DVB and HbbTV Release DASH Validation Tool to Simplify Content Conformance
The HbbTV Association has announced that is has collaborated with DVB, an industry consortium that develops open interoperable technical specifications for the delivery of digital media and broadcast services, to compile a DASH validation tool.
The newly released tool conducts checks of ISO/IEC 23009-1 MPEG-DASH media presentation descriptions (MPDs) and segments to ensure conformance with DASH-related specifications from DVB and HbbTV.
“We are excited about the release of this DASH validation tool, which will help application developers and content providers verify that their services are compliant with the HbbTV/DVB DASH profiles, enabling them to offer compelling hybrid services that enhance the viewer experience,” said Vincent Grivet (TDF), Chair of the HbbTV Association.
“DVB and HbbTV have a close relationship and common membership, making this the perfect partnership,” said Peter MacAvock, Chair of DVB. “Content delivery is becoming increasingly complex. Working together, we are bringing simplicity to content conformance for DASH-delivered streams.”
DVB-DASH defines the delivery of live and on-demand TV content over the open internet via HTTP adaptive streaming. It is referenced in the HbbTV specifications, which means that many devices in the market currently support this profile. Content providers across Europe have deployed services using DVB-DASH.
The DASH validator source code is now available and free under an open source license at https://github.com/Dash-Industry-Forum/Conformance-Software. Users can easily validate their content through the web-based interface or build a local copy for use in a production workflow within their own environment.
The DASH validation tool extends the current DASH-IF validator found at https://conformance.dashif.org to complement the HbbTV Association DRM Reference Application and Test Suite.