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Hybrid Broadcast Broadband for All

Project description

Open objective for innovation
The project will show how technology can help to provide more and better TV access services tailored to the users' needs at lower cost in a multilingual Europe

The project HBB4ALL addresses a wide range of accessibility features for a multi-platform media environment - focusing on the hybrid broadcast-broadband TV(HbbTV) concept or Smart TV. The project aims at advancing solutions to future accessibility problems, when HbbTV becomes widespread in Europe.

Understanding interoperability in a multiplatform and multilanguage comminication will allow to test easy colutions for media accessibility.

How to watch TV content on PC, tablets, samrt phones and TVs with an array of communication solutions such as: subtitling, audio description, clean audio, and many customizable features.

Multiple EU languages, large and small, sign language, and language situation - monolingual, bilingual - will be taken into consideration and also the three translation modes : dubbing, subtitling and voice-over.

The project is also benchmarking quality of access services from a user-centric approach, and will promote accessibility as an added value for education, therapy, and social inclusion.

The project HBB4ALL addresses media accessibility possibilities in the new hybrid broadcast-broadband TV (HbbTV) environment. To turn the accessibility vision into reality, Hbb4All will address all relevant stakeholders and all components of the value chain.
One of the prominent challenges of the coming years will be the multi-platform delivery of audio-visual content (anytime, anywhere, any device), be it a broadcast or an Internet service. Hybrid delivery platforms such as connected TVs and two-screen solutions enable a cost-efficient and convenient delivery of access services for those who need them. The elderly and people with various disabilities rely on subtitles, audio description, dialogue enhancement or sign interpretation. Customizing to personal preferences shall be possible within predetermined limits.The HBB4ALL project builds on HbbTV (from the existing versions 1.1.1 and 1.5 to the version 2.0 that is currently in development) as the major European standard for converged services and looks at both the production and service side. HbbTV provides a straight-forward specification on how to combine broadcast and broadband content plus interactive applications.
The project will test access services in various pilot implementations (from the definition to the operational phase) and gather implicit and explicit user feedback to assess the acceptance and the achievable quality of service in the various delivery scenarios.
HBB4ALL is elaborating pertinent guidelines, guides of good practice, metrics, and recommendations and will initiate campaigns to promote the project results. The results of HBB4ALL will be of worldwide relevance and will, through standardisation bodies such as the ITU, also be publicised on a world-wide level.The overall objective of HBB4ALL is to become a major platform/player in the e Inclusion economy currently taking place, fostering the future market take-up while satisfying the diverse interests of all societal groups.

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

PB - Pilot Type B


EU contribution
€ 469 958,00
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alejandra Campos (Ms.)
Total cost
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Participants (11)