Linked television in future hbbTV? Exchange of experiences and ideas in joint HBB-NEXT and LinkedTV meeting.

On 30 May, a joint HBB-NEXT – LinkedTV meeting took place at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, which was was attended by 15 professionals from the Dutch media industry. The reason for the shared meeting is that both projects work on similar topics and issues (Connected TV, multiple device access, contextualisation, etc) TNO, Sound and Vision and Noterik joined forces and organised a meeting to exchange experiences and ideas.

Oskar van Deventer (TNO) kicked off and presented an HBB-NEXT demo that uses face recognition to provide individual and group content recommendations which was developed jointly with project partner STUBA. He also gave an update on HbbTV 2.0 standardisation. With the “HBB-NEXT Feedback workshops” the project has a regular forum that is very valuable for the ongoing development work of the project. On that score Victor Klos (TNO) presented and discussed identity management for HbbTV with the group.

After this, Lotte Baltussen (Sound and Vision) gave a general overview of LinkedTV (in Dutch) and the lessons-learned from the first focus groups that were held recently. From this, we learned that viewers of Tussen Kunst and Kitsch (see the scenario here) would prefer to really delve deep into extra information about the art objects presented in the show afterwards. If they would be presented with too much information during the programme, it would distract them too much. The attendees then discussed how the editors of programmes should work with the additional information that will automatically be generated by the LinkedTV system, because many links to related content can be generated. The work on an editor tool, and the revision of the scenarios and requirements is already ongoing within in LinkedTV, and will be expanded and presented in the coming months.

Then, Daniel Ockeloen (Noterik) gave an overview of what LinkedTV has technically built so far (in Dutch) and the ongoing work on a LinkedTV second screen and the future work on multiple screen. In order to be able to quickly prototype these new applications and test them, a multiscreen toolkit is being developed. This should serve the development of apps for multiple user groups with a variety of interests and requirements.

The meeting ended with a discussion on on how to deal with adapting LinkedTV’s additional information to various types of television formats, and on the other hand how and when to best present this information to end users. Over drinks, the participants agreed that it had been a fruitful afternoon, and the intention to follow it up with another meeting in the future.

A special thanks to Rob Koenen from TNO for getting in touch and organising the meeting!

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