testing facilities in the UK and Hong Kong. They provide specialised digital media consultancy, testing tools and services to validate digital media and device conformance for multiple standards across the world. Digital TV Labs is part of the Eurofins Group and with over 17,000 employees worldwide, Eurofins has a network of more than 200 laboratories in 36 countries. The company delivers complete testing solutions to manufacturers, broadcasters, operators and related media and device supply chains, covering terrestrial, satellite, cable and IP delivery. This includes conformance and certification testing for standards and operator regimes as well as the provision of bespoke media delivery solutions.

Digital TV Labs is an active member of, or, provides solutions for, key technologies and standards such as CI Plus, DVB, WISA, DASH-IF, Dolby, HbbTV, HE-AAC, HEVC, , RDK, UPnP and W3C.

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