HbbTV Association publishes new core specification to support HDR, HFR and NGA

2.0.2 has been under development since October 2017
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The HbbTV Association has announced version 2.0.2 of HbbTV.

The update enables HbbTV applications to benefit from new UHD video and audio technologies such as HDR, HFR and NGA.

The HbbTV Association has announced the immediate availability of HbbTV 2.0.2. This update of the second version of the core HbbTV specification enables HbbTV applications to benefit from new UHD video and audio technologies such as HDR, HFR, and NGA.

The HbbTV 2.0.2 specification has been under development since October 2017, and it builds on significant work done in DVB during 2017. Many HbbTV devices already support these technologies, but there has been no standardised way to use these features. The new specification, said HbbTV, “defines a common, standard mechanism for accessing them from HbbTV applications”.

To promote interoperability of the newly added features, the HbbTV Association will order tests that are planned to be available in time for products going on sale in spring 2019.

HbbTV vice chairman Jon Piesing said: “With this new release of our core specification, we fill a gap in delivering broadband services to connected TVs and set-top boxes. We enable the use of new, exciting audio and video technologies to deliver HD and 4K content with much better pixel quality to HbbTV-compliant devices.”

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