LinkedTV is an integrated and practical approach towards experiencing Networked Media in the Future Internet!
Networked Media will be a central element of the Next Generation Internet. Online multimedia content is rapidly increasing in scale and ubiquity, yet today it remains largely still unstructured and unconnected from related media of other forms or from other sources.
This cannot be clearer than in the current state of the Digital TV market. The full promise and potential of Web and TV convergence is not reflected in offerings which place the viewer into an Internet closed garden, or expect PC-like browsing on a full screen Web, or offer interesting new functionalities which however lack any relation to the current TV programme.
Our vision of future Television Linked To The Web (LinkedTV) is of a ubiquitously online cloud of Networked Audio-Visual Content decoupled from place, device or source. Accessing audio-visual programming will be “TV” regardless whether it is seen on a TV set, smartphone, tablet or personal computing device, regardless of whether it is coming from a traditional or new media broadcaster, a Web video portal or a user-sourced media platform.
Television existing in the same ecosystem as the Web means that television content and Web content should and can be seamlessly connected, and browsing TV and Web content should be so smooth and interrelated that in the end even “surfing the Web” or “watching TV” will become as meaningless a distinction as whether the film is coming live from your local broadcaster, as VOD from another broadcaster, or from an online video streaming service like Netflix.
As a result, not only commercial opportunities but also opportunities for education, exploration and strengthening European society and cultural heritage arise. Imagine browsing from your local news to Open Government Data about the referenced location to see voting patterns or crime statistics, or learning more about animals and plants shown in the currently viewed nature documentary without leaving that show, or jumping from the fictional film to the painting the character just mentioned to virtually visiting the museum when it can be seen, or seamlessly accessing additional information that has been automatically aggregated from multiple sources in order to get better informed on an important event that was just mentioned in the news.
Technologically, this vision requires systems to be able to provide networked audio-video information usable in the same way as text based information is used today in the original Web: interlinked with each other at different granularities, with any other kind of information, searchable, and accessible everywhere and at every time. Ultimately, this means creating hypermedia at the level of the Web.
The Web’s original success was the underlying hypertext paradigm built into HTML. Hypermedia has been pursued for quite a while as an extension of the hypertext approach towards video information. But it needs complex video analysis algorithms and is still an issue of research. Television Linked To The Web (LinkedTV) provides a novel practical approach to Future Networked Media. It is based on four phases: annotation, interlinking, search, and usage (including personalization, filtering, etc.).
The result will make Networked Media more useful and valuable, and it will open completely new areas of application for Multimedia information on the Web.