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EuroITV 2012 grand challenge competition; still time to submit your project!

June 1, 2012

EuroITV is the leading international conference for media and interaction related to video and television. The 2012 edition, EuroTV2012, will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 4 to 6 July.

This year, the conference committee is organizing a EuroITV2012 Grand Challenge Competition for premiere creators, developers and designers of interactive video content, applications and services that enhance the television and video viewing experience for consumers worldwide.

Does your product, content, or service add to the positive experience the television audience is looking for? Are you about to rock the world of interactive video consumption and storytelling?

The deadline for the Grand Challenge submission IS EXTENDED and ends now in the NEXT WEEK:  the 8th June 2012.

The submission of the project is a great opportunity to present not only for the EuroITV community but also for a broader professional audience. The submission system is available at:

This is your chance to show how creativeness, technologically and business ideas you have during the most important interactive television conference! Also there is a good chance to go under the three best rated works at the Grand Challenge Award.

The jury board is represented by recognized specialists of interactive TV solutions and applications, so the Award is also a highly good reference for your project to be!

Good luck!


One day into the Berlin Web and TV workshop

February 8, 2011

photo at the Web and TV workshopThe 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. photo at the Web and TV workshop
The need for new APIs and some device discovery mechanism were highlighted during this session.

poster for the Web and TV workshopThe 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
Poster designed by WithYou


Agenda ready for the Berlin Web and TV workshop

January 26, 2011

The agenda for the 2° edition of the Web and TV W3C workshop is now available.

Several topics will be discussed during these two days meeting:

  • Web&TV: Use Cases and TechnologiesWeb and TV
  • Second-Screen Scenarios
  • HTTP Adaptative Streaming
  • Content Protection
  • Metadata / Semantic Web
  • HTML5 and TV
  • Accessibility
  • Profiling / Testing

The workshop will be held in Berlin (Germany), on 8-9 February 2011.

Don’t forget about the dedicated sponsorship program, the deadline is 1 February.


HTML5 logo

January 20, 2011

W3C unveils an HTML5 logo. W3C encourages early adopters to use HTML5 and to provide feedback to the W3C HTML Working Group as part of the standardization process.

The logo home page includes a badge builder (which generates code for displaying the logo), a gallery of sites using the logo, instructions for getting free stickers, and more.  The logo is available under a permissive licence (Creative Commons 3.0 By). Download the logo and the badges here. Read the official post from W3C’s blog and the FAQ for more information.


Augmented Reality Workshop: Paper Proceedings Available

December 28, 2010

Are you interested in a single document including the W3C Augmented Reality workshop report, copies of all papers presented at the Workshop as well as most of the presentation slides?

Then you should check out the Workshop proceedings that have just been published in a handy, ready-to-print PDF file!


Call for sponsors for the Web and TV workshop

December 23, 2010

W3C just annonced a sponsorship program dedicated to the 2nd Web and TV workshop, to happen in Berlin, on 8-9 February 2011.

W3C proposes this sponsorship program to enable organizations to showcase their business and underscore their commitment to the shared goals of the W3C. The sponsorship benefits detailed below allow workshop sponsors to reach out to all stakeholders and decision makers worldwide and to be associated with breakthrough innovations that are paving the future of the Web.

The deadline for requesting to take part in this opportunity is 1 February 2011.

Sponsorship benefits:

  1. For non-W3C Members — 4000 Euros

    For organizations that are not members of W3C:

    • Sponsor logo in print and online marketing communications:
      • All Workshop Web pages
      • On-site printed materials
      • On-site signage
    • Spoken acknowledgment at the workshop
    • Sponsor mention in press release
    • One guest pass to observe Workshop
  2. For W3C Members — 2500 Euros

    For W3C Members:

  • Sponsor logo in print and online marketing communications:
    • All Workshop Web pages
    • On-site printed materials
    • On-site signage
  • Spoken acknowledgment at the workshop
  • Sponsor mention in press release

For further information about this sponsorship program please contact Marie-Claire Forgue <>.


W3C Opens Typography on the Web

August 17, 2010

W3C attends TypeCon 2010 this week for community discussion about Web Open File Format (WOFF), the new open format for enabling high-quality typography for the Web. WOFF expands the typographic palette available to Web designers, improving readability, accessibility, internationalization, branding, and search optimization.

Though still in the early phases of standardization, WOFF represents a pivotal agreement among browser vendors, foundries and font service providers who have convened at W3C to address the long-standing goal of advancing Web typography.

“As a key Web font standard developed by W3C, WOFF 1.0 represents a universal solution for enabling advanced typography on the Web,” said Vladimir Levantovsky, W3C WebFonts Working Group chair and senior technology strategist at Monotype Imaging, Inc. “With the backing of browser companies and font vendors, who are making their fonts available for licensing in WOFF, this new W3C Recommendation-track document will bring rich typographic choice for content creators, Web authors and brand managers.

The standardization of WOFF reflects cross-industry collaborative effort to make a single, interoperable format for WebFonts. Participants in the Web Fonts Working Group includes representatives from browser vendors, font foundries and typeface designers: Adobe, Apple, Bitstream, Google, LettError, Microsoft, Monotype Imaging, Mozilla, Open Font Library, Opera, Tiro Typeworks, and Type Supply. Chris Lilley is W3C staff contact for the group.

Roger Black (the End User Perspective), Bryan Mason (Font Metrics), Raph Levien (Google Developments), and the members of the Web Fonts Working Group, will participate in a panel at TypeCon 2010 on Friday, 20 August.

Read the press release.

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