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Universal Control API

From: Olivier Thereaux <olivier.thereaux@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:12:59 +0000
Message-ID: <4D75121B.4070204@bbc.co.uk>
To: W3C Web-and-TV IG <public-web-and-tv@w3.org>
Dear all,

You may recall that during the workshop in Berlin, my BBC colleague Matt 
Hammond took a few minutes to present the work being done on a Universal 
Control API - a RESTFul API for query, command and control of set-top 
boxes, media servers etc.

We have recently published the specification for that API, as well as an 
introduction blog post giving more information on the goals and context 
of the work: work on orchestrated media for possible future multi-device 
media services and content distributed across collaborative TV and 
mobile devices, and a flexibile accessibility solution for digital TV 
using remote devices.

Spec: http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/publications/whitepaper194.shtml
Blog: 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/researchanddevelopment/2011/02/universal-control.shtml

We will also have an overview document published very soon on the BBC 
R&D Web space (http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/). I will send a link as soon as 
it is out.

What has been published is implementable today (indeed, we have 
implemented it on two set top boxes, as well as an iPhone "remote" and a 
synchronised web companion app for Orchestrated Media experience across 
ipad and TV) and we would like to collaborate with other actors in the 
field to build a standard API (or a set thereof).

Your feedback, both on the spec in its current state, and on where/how 
you believe the standard work could take place, would be really welcome.

Thank you,

Olivier
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Olivier Thereaux
BBC  Senior Technologist, Internet Standards
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