Jury for HbbTV Awards 2021 announced

Geneva, October 18, 2021 – 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 proud to announce that the jury has been appointed for the HbbTV Awards 2021.

The jury members are:

  • Robert Briel, Broadband TV News
  • Paul Gray, Omdia
  • Vincent Grivet, Salto
  • Marc Hankmann, Freelance Journalist
  • Madeleine Noland, ATSC
  • Jason Power, Dolby
  • Xavier Redon, Cellnex

“We are excited about the panel of international high-profile industry executives and experts who will assess the entries of this year’s HbbTV Awards. The strong interest by industry players in taking part in the competition reflects the important role of the HbbTV specifications in creating a compelling viewing experience across all platforms,” said Vincent Grivet, Chairman of the HbbTV Association.

The categories for the HbbTV Awards 2021 are:

  • Best HbbTV scale-up project
  • Best technology innovation in an HbbTV product or service
  • Best tool or product for HbbTV service development or delivery
  • Best individual contribution to the HbbTV Association
  • Judges’ award “HbbTV newcomer of the year”

The entries will be judged on their execution, impact and innovation. A shortlist of finalists will be put forward to the jury who will select the winners.

The prizes will be awarded at a prestigious ceremony on November 24, 2021. The event forms part of the 9th HbbTV Symposium and Awards, taking place as an in-person event on November 24-25 in Paris, France. All finalists are invited to attend the awards ceremony.

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

Jan Ozer
Jan Ozer

Develops training courses for streaming media professionals; provides encoding-related testing services to encoder developers; helps video producers perfect their encoding ladders and deploy new codecs. Jan blogs primarily at the Streaming Learning Center.

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