One day into the Berlin Web and TV workshopFebruary 8, 2011
The workshop attracted more than 100 attendees from various industries, including TV broadcasters and service providers, TV and set-top boxes manufacturers, as well as standardization bodies active in TV space. In that respect, the workshop is already a big success.
After a short presentation of the workshop goals, its relationship with the newly created W3C Web and TV Interest Group, the discussion focused on requirements needed for second-screen scenarios, such as when a mobile device is used as a TV remote, or when a potential consumer uses his laptop to browse content associated with the TV show he’s currently watching on his primary TV set.
The need for new APIs and some device discovery mechanism were highlighted during this session.
The panel on HTTP adaptive streaming showed a convergence of interests towards the MPEG DASH specification as a key enabler for video streaming on broadband connections. There was a long debate on the patent policy under which this specification could eventually be released. Further improvements to HTML5 (additional events, QoS API, trick modes support) were pointed out.
On content protection, the general agreement was that there was no need to standardize a full-blown DRM system. On the contrary, it seems more relevant to agree on a common encryption algorithm that would leave the DRM system as a business decision.
The minutes of the workshop will be available for full details very soon. Meanwhile, please follow the second day of discussions on Twitter feed #w3ctv.
We would like to thank our sponsors Netflix, IPTV Forum Japan and Tomo-Digi for their generous support. Fraunhofer-FOKUS also provides a great venue for fruitful discussions. Many thanks.
Photo credit: Hristo Mitov – Fraunhofer FOKUS
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