Top speakers to keynote HbbTV Symposium 2021

Geneva, November 10, 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, has unveiled the keynote speakers of the HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2021, taking place as an in-person event on November 24-25 in Paris, France.

Vincent Grivet, Chairman of the HbbTV Association, will open the conference and provide an overview of HbbTV’s current market position and further developments. A welcome speech will be held by Thomas Follin, CEO of French streaming platform Salto, the co-host of the HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2021.

In the keynotes, Paul Gray, Research Director at Omdia, will review the global TV market, covering trends and forecasts, the impact of new technologies and the position of HbbTV. Jon Piesing, Vice-Chairman of the HbbTV Association, Chairman of the Technical Module of the DVB Project and a member of the Steering Committee of the CTA Web Application Video Ecosystem (WAVE) project, will provide the latest news on HbbTV specifications, related activities and upcoming updates.

The conference agenda includes presentations and panels on topics such as Targeted Advertising, HbbTV OpApp deployments, 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, experiences by industry players, improvement options and future scenarios.

“We are proud and excited about the top-level keynote speakers and excellent conference programme lined up for the delegates of the 9th HbbTV Symposium and Awards in Paris. The annual global summit of the connected TV industry will provide a great opportunity to meet again in person, share the latest news and hear about new products, services and market developments,” said Vincent Grivet, Chairman of the HbbTV Association. “See you in Paris!”

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. An independent jury of industry experts will select the winners from a shortlist of finalists which has recently been announced.

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/.

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.

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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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