The European project TV–Ring, led by i2CAT

The European TV-Ring project (Testbed for Connected TV services using HbbTV) has started this September. The first official activity was during the 18th and 19th of September and hold the inaugural meeting i2CAT at its headquarters in Barcelona. At the event attended representatives of the various organizations involved in the project. The meeting was scheduled to present the project and their proposal of tasks that will be conducted until early 2016.

The project, funded by the European Commission through the CIP program (Competitive and Innovation Programme), will focus primarily on the execution of three pilots in three European regions. The pilots will be used as test-beds for advanced applications of Connected TV running under the HbbTV platform, using advanced networks with high bandwidth (NGA). Thanks to TV-Ring, users across Europe will have access to test and evaluate various types of applications such as second screen, UHD streaming or transmitting multiple video streams, among others, in real environments.

TV-Ring counts with a consortium of eight organizations from four different nationalities: Catalan, German, Dutch and Belgians. The project aims to demonstrate the potential it has for the creative industry and/or production of television and the use of multistream transmedia formats. For this reason, the project has a strong aspect -oriented dissemination of results and the potential they offer, especially to small and medium companies in the interactive media industry.

One of the strengths of TV-Ring is the creation of a professional forum (Open Connected TV Forum), which not only promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices, but also will hold meetings and workshops with relevant stakeholders of the audiovisual industry to exchange points of view and strategies for the future of hybrid television.

This first meeting has been the start of 30 months of intense work on the Audiovisual Unit of i2CAT, who coordinates the project. TV-Ring get together to cooperation organizations with internationally renowned like the public television in Berlin-Brandenburg (Rundfunk Berlin- Brandenburg), Catalonia (Television of Catalunya ) and the Netherlands (Stichting Nederlandse Omroep Publieke), service providers (Retevisión ) application development companies (People's Playground), as well as European universities and research centres (Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik , Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and i2CAT ) .

For more information, please visit the i2CAT’s website or TV-Ring's website.

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