HbbTV Symposium 2021 unveils speakers and topics

Geneva, November 16, 2021 – An impressive line-up of international top-level executives and experts will provide first-hand insights into key topics and developments of the connected TV industry at the 9th HbbTV Symposium and Awards on November 24-25, 2021 in Paris, France. The in-person event will be co-hosted by the HbbTV Association and French streaming platform Salto.

The conference agenda features panels and presentations on experiences with HbbTV deployments, the rollout of Targeted Advertising solutions, future specification updates, HbbTV OpApp best practice examples, innovations in HbbTV apps, the role of standardisation and insights from the US market. A special session will focus on conformance regimes and interoperability issues in different European markets.

The speakers include Anaïs Libolt (Dolby), Olivia May & James Jackson (Digital UK), Joe Winograd (Verance), Sebastian Busse (Smartclip), Kai Mysliwiec (ProSiebenSat.1), Luca De Bartolo (Tivù), Xavi Redon (Cellnex), Martin Faehnrich (Panasonic), Pedro Valiente & Nello Saulino (Kineton), Stuart Savage (LG), Rachel Mischke & Franziska Kleemann (Zattoo), Juha Joki (Sofia Digital), Nguyen Thi Thanh Van (Samsung), Leticia Noriega (TP Vision), Peter MacAvock (EBU), Erik Gazzoni (SmarDTV), Michiel Willemsen (Irdeto), Martin Prins (Media Distillery), Emily Dubs (DVB), Oliver Botti & Serge Bidault (Fincons), Paul Martin (OBS), Alberto Bruno (Mediaset), Richard Lindsay-Davies (DTG) and Madeleine Noland (ATSC).

The panels and round table sessions will be accompanied by keynotes held by Vincent Grivet (HbbTV Association), Thomas Follin (Salto), Paul Gray (Omdia) and Jon Piesing (HbbTV Association).

The HbbTV Symposium 2021 will also host the fourth edition of the HbbTV Awards, showcasing and celebrating excellence in the HbbTV community. The prizes will be awarded at a prestigious ceremony in the evening of November 24.

The online registration form for the 9th HbbTV Symposium and Awards as well as details on the conference programme, the HbbTV Awards, speakers, sponsors, media partners, the event venue and recommended hotels can be found at www.hbbtv.org/9th-hbbtv-symposium-and-awards-2021/.

The event will be organised in full compliance with the French Covid rules that apply at the time of the event. Currently these would include a requirement for everyone participating in person to be able to prove vaccination, recovery from Covid or a negative result from a recent PCR test. Details can be found on the registration page and at www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire.

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.

HbbTV is organised as a non-profit association registered in Switzerland and has around 80 members which include all global TV manufacturers, the large European broadcasters and TV platforms as well as a vast array of global technology and chipset vendors. More information: www.hbbtv.org

About Salto

Salto is the French OTT entertainment streaming platform, created through the shared vision of the French groups France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 to facilitate new audiovisual consumption behaviours. Salto gives unlimited access to popular TV programms as well as brand new content, to be enjoyed live, in exclusive previews, or in replay, from €6,99/month. This joint platform is aimed at supporting the French and European audiovisual content creation. Salto SAS is equally shared by the three audiovisual companies. More information: www.salto.fr

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