SAN JOSE, Calif. – Engineers have until the end of the week to submit proposals for an Open Connected TV standard. The OCTV effort, led by Leonardo Chiariglione, aims to create a specification based on open source software and standards that will accelerate the rise of Web-ready televisions.
The OCTV is an effort under the Digital Media Project, a broad industry group founded by Chiariglione in 2003.
Chiariglione is considered the father of the MPEG, one of the most widely used compression technologies. In 1999 he led the Secure Digital Music Initiative, an effort to define a common digital-rights management scheme for digital music that failed in part due to competing commercial agendas.
The OCTV project aims "accelerate the development of a broad market of products, content, services and applications designed to enrich one-way TV services with interoperable multichannel two-way content access and delivery," the group said.
The DMP group plans "not to develop a complete product or a running service, but only the specification and an industry-grade a software platform implementing it that may be used for commercial products and services," it said.
Currently, "implementations [of connected TVs] are largely proprietary," the group said it its requirements document available online.
The document said spec should support all forms of content, including those protected by conditional access systems. The spec should also provide for interactivity including support for widgets and open APIs, covering both media clients and servers.
The group called for proposals based on MPEG-M with client software written in C or C++ supporting Android or Linux and server software in Java supporting Linux. Proposals must also support HTML/CSS, the REST API or SOAP Web services and provide a security layer for both servers and clients.
The DMP will convene in Geneva on March 26 in a meeting hosted by the ITU-T to review proposals.