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Call for Participation in TV Control API Community Group

The TV Control API Community Group has been launched:


The convergence of Internet-based IPTV, Video-on-Demand (VoD), Personal Video, IP multicasting video, cellular multicasting video etc. with traditional broadcasting video, satellite video and cable video is emerging on market. The technology gap between web apps and native apps is rapidly narrowing. Thus a web-based application controlling various TV channels with detailed information regarding TV programs is becoming a more and more main stream TV control application for the integrated video service. Furthermore, in many regions TV broadcasters are developing web applications that can overlay their channel in a hybrid broadcast/broadband environment.

Scope of Work

The W3C TV Control API Community Group is to define an API layer that is agnostic of any underlying video sourcing technologies to enable a web-based application to:
– provide EPG information, including the list of TV programs and related information such as channel number, producers, directors, actors, synopsis, rating etc.,
– control and switch the TV sourcing based on channel identifier from EPG data
– interact with TV platform for presenting the TV program appropriately
– interact with TV platform for presenting other supplemental content appropriately
The underlying video sourcing method and technologies, the presentation technology and/or presentation application of TV program and supplemental content are all out of scope.

Operating Guidelines

This group operates under the rules of the Community and Business Group Process. All matters relating to intellectual property are governed by the Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA). All participants within this group agree that their discussions will follow the General Communications Policies.


In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2014-04-24 by Bin Hu. The following people supported its creation: Bin Hu, Yosuke Funahashi, Louay Bassbouss, Marco Chen, Martin Lasak, Raphaël Troncy, Jean-Charles Verdie, Alexander Futász, Sung Hei Kim, Wook Hyun, Erik Lindström. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of its activities.

The group now has access to W3C-hosted services for email, blog, wikis, irc, tracking tools, and more. Read more about tools and services available by default and upon request.

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Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team