29 April 2013

Internet-TV Combination Makes Life Easier

CORDIS News (04/22/13)

European Union researchers are working on the networks and ontologies for the transformation and unification of broadcasting and the Internet (NOTUBE) project, developing solutions that convert the TV into a personalized, interactive experience.  Over the last three years, NOTUBE researchers have developed several technologies.  For example, the N-screen is a Web application that can help small groups determine what they want to watch.  Beancounter is a social Web user-profiling system that can bring people together, regardless of their location or the tools they use to connect.  The NOTUBE TV application programming interface gives broadcasters the means to develop novel Web-based applications and systems that make TV both more interactive and better.  "The concept of linked data allowed the NOTUBE team to set reference standards for online publishers," says NOTUBE researcher Dan Brickley.  "This made it possible, for example, for broadcasters to create personalized news environments and online program guides, showing users what they most want to see."  Brickley notes that NOTUBE works across different devices and languages.  "The results and prototypes from NOTUBE are now more relevant than ever, and show the way forward to develop personalized TV applications where the user still controls their data," he says.