After some discussion the IG decided to rename the “TV Profile” in “Web Media Profile”. The reason for this renaming is to make it clear that the profile describes what is needed for video services on any device, not just on TV-sets or STB.
The renaming is also an attempt not to exclude from this discussion companies that are not traditionally identifying themselves as “TV companies” but that are still interested in a stable reference profile to rely on when writing interactive video services for the web.
During the last IG F2F, several people have expressed interest in working together on a “Profile for TV” (minutes)
The range of technologies available for web applications is so wide that an implementer necessarily needs to make a choice about what to implement and when. While in some ecosystems is fine to leave to each implementer to choose his own roadmap, in other ecosystems there is a need for coordination in order to harmonize the development cycle of the different stakeholders (CE manufacturers, Content providers, Content Authors, etc.) and provide a good user experience.
But there are also other areas where a profile document can help.
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This document is a collective work of the members of the Home Network TF of the IG and lists the design goals and requirements that potential W3C recommendations should support in order to enable access to services and content provided by home network devices, including the discovery and playback of content available to those devices, both from services such as traditional broadcast media and internet based services but also from the other services running on another home network device.
Launched in February 2011, the Web and TV Interest Group is a forum for Web and TV technical discussions, aimed to review existing services and technologies as well as new scenarios and identify gaps in the web platform that would prevent these services to be deployed in an effective and interoperable way across devices.
Gaps analysis is the first, yet important, step in creating new standards. The IG Task Forces are in charge of reviewing use cases from the TV community and bringing the identified (potential) gaps as input to one or more W3C Working Groups. TF members follow-up the discussion in the WGs and make sure that the identified use cases are accepted and addressed by WGs (or brought back to the IG for refinement, if needed).
The Web&TV IG is a pretty young group but is growing, with currently more than 123 participants from 44 organizations.