Fraunhofer FOKUS Smart TV Lab

The Smart TV Lab bundles Fraunhofer FOKUS expertise in the area of hybrid TV & connected TV, SmartTV, IPTV, future web technologies and internet delivered media. The Lab offers a comprehensive test and development environment for cutting-edge hybrid TV technologies, new TV devices and media formats, interactive content, HbbTV and cross-platform applications. We provide support for both application and content providers as well as CE manufacturers to test and validate their solutions against standards (HbbTV, CE-HTML) and in regard to their interoperability.

About the FOKUS Smart TV Lab

Fraunhofer FOKUS has established a Smart TV Lab to build a vendor and provider independent development and testing environment for the newest TV and media technologies and solutions. The Smart TV Lab addresses particularly the interoperability, testing and integration of specific technologies, devices and solutions in the TV and media landscape. Our approach is to provide a testbed, that is:

  • Open for ALL interested players from industry, research and academia
  • Based on open standards (CE-HTML, HbbTV, W3C, etc.)
  • Vendor and provider independent
  • A communication, networking and marketing platform

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Technical Environment

The FOKUS Smart TV Lab provides a professional infrastructure and is equipped with state-of-the-art and market leading solutions and technologies comprising:

  • DVB-S2 / DVB-C / DVB-T2 receiving installation
  • HD & 4K enabled TV and IPTV Headend
    • DVB to IP Multicast / Unicast turnaround
    • 4K and HD Encoder
    • Various highly flexible Software Streaming Server
    • Industry proven Origin & Packager solutions
  • HbbTV Playout System
    • Creation of self-maintained TV test channels and Red Button Applications
  • Development platforms and SDKs
    • All major Smart TV platforms (vendor specific as well as standard compliant through CE-HTML, HbbTV, W3C, and HTML5)
    • Managed and unmanaged IPTV Platforms
  • Devices for testing and evaluation
    • Full range of state of the art HbbTV and SmartTV devices as well as Set-Top-Boxes from all major manufacturers (2010 to date)
    • Mobile devices as Smartphones and Tablets (Android, iOS, Windows)
    • Prototypes and preproduction models TV devices and Set-Top-Boxes for an early evaluation of new standards

Development of prototypes and proof-of-concept solutions

We are building prototypes, demonstrators and proof-of-concept services, which meet the newest ETSI and W3C standards.

Current examples:

  • HbbTV 2.0 ad insertion solutions
  • MPEG DASH SAND Server & Client
  • Interactive 360° Video Streaming for HbbTV
  • DRM evaluation for MPEG DASH content in HbbTV 1.5
  • Synchronous Media Playback between TV and Second Screen through HbbTV 2.0 Companion Screen API