France Télévisions adopts HbbTV for hybrid DTT services

(Rapid TV News) In a resounding tour de force for connected TV, France Télévisions is to launch a DTT portal and TV news application for connected devices supporting the HbbTV specification.

The development of the hybrid broadcast and broadband portal follows a successful pilot of HbbTV services during the 2011 Roland Garros Tournament.  Developed by WizTiVi, it will be fed throughout the day with news stories by newsrooms in the France Télévisions stable and will feature international, national and regional news bulletins, up-to-the-minute sports reports, the latest video weather forecasts and a guide to programmes.

A social media sharing facility will be added sometime after launch with extra features gradually incorporated.

Users will be able to access the portal, along with the France 2 HD and France 4 DTT channels. In a matter of weeks later, all France Télévisions channels, via all TVs equipped with HbbTV, will gain access even if they are not Internet-connected, by pressing the red button on their remote control.

The France Télévisions connected TV catch-up news app, developed by Joshfire, is designed to allow users  to access news bulletins broadcast on France 2, France 3 and 1ère during the preceding 24 hours. This will be achieved via an interactive facility that allows viewers to browse regional, national and overseas news bulletins by geographical area.

The app will initially be available on Philips television sets and over the next few months, France Télévisions assures that it will rollout the service to more connected devices adding more features, apps and services to coincide with the increased rollout of connected TV.

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