Sony, Samsung trade body to push HbbTV to Brits
Up yours, YouView
UK trade association Intellect, which represents electronics companies and broadcast technology firms, has detailed how it believes the HbbTV standard should be implemented alongside Freeview - effectively sticking two fingers up at YouView, which launched last week.
HbbTV - which stands for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV - defines a standard platform for combining transmitted TV with programming streamed over the internet. It allows broadcasters and online content providers to feed their material to smart TVs and set-top boxes certain in the knowledge that those devices will be able to present it.
Which is, of course, what YouView will shortly be offering, using its own technology and a set-top box built by Humax. YouView will initially only be available in Britain.
HbbTV, on the other hand, is gaining support across the rest of Europe. Intellect's members - among them TV makers Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony - set-top box maker Pace and satellite transmission service Astra - want the same, common platform to be used for Britain's 'over the top' programming.
That's understandable: why build one box solely for the UK and another for the rest of Europe when, if HbbTV would be accepted here, a single box will do for all?
Intellect said it will offer a test stream on Freeview for folk with an HbbTV-compatible TV. The organisation claimed their are - or soon will be -"millions" of devices in UK homes with the ability to support HbbTV.
The Digital TV Group, the organisation which oversees the DVB digital telly standard, has already added HbbTV to its "D-Book 7 Part B" connected TV specification. HbbTV is also mandated for all new Freesat boxes. ®
try this simple test
Pick up your TV remote control. Ask yourself, do the people who designed this have any competency in user experience design?
The correct answer, unfortunately, is 'no'
"If a TV can support HbbTV, then it should also be able to support HbbTV."
Er, I agree,
Dear TV makers
Stop trying to put things in the TV. If you made a dumb screen and a separate set top box I would have upgraded my screen by now. All this feature creep is doing is making me wait for the next gen one which won't be quite as obsolete.
Re: try this simple test
[Picks up Logitech Harmony, presses single, clearly labelled and conveniently placed touchscreen "button", watches Panasonic TV, Onkyo AV amplifier, Thomson TiVo, WD media player, XBox 360, Wii, Toshiba BD player, and/or BT Vision box switch on/off, and configure themselves appropriately for task at hand]
Seems pretty good to me :-)
Poor Lord Suralan - is youview the next Amstrad E-m@iler