Hybrid Broadcast Broadband For ALL

The HBB4ALL (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband for All) is a European project. It’s co-funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program (CIP) and by 12 partners. They are from several complementary fields: universities, TV channels/broadcasters, research institutes, and SMEs. All are experts in the field of media accessibility and the multi-device environment. The project started in December 2013 and runs for 36 months.

1- Video presentation of the project

The HBB4ALL presentation video is provided with 8 subtitles: English, Catalan, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Basque and Portuguese.
The subtitles are accessible by pressing the “CC” button in the lower right area of the player.

Video transcript in English, PDF: HBB4ALL video transcript in PDF

2- Relevant details

HBB4ALL addresses media accessibility for all citizens in the connected TV environment. HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a European standard increasingly adopted by European broadcasters. One of the challenges in the coming years will be the delivery of multi-platform audiovisual content (anytime, anywhere, any device) and making this content accessible for all. The elderly and people with various disabilities rely on subtitles, audiodescription or sign language. Customizing accessibility services through options for personal preferences is only one example of future possibilities.

HbbTV has the potential to support customised accessibility services for various target groups, by means of its standardised application environment. Future TV sets can meet the challenge of making media accessible for all. By means of “off the shelve” end user devices, It can clearly broadening the scope and potential users of accessibility services. To transform the accessibility vision into reality, HBB4ALL targets all relevant stakeholders and all components of the value chain.

HBB4ALL will identify improvements to existing access services and ways of addressing the key technical, organisational and legal obstacles to the sustainable take-up of these services throughout Europe. This document presents the requirements relevant to HbbTV. They specifically explain which features of the upcoming HbbTV 2.0 specification (pdf article) are crucial for the realisation of future accessibility services.

The three public service broadcasters who cooperate in the project (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany), Rádio e Televisão de Portugal S.A. (Portugal) and Televisió de Catalunya S.A. (Spain)) all have a high interest in using HbbTV including the upcoming version 2.0 as a basis for future accessibility services. They plan to actively shape a proof of concept showcase with their content in 2015.

For more details: the project objectives