DVB and HbbTV Release DASH Validation Tool to Simplify Content Conformance


Geneva, November 12, 2018 - The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, today announced that is has collaborated with DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, to compile a DASH validation tool.

The newly released tool conducts checks of ISO/IEC 23009-1 MPEG-DASH media presentation descriptions (MPDs) and segments to ensure conformance with DASH-related specifications from DVB and HbbTV.

“We are excited about the release of this DASH validation tool, which will help application developers and content providers verify that their services are compliant with the HbbTV/DVB DASH profiles, enabling them to offer compelling hybrid services that enhance the viewer experience,” said Vincent Grivet (TDF), Chair of the HbbTV Association.

“DVB and HbbTV have a close relationship and common membership, making this the perfect partnership,” said Peter MacAvock, Chair of DVB. “Content delivery is becoming increasingly complex. Working together, we are bringing simplicity to content conformance for DASH-delivered streams.”

DVB-DASH defines the delivery of live and on-demand TV content over the open internet via HTTP adaptive streaming. It is referenced in the HbbTV specifications, which means that many devices in the market currently support this profile. Content providers across Europe have deployed services using DVB-DASH.

The DASH validator source code is now available and free under an open source license at https://github.com/Dash-Industry-Forum/Conformance-Software. Users can easily validate their content through the web-based interface or build a local copy for use in a production workflow within their own environment.

The DASH validation tool extends the current DASH-IF validator found at https://conformance.dashif.org to complement the HbbTV Association DRM Reference Application and Test Suite.

More information can be found at https://www.hbbtv.org/resource-library/developer-support/.

About HbbTV Association
Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (or “HbbTV”) is a global initiative aimed at harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services to consumers through connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The HbbTV specification is developed by industry leaders to improve the video user experience for consumers by enabling innovative, interactive services over networks. The 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 services.

This year, the 7th HbbTV Symposium and Awards will take place on November 14-15 in Berlin. Registration is possible here. The Symposium is in collaboration with Deutsche TV-Plattform and the overall theme is “ Growing Value Through HbbTV ”. More information: https://www.hbbtv.org/news-events/hbbtv-symposium-and-awards/

About DVB
DVB is an industry-led consortium of broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulators, and others from around the world committed to designing open interoperable technical specifications for the global delivery of digital media and broadcast services. DVB specifications cover all aspects of digital television from transmission through interfacing; conditional access; and interactivity for digital video, audio, and data. DVB dominates the digital broadcasting environment with thousands of broadcast services around the world using DVB specifications. There are hundreds of manufacturers offering DVB-compliant equipment. To date, there are over a billion DVB receivers shipped worldwide.