W3C Web & TV Convergence Workshop

Since 2010, W3C has been active in Web and TV. It has worked successfully with the TV community to identify a first set of new requirements for the open Web platform in general and HTML5 in particular. With that in mind, a new workshop on this topic is planned for March. The workshop will assemble key industry players to discuss the important questions of Web and TV convergence, and how standardization can help across the globe.

“Web & TV Convergence, The Fourth W3C Web and TV Workshop” will take place from March 12-13 at IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik) in Munich. The goal of this workshop is to plan the future work on Web and TV convergence, eg, for Hybrid TV, Second Screen, Social TV and TV apps. These requirements have been incorporated into W3C standards and are becoming widely available in browsers and other user agents.

With HTML5 well on its way to standardization in 2014, and a new effort on HTML 5.1 recently launched, it is time to have fresh look at the current state of the art in order to identify remaining roadblocks for the use of Web technology in broadcasting and the TV industry.

Workshop topics will include, but are not limited to the following:

Hybrid TV

  • Next-generation broadcasting: HTML5-based hybrid TV
  • Migration from CE-HTML to HTML5 in OIPF/HbbTV
  • Potential gaps in HTML5 for use in hybrid TV and how to close them

Second/Multiple Screens

  • Multiscreen control/data sharing
  • Authoring web content for multiple devices
  • Enabling multi-screen advertising
  • Using the Open Web Platform for multiscreen: Implementation experiences

Standardisation Needs

  • Standardization of advanced metadata, e.g. for (object) audio or in-band tracks
  • Evolution of timed text to cope with technological developments, e.g. 3D and 4K+ screens

Hot Topics

  • Building TV apps with Web technologies
  • Integration of TV and social networks
  • Moving to HTML from other technologies (Java, MHEG, Ginga)
  • Testing: Discussing priorities for coverage of test suites
  • Multiple streams: Improving support for stream splicing, synchronisation, etc.
  • Further enhancement of Media Source Extensions
  • Harmonization and shared understanding of TV-related standards and the Open Web Platform

In Munich you can influence and shape the next generation of TV and broadcasting content. Discussion may lead to chartering of new standardization work, development of best practices, technologies and/or vocabularies. This workshop will bring together around 150 participants from all over the world.

Registration at W3C for the workshop is free although a statement of interest (presenters) or position paper (observers) is needed. Find more details about the requirements here The deadline for position papers and statements of interest is 3 February 2014.