HBB4ALL is a European project about Connected TV Accessibility. HBB4ALL is co-funded by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).
The project addresses media accessibility for all citizens in the connected TV environment. HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a European standard increasingly adopted by European broadcasters. One of the challenges in the coming years will be the delivery of multi-platform audiovisual content (anytime, anywhere, any device) and making this content accessible for all.
HBB4ALL will examine the delivery of TV content to PC, tablet, smartphone and TV's with an array of communication solutions such as subtitling, audio description, clean audio, and many customizable features. Multiple EU languages, large and small, sign language, and language situation - monolingual, bilingual - will be taken into consideration as well as the three translation modes: dubbing, subtitling, and voice-over.
The project started in December 2013 and runs for 36 months. The official kick-off meeting was hosted in Barcelona (13/14 January 2014) by HBB4ALL coordinator UAB (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona).
The consortium includes 12 European partners, two of which are academic institutions, four broadcasters, two research institutes and four SMEs, all experts in the field of media accessibility. The contractual partners:
- UAB: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona - Spain
- UPM: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid - Spain
- RBB: Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg - Germany
- RTP: Rádio e Televisão - Portugal
- TVC: Televisio de Catalunya SA - Spain
- SWISS TXT: Schweizerische Teletext Ag - Switzerland
- IRT: Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik - Germany
- Vicomtech: Visual Communication and Interaction Technologies Centre - Spain
- VSX: Vsonix GmbH - Germany
- PPG: People's Playground - Netherlands
- SCREEN: Screen Subtitling Systems Ltd - UK
- HC: Holken Consultants & Partners - France