Duration: October 2011 – March 2014

Project Description:

HBB-Next logoSo far, Hybrid Broadcast Internet applications have mostly linked Internet and broadcast by offering on-demand content in addition to current linear broadcast services and by replacing old-fashioned Teletext. However, many more services are on the horizon, and the market of hybrid and connected TV attracts attention from all stakeholders in the media value chain. The challenge is to take hybrid service to a new level where the wide range of expectations of user groups is met. HBB-NEXT will lay the foundations for advanced hybrid multi-user services by building upon existing standards and by enhancing them.

The project seeks to facilitate the convergence of the broadcast and Internet world by researching user-centric technologies for enriching the TV-viewing experience with social networking, multiple device access, group-tailored content recommendations, as well as the seamless mixing of broadcast content, of complementary Internet content and of user-generated content. The project will deliver a set of enablers to allow device-independent applications that can syndicate content from multiple sources, supporting real-time content composition and content distribution for users in geographically distinct areas. Sophisticated technology will be developed for the easy use of content, e.g. advanced synchronisation methods for service components delivered across the Internet and broadcast networks. Data security and protection of user privacy will be an integral part of HBB-NEXT – but in a way that is transparent to the end-user.

Website: HBB-Next project website

Team members from CUO | Social Spaces:

Jeroen Vanattenhoven, David Geerts

Project partners:

Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB),  Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT),  NEC Europe Ltd.,  Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO),  Slovak Telekom, a.s., Slovenská technická univerzitav Bratislave (STUBA),  Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven),  Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen, TARA Systems Systementwicklung GmbH




Vanattenhoven, J. , Joost De Wit , Oskar Van Deventer , Geerts, D. & De Grooff, D. (2013, ). Evaluating Group Recommender Systems from a User Perspective. Accepted for the Workshop on Multi-User Services for Social TV @ EuroITV 2013. Como, Italy: ACM Press.

Oskar Van Deventer , Joost De Wit , Vanattenhoven, J. & Mark Guelbahar (2013, ). Group Recommendation in a Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television Context. Group Recommender Systems workshop at the 21th International Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP 2013). Rome.

Vanattenhoven, J. , Geerts, D. & De Grooff, D. (2013, ). Deciding What to Watch: Paper Prototyping Interactive Group Recommenders for Television. Proceedings of TVUX-2013: Workshop on Exploring and Enhancing the User Experience for TV at ACM CHI 2013. Paris, France: ACM.

Vanattenhoven, J. & Geerts, D. (2012, ). Second-Screen Use in the Home: an Ethnographic Study. Accepted for Linked TV Workshop @ EuroITV 2012. Berlin.

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