23rd March 2015

FreeTV Alliance delivers on TV industry initiative for open standards
New technical specifications for manufacturers will deliver economies of scale

The FreeTV Alliance, the broadcast industry association founded by four leading European free-to-view satellite operators – Fransat (France), Freesat (UK), HD PLUS (Germany), and Tivůsat (Italy) – has today announced the availability of the first of its new suite of technical specifications. The release of the Remote Control Specification will provide a common way for an operator’s mobile application to control the TV viewing experience on the TV screen. The release is in-line with one of the Alliance’s stated objectives to provide a common set of technical specifications for the television industry based on open standards.

A broad set of specifications is planned for release over the next 12 months. The primary purpose of the FreeTV Alliance is to support the growth of free-to-view satellite TV services, by making it easier and more economical for manufacturers to develop innovative new products that deliver a superior customer viewing experience.

The FreeTV Alliance will develop test suites to support the specifications, which will aid manufacturers in their implementation of the specification. Certification of devices will be managed initially on an operator-by-operator basis. The finalised Remote Control Specification will be published and made available to interested parties through the FreeTV Alliance’s website within the next month.

“This new specification initiative is absolutely in-line with the stated aim of the Alliance to promote the harmonisation of satellite TV services and technology across Europe,” said Alberto Sigismondi, CEO of TivuSat and the Chair of the FreeTV Alliance. “All four founding members are looking forward to working with our hardware partners through the testing phase and then to implementing the first of these specifications in the very near future.”

Commenting on the announcement of the new specification from the DVB World Forum in Copenhagen Matthew Huntington, CTO of Freesat, said: “I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the FreeTV Alliance is releasing its first technical specification – the first in a suite of technologies that will help to remove complexities for manufacturers and provide better services for all of our viewers.”

The initial set of the FreeTV Alliance suite of specifications currently under development include:

  • Remote control specification – provides a common way in which an operator mobile application can control the TV viewing experience on television devices.
  • Remote record specification – provides a common way that a PVR capable television device can work with an Internet based remote record service.
  • Common device certificate scheme – will enable manufacturers to manage a single set of device identify certificates across multiple operators.
  • DRM Framework for SAT>IP – will enhanced the SAT>IP standard to support the conversion from broadcast CA to DRM for secure in-home content distribution.
  • Operator application management specification – will define an applications life cycle and required APIs for HTML based operator applications and portals for television devices.

    To learn more about the FreeTV Alliance please go to http://freetva.tv/

  • 29th October 2014

    FreeTV Alliance announces HD+ as new member

    HD+ - the leading provider of high-definition, free-to-air satellite channels to the German market - has joined the FreeTV Alliance, the broadcast industry association that was announced in September this year by Fransat, Freesat and Tivůsat to promote the harmonisation of free-to-view satellite TV services and technology across Europe.

    Addressing the European market initially, the main goal of the FreeTV Alliance is to support the growth of free-to-view satellite TV services, by making it easier and more economical for manufacturers to develop innovative new products that deliver a superior customer viewing experience. To achieve this, the Alliance is producing a range of common recommendations and specifications based on open standards that will apply across set-top boxes and smart TVs. The first of these specifications will be launched later this year.

    “HD+ is proud to be joining the FreeTV Alliance as we believe this will be a highly effective forum to contribute to the development of the free-to-air TV market,” said Georges Agnes, Managing Director at HD+.

    The FreeTV Alliance members are now working together to establish preferred technologies and common specifications for multiscreen TV solutions as well as providing guidance to broadcasters and content providers deploying advanced hybrid TV services combining satellite reception and IP based interactivity.

    “We are very pleased to be able to confirm that HD+ is now joining the Alliance,” said Alberto Sigismondi, CEO of TivuSat and the first Chair of the FreeTV Alliance. “The size of the German market demands that its views and values are represented and to have the HD+ team on-board will ensure that this happens.”

    To learn more about the FreeTV Alliance please go to http://freetva.tv/

    12th September 2014

    European satellite TV operators launch FreeTV Alliance at IBC 2014

    Three leading European free-to-air satellite TV operators – Fransat (France), Freesat (UK), and Tivůsat (Italy) – have come together to form the FreeTV Alliance. In the first collaboration of its kind, the Alliance aims to promote the harmonisation of satellite TV services and technology across Europe. This will help drive the continuing rollout of compelling free-to-view satellite TV, benefitting viewers, manufacturers, broadcasters, retailers and service providers.

    The satellite TV operators have formed the FreeTV Alliance to make it easier and more economical for manufacturers to develop innovative new products and to assist broadcasters and content providers to deploy advanced hybrid TV services combining satellite reception and IP based interactivity. To achieve these goals, the Alliance will produce common recommendations and specifications based on open standards that will apply across set-top boxes and smart TVs in the European market. The FreeTV Alliance members will also work together to establish preferred technologies and common understandings for multiscreen TV solutions.

    Announcing the launch of the Alliance at IBC 2014, Alberto Sigismondi, CEO of Tivůsat and the first Chair of the FreeTV Alliance, said: “Until now, the major free-to-view satellite TV operators have focussed on building a business within their national boundaries. As the TV and consumer electronics industries become increasingly globalised, now is the right time for us to work together to ensure free-to-view satellite remains at the forefront of the television market.

    “The FreeTV Alliance’s priorities include providing concrete help, support and advice to manufacturers so they can more easily include satellite technology into their devices, which in turn will allow operators to offer an even more competitive service to consumers. We will be able to combine our collective resources to deliver the best customer experience whilst minimising costs to manufacturers and so act as a collective group to agree upon common standards and features.”

    The FreeTV Alliance’s objective is to remove technology complexities, and help manufacturers to drive innovation and create better television services for European satellite free TV viewers. The founding members of the alliance are highly experienced in delivering quality television services in their home countries, both across linear and on-demand viewing. In addition they all have long histories of working directly with consumer electronics manufacturers to provide consumers with a range of high quality devices that deliver a superior customer viewing experience.

    To learn more about the FreeTV Alliance please go to http://freetva.tv/

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