HbbTV Services, Solutions & Devices

| September 24, 2018

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HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a global initiative which was, and continues to be developed with the aim of enabling richer TV services for consumers and broadcasters thanks to the intelligent collaboration of broadcast and broadband access of connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. It is a dynamic industry standard which has been adopted more than 30 countries to date (September 2018) due to it being an open and business-neutral technology platform that is flexible and has growing commercial capabilities.

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Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is Canada's Premier Amusement Park. Home to over 200 attractions including 70 thrilling rides. Canada's Wonderland is also home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. More than just a world-class amusement park, Canada's Wonderland is a great place to start or grow your career. The Park entertains millions of guests annually and hires over 4,000 seasonal associates on a yearly basis. We have a wide variety of opportunities for post secondary and high school students, newcomers, adults and seniors to choose from.

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Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is Canada's Premier Amusement Park. Home to over 200 attractions including 70 thrilling rides. Canada's Wonderland is also home to Splash Works, a 20-acre water park. More than just a world-class amusement park, Canada's Wonderland is a great place to start or grow your career. The Park entertains millions of guests annually and hires over 4,000 seasonal associates on a yearly basis. We have a wide variety of opportunities for post secondary and high school students, newcomers, adults and seniors to choose from.

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