Tech giant Samsung Electronics has decided to make its popular Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) media player available to the developer community as an open source project by the name HbbTV on the famous open source developer community github.
This particular move by the South Korean company will give broadcasters and application developers working on HbbTV applications the power to test and validate those applications on a platform which is capable of being implemented on any television which is HbbTV 1.5-compliant.
“We hope that the HbbTV community takes the opportunity to develop and test their HbbTV applications with our HbbPlayer and that we can work together for a more integrated and robust HbbTV system,” said Miyoung Yoo, Vice President of Visual Display at Samsung Electronics during a statement.
Samsung considers HbbTV as a global initiative, which aims to harmonise the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to consumers all around the world through set‐top boxes, connected TVs and multiscreen devices.
A majority of broadcasters and application developers face a number of difficulties when they begin working on their HbbTV applications. The most commonly occurring problem is to meet the HbbTV requirements with their initial code. A small proportion of the developers also face hiccups in developing applications that are fully interoperable HbbTV media player applications. The HbbPlayer projects aims to cater to both the aforementioned commonly occurring difficulties.
The initial release supports HbbTV 1.5 features, and Samsung has planned for further developments to deliver an HbbPlayer that is able to meet HbbTV 2.0.1 requirements. Further, the HbbPlayer comes with full support for DVB-DASH streaming for both on-demand and live content, as well as HTTP progressive download, which includes complete support for features, such as time-shift and trick play control.
The South Korean giant intends to add support for the HbbTV subtitling for DASH-based content, known as EBU-TT-D, by the end of this year. According to tech experts, this particular addition will give talented developers a chance to widen the scope and overall appeal of their content by including a strong state-of the-art support for accessibility features and services.