2021-06-24

HbbTV Releases an Updated Test Suite and a Set of Test Descriptions to Further Support Conformance of TV Receivers

The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing open standards for advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks to connected TV sets and set-top boxes, is pleased to announce the simultaneous release of the 2021-1 version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite and the Test Assertions Repository (TAR).

HbbTV Releases an Updated Test Suite and a Set of Test Descriptions to Further Support Conformance of TV ReceiversAbout the 2021-1 Test Suite release

The new version is called v2021-1; it is the first major release of the Test Suite in 2021. The release contains 2,963 test cases in total, an increase by 142 test cases since the v2020-3 release.

The new release includes new tests developed for the HbbTV specification for Targeted Advertising (HbbTV-TA) and the first test cases for the new version 2.0.3 of the HbbTV specification. The remaining test cases will be delivered during 2021 and should form part of the Test Suite release v2021-2.

The HbbTV Conformance Test Suite is an important tool for device manufacturers to verify compliance of their products with the most current HbbTV specifications, ensuring that applications and content from broadcasters and content owners can work flawlessly across TVs and set-top boxes from all manufacturers. The Test Suite is available to all HbbTV members and also through the registered HbbTV test centres.

A new tool published by HbbTV to support conformance: The Test Assertion Repository

HbbTV is also releasing a set of test descriptions (“Test Assertions”) which can be referred by any organisation running a conformance regime for HbbTV compliance when a definition of compliance is needed.

The test assertions are publicly available through a Test Assertion Repository (TAR) which can be found on the HbbTV website, accompanied by explaining notes.

 “The release of the new HbbTV Compliance Test Suite version, covering our new Targeted Advertising specification, and the release of the Test Assertions Repository illustrates the commitment of the HbbTV Association to facilitate the design and production of reception devices which fully comply with the HbbTV specification. This is a major expectation from all market players at a moment where HbbTV specifications play an increasingly central role in the deployment of business-critical innovative services, and we want to meet this expectation,” said Vincent Grivet, Chair of the HbbTV Association.

About the HbbTV Association

Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (or “HbbTV”) is a global initiative founded in 2010 developing a specification enabling the delivery of advanced and interactive TV and entertainment services to consumers through a combined use of both broadcast and broadband networks. The HbbTV specification is developed by industry leaders to improve the video experience of consumers on connected TV sets, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The HbbTV specification uses elements of existing specifications from other standards including OIPF, CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C. With the incorporation of activities from the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) in 2014 and Smart TV Alliance in 2016, HbbTV is able to address service providers and technology suppliers for IPTV services as well as the combined scope of broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) services.