European group looks at the accessibility possibilities of HbbTV

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015 14:18pm

HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a digital platform which provides seamless integration of traditional broadcast TV and content delivered over the internet. It also offers opportunities for improving the accessibility of TV, and these are being explored by a European consortium, HBB4ALL.

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HBB4ALL is co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (also known as Universitat Autònoma de Barcelonaor UAB). Its members include other research institutes, broadcasters and electronics manufacturers. The core objectives of the HBB4ALL project are:

  • Creation of a prototypical caption production workchain for use across multiple platforms, integrating captioning services with broadcast news transcription systems, allowing for automatic captioning and translation into different languages.
  • HbbTV-based video-on-demand (VOD) services allowing users to add captions and customise them according to their needs.
  • An HbbTV-based news service allowing users to access live content which is automatically captioned and translated to multiple languages.
  • User testing of captions under lab conditions to deliver metrics for measuring quality.

Research for these objectives will be carried out in Portugal, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

For more information, see the Objectives and Target groups page on HBB4ALL’s website.

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