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Eutelsat Preps End-to-End HbbTV 2.0 Demonstration over Satellite

By Caleb Henry | September 9, 2014
QuadriCast VOD Eutelsat

QuadriCast VOD graphic. Photo: Quadrille Ingénierie

[Via Satellite 09-09-2014] Eutelsat, in partnership with MStar Semiconductor, Aston and Quadrille Ingénierie, are working together to validate push Video-On-Demand (VOD) using the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) 2.0 standard.

VOD enables viewers to save content to a Set-Top-Box (STB) to watch at a later date. According to Eutelsat, the newest STBs can store up to 500 hours of HD content. The company believes integrating Push VOD into the HbbTV standard will enable more efficient use of bandwidth in light of the increase of individual video transmissions.

The system developed by Eutelsat, MStar Semiconductor, Aston and Quadrille Ingénierie includes the first satellite STB to integrate the HbbTV 2.0 standard. The back-end system is able to transmit prepared content over satellite, as well as present a catalogue of videos for end user devices.

Eutelsat and its partners plan to demonstrate the technology at IBC 2014. The platform is currently being tested by Arte and NJR12.