HbbTV Announces New Steering Group Members - Sets Sights on Continuing to Build HbbTV Success on Global Basis

 HbbTV Announces New Steering Group Members - Sets Sights on Continuing to  Build HbbTV Success on Global Basis  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The HbbTV Association, a global  initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of  broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes,  today announced the results of its recent Steering Group elections.  As part  of this, the new Steering Group re-elected Klaus Illgner as Chairman, Jon  Piesing as Vice-Chairman and Mark Londero as Treasurer.  Over the upcoming two  year term, the HbbTV Steering Group will be focused on further extending the  consumer benefits of hybrid broadcast TV, ensuring continued capabilities to  support new HbbTV services and promoting its wider adoption across the world.  "HbbTV has continued to grow rapidly over the last 12 months and the standard  is now deployed on a global scale. We continue to see a very healthy interest  across the world to adopt HbbTV services and build new applications" stated  Klaus Ilgner, chair, HbbTV Association. "Our new Steering Group has the  experience, vision and determination to take broadcast TV services to the next  level. We look forward to continue our work with HbbTV members, other  standards organizations, regulatory organizations and national TV bodies to  help us continue bringing new interactive broadcast TV to consumers across the  world."  HbbTV has gained strong market traction in Europe over the last several years  and is now beginning to gain adoption internationally.  The new Steering Group  aims to build on this success and focus on several key initiatives to advance  the HbbTV standard including:              --  Maintaining strong working relationships with other industry             consortia such as DASH-Industry Forum, DVB, EBU, UPnP, W3C,             ATSC, IPTV Forum Japan and DLNA to incorporate their             capabilities into HbbTV specifications;         --  Liaising with national TV bodies such as AEDETI, HD-Forum             France, DTG UK, NorDig, Hybridcast, HbbTV Forum NL and other             groups;         --  Continuing to define and extend the capabilities of HbbTV to             meet consumer needs including the HbTV 2.0 specification which             will add new features including HTML5, HEVC and companion             screen interaction;         --  Continuing to operate the organization with focused sub-groups             -  including testing, technical specifications, certification,              marketing - each with mandates to implement goals approved by             the steering group  The newly elected Steering Group includes the following members:         --  Andy Hickman, Digital TV Labs         --  Bernard Fontaine, France Télévisions         --  Frode Hernes, Opera Software         --  Henry Rivero, RTL Group SA         --  Jon Piesing, TP Vision         --  John Adam, Samsung Electronics         --  Klaus Illgner-Fehns, IRT          --  Mark Londero, Sony Europe          --  Nilo Mitra, Ericsson         --  Nicolai Leymann, Deutsche Telekom          --  Peter MacAvock, EBU          --  Régis Saint Girons, httv          --  Rob Koenen, TNO          --  Steven Morris, Espial          --  Stuart Savage, LG Electronics         --  Xavier Redon, Abertis Teleco  For further information about the HbbTV Association visit:  https://www.hbbtv.org/  About HbbTV Association (www.hbbtv.org)  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, and W3C.    SOURCE  ESPIAL GROUP  HbbTV Association Contacts:  Kirk Edwardson and Régis Saint Girons  Co-Chairs, HbbTV Marketing Group Email:press@hbbtv.org   To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2014/13/c7940.html  CO: ESPIAL GROUP ST: Ontario NI: SOF INTERNET TVNEWS 2575 WNEWS  
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