We are pleased to announce that next summer at the leading international conference on online video and TV interaction and user experience, the ACM TVX 2014 (formerly EuroITV), longer known as the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video, LinkedTV will organise the fifth Future Television workshop, this year focused on Interactive Storytelling.
LinkedTV has focused on linearly enriching the TV program with links to related information about objects and topics in that program. However, the integration of TV and Web content opens up new possibilities for how a TV experience may be formed, which is moving in the direction of Interactive Storytelling. Here, the TV content and the links from it to other material would be designed to tell an overall story and respect the need for meaningful narrative in content consumption which can be very individual in terms of each viewer’s path through the story.
The goal of the workshop will be to bring together experts from the TV and Web media communities to discuss how LinkedTV ideas can be applied to interactive storytelling with audiovisual material enriched by links to other content. As such, the focus will be on entertaining creative ideas, learning about innovative tools and services and sharing knowledge and technology.
A workshop website will be launched before Christmas with a submission deadline in March 2014 for position papers of max 2 pages. We look forward to your ideas and sharing experiences in the future of television!
LinkedTV is pleased to announce the release of the second scenario demo video, explaining and demonstrating the Interactive News Scenario developed by RBB using content from its daily news programme RBB Aktuell.
The basic idea of RBB’s scenario is to enrich the local news program according to the needs and interests of the individual viewer. In some cases this may mean to just watch the daily news show as it is, in another case the viewer may prefer certain topics in some of the news items, and he or she may want to learn more about the topic in question or inform him/herself about one specific aspect. The result will be a personalised, TV-based on-demand
service which directly links content concepts to online sources which will be displayed in the LinkedTV service.
We are pleased to inform about the great results LinkedTV has achieved at the MediaEval 2013 Search and Hyperlinking Task. which were unveiled last month at the MediaEval 2013 workshop and are now publicly available in the MediaEval 2013 proceedings.
LinkedTV partners EURECOM, UEP, CERTH-ITI and Fraunhofer IAIS collaborated to apply LinkedTV analysis and linking technologies to the BBC-sourced video corpus. As the results were published, LinkedTV found itself in:
Thus the MediaEval activity has helped validate the value of LinkedTV analysis and linking technology on a large video corpus and is an encouragement to us for further refinements and improvements in the coming year. A big well done to the collaborators who spent a lot of time, also over the summer, to produce this winning result!
As LinkedTV passes the second year mark, we are pleased to release a new project overview slideset which covers the progress made in the various R&D activities. These activities have culminated in the release of a first integrated Platform for the LinkedTV workflow, and two scenario demonstrators which show the LinkedTV experience from the data on the Platform presented via our Multiscreen solution Springfield in tablet-based companion screens. Individual progress reports on the R&D activities will come subsequently via the website, in the meantime catch up via our slides on where LinkedTV is right now!
LinkedTV is pleased to announce the release of the first scenario demo video, explaining and demonstrating the Hyperlinked Documentary developed by Sound and Vision together with content from AVRO, namely video of the Dutch TV program Tussen Kunst & Kitsch (similar to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow)
The general aim of the scenario is to describe how the information need of the Tussen Kunst & Kitsch viewers can be satisfied from both their couch and on-the-go, supporting both passive and more active needs. In the videos, we explain how LinkedTV enables the viewer of the show to explore more information about the objects being shown, enriching their experience of viewing.
ICT 2013 this week in Vilnius, Lithuania not only sees the launch of information about the new Horizon2020 programme, and offers a meet-up of over 5 000 researchers from across Europe, it is also an exhibition of the latest innovation coming out of European funded R&D. So not surprising that LinkedTV is there, in the Zone R4 “Intelligent connecting intelligence”, showing its latest tools, demonstrators and first release of LinkedTV scenarios running on our integrated Platform and multiscreen Player. There’s plenty to discover so pop by and talk to the LinkedTV representatives.
“LinkedTV will demonstrate a system for semi-automatic analysis and annotation of audiovisual material in order for it to be tagged with objects of interest within the video and then enriched with links to online content relevant to those objects. The result is a highly flexible and dynamic interactive video system which can be used both in online video and in Internet Television scenarios.
The demonstration will show the playout of a broadcaster’s TV program within a LinkedTV-dedicated player, which supports use of the TV remote control to access objects on screen and browse to related links, as well as display of that additional content with a “second screen” mobile device. On demand, LinkedTV representatives on site can go ‘under the hood’ to show specific aspects of the projects innovative technologies: media analysis, semantic annotation and personalisation components integrated into a LinkedTV platform which powers the linked television experience.”
Johan Oomen of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision presented LinkedTV at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Dubai last week. This conference is the annual key event for experts from the global television archives to learn about the latest developments and trends in their area.
The presentation delved into the potential of SmartTV solutions for audiovisual archives. More and more consumers have connected TV devices at home, complemented by laptops or tablets which can function as “second screens”, e.g. to explore related objects (from the archives, and other online resources) alongside a TV programme. AV-archives are faced with the question how their preserved content could be (re-)used in this new context. Mr Oomen present a LinkedTV solution where, making use of innovative multimedia content analysis and enrichment, these new connected TV distribution platforms and the plethora of (often overlooked) AV-archive content can be dynamically interlinked. You can see – and download – the full presentation on Slideshare.
The FIAT/IFTA Global Conference is the annual key event for experts from the global television archives to learn about the latest developments and trends in their area.
On Sunday, October 27, Johan Oomen of partner Sound and Vision will talk in the “Access & Use” track speaking on Archive content and SmartTVs. As more and more consumers have connected TV devices at home (whether SmartTV or with a Set Top Box), complemented by laptops or tablets which can function for them as “second screens”, e.g. to explore related information alongside a TV programme, Television Archives are faced with the question how their preserved content could be (re-)used in this new context.
We will present a LinkedTV solution where, via video analysis and annotation with relevant entities, linking between parts of a TV programme and related Web information becomes feasible. This can be the basis of new types of services on SmartTVs or alongside, on second screens.
LinkedTV partner EURECOM will be showing some LinkedTV-related results during the ACM Multimedia 2013 workshops next week.
On October 21, afternoon at the Workshop on Event-based Media Integration and Processing Benoit Huit will hold a keynote talk on Event-based Summarization for Media Hyperlinking.
Also on October 21, in the morning, at the 2nd International Workshop on Socially-Aware Multimedia, an EURECOM paper authored by Mathilde Sahuguet and Benoit Huet will be presented: “Socially Motivated Multimedia Topic Timeline Summarization”.
LinkedTV partners such as EURECOM, CERTH and MODUL University will be present at ACM Multimedia all week and can also be contacted via the MediaMixer project demonstrator table (in the lobby) during the main conference.